January 5, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – As science brings to light ever more about the vastness of our universe and its evolution, how do we fit God and humanity into the picture? That is the question that Sister Sara Fairbanks, OP, PhD, will explore in her two-part series, “Who Are You as a Christian in an Evolving Universe?”
Sessions will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, January 17, 2018, and January 24, 2018, at Weber Retreat and Conference Center in Adrian. During Part 1, Sister Sara will center on the question, “What does the new universe story say about God and humanity?” This session will explore the new discoveries of contemporary theologians about God our Creator and about our place in the universe.
During Session 2, Sister Sara will focus on “How does the biblical vision of humanity illumine the new universe story?” The biblical stories of creation found in Genesis 1-2 and in biblical wisdom literature will be studied for their key insights about God, humanity, and all of creation.
Currently the Director of Vocations for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Sister Sara served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Barry University in Miami. She holds a master’s degree in theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri, and a doctorate in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College, the Toronto School of Theology in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The cost for each session is $5 and registration is required. To register, call Weber Center at 517-266-4000 or register online at https://weber.adriandominicans.org/Registration.aspx
Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.
September 13, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – The public is cordially invited to attend two special programs that Weber Center will host toward the end of September.
Baldemar Velasquez, founder and President of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) will speak on his work organizing migrant farm workers as FLOC celebrates 50 years of social justice work.
Mr. Velasquez’s presentation, “Celebrating 50 Years of Struggle: The Story of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee,” will be on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at Weber Center. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments, followed by the presentation from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
During the evening, Mr. Velasquez will share the amazing story of how migrant farm workers gained a voice and participation in collective bargaining. Growing up in a migrant farmworker family based in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, he experienced first-hand the life of migrant workers. He was the first college graduate in his family, earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1969 from Bluffton College (now University) in Bluffton, Ohio.
Mr. Velasquez founded FLOC in 1967 in response to the injustices that migrant farm workers faced. FLOC was the first union to be involved in collective bargaining agreements with several parties and is still heavily involved in organizing labor negotiations to bring just living conditions to farm workers. This presentation is free, and no registration is required.
Theologian John F. Haught, a Distinguished Research Professor at Georgetown University, will discuss the ways in which humanity’s new understanding of the cosmos casts light on our new understanding of God, our religion, and our religious traditions.
Dr. Haught’s presentation, “Faith and Theology for an Unfinished Universe,” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Weber Center. The $45 cost includes lunch.
Dr. Haught specializes in systematic theology, particularly on the issues of science, cosmology, evolution, ecology, and religion. He focuses on a vision of reality that provides room for both scientific inquiry and a biblical understanding of God.
Registration for “Faith and Theology for an Unfinished Universe” is required. To register, call Weber Center at 517-266-4000 or register online at www.webercenter.org/Registration.aspx. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration.
Weber Center hosts a variety of programs. See the list of upcoming programs.
Weber Center is located on the grounds of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse campus, East of Siena Heights University.
For more information, call Weber Center at 517-266-4000.