Seekers School of Christian Living
These one-evening sessions offered between terms are open to all. Participants are invited to come at 7:00 PM with a brown bag meal to eat together before the class. Classes start at 7:30 PM.
THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF THE GOSPELS
Facilitated by Kate Amoss
Over the last few years, more and more research in neurobiology—the way the brain works—has confirmed the basic wisdom of many spiritual traditions. Now, much of this information can be understood through a basic understanding of the differences between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system function.
Kate Amoss, a practicing psychotherapist, has been exploring these concepts and would like to share her understandings of them with you. This information will be personally helpful to youand give you anew lensfor understanding some of the teachings of the gospels.
DON’T BE STRESSED, SAY YOU ARE BLESSED
Facilitated by Linda Nunes-Schrag
As we explore the lives of Jesus and the apostles, did they encounter distress/stress/depression in their lives? Does stress affect our health and well-being? If you have taken Kate Amos’ workshop, you will have had an understanding of this subject and its effect. Using our inner resources and some evidence-based techniques, we will widen our self-management toolbox.
Linda Nunes-Schrag is a certified master trainer and facilitator through the Stanford University Patient Education Center, and is the Health Promotion Program Coordinator in Prince George’s County.
NEW SHOW IN THE SEEKERS GALLERY
“The Yin and Yang of My Art”
by Mary Eggers
November 28, 2016 – January 29, 2017
Seekers Church is pleased to introduce our guest artist for December and January, Mary Eggers. “The Yin and Yang of My Art” is a selection of 19 paintings that move from the artist’s representational florals to her abstract work. The florals show her love of bold color and the beauty of nature, while the abstracts show her expression of thoughts and feelings. Mary has been creating art since the late 70s with photography, stained glass and paintings. Her work is shown in the Washington metro area and on occasion nationally.
Contact Mary about her work at:
Interfaith Iftar with Haneefiya America
On Friday, June 17, 2016 two Stewards of Seekers Church, Jacqie Wallen and Sandra Miller, attended an Interfaith Iftar with Haneefiya America Zawiya at the Silver Spring Civic Center where the group regularly worships. The invitation to this Iftar came through Mike Little of Faith and Money Network, a mission grown from Church of the Saviour. Mike has been in regular dialogue with the group, crossing boundaries and building bridges of understanding. Also in attendance was Kim Montroll of Bread of Life Church, a Church of the Saviour community where Mike Little also worships, and people from other faith communities in Mike’s network.
Those who arrived early were privileged to witness the first set of prayers for the evening. I was happy to sink into the rolling sounds of the men chanting the verses of the Qur’an and offer my own prayers to our common God. After we broke fast with delicious Senegalese food, Imam Papa Mboup invited several of the guests to say a few words during the program. It was a privilege to be asked, most especially because I was the only woman. All in all, a wonderful experience of showing solidarity with our Muslim neighbors who are feeling the brunt of verbal and physical abuse in these charged political times.
The Beauty of Islam
One Saturday June 4, 2016 a joint project of the Muslim Women’s Coalition of Greater Washington, the Interfaith Sacred Conversation on Race and Diversity, and the Eyes to See, Ears to Hear Peace Prayer Mission group of Seekers Church offered the first in a series of events open to the wider community in an effort to enlarge people’s knowledge of Islam. "Sublime Messages and Art of Islamic Calligraphy"
was presented by Nur Muhammad Osier in an academically grounded power point that explained how Islamic calligraphy came into existence, the six scripts used, and the long line of masters that led to his standing before the gathering and his status as a student of this amazing art.
When we look at Islamic calligraphy we are transported to another dimension. It is the highest form of Islamic art and medium through which the sublime messages of the Islamic religion, especially the Holy Quran, were conveyed and blessings bestowed. In addition to the Quran, the descriptions, characteristics, and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) are major subjects of Islamic calligraphy. In particular, the Hilye, or the description of the Prophet Muhammad as given by people who saw him during his lifetime, is one of the most important pieces in Islamic calligraphy, and is often the goal of the student to become a certified calligrapher.
After the power point presentation, with its numerous personal touches, Nur’s teacher Muhammad Zakariya kindly spoke briefly and fielded questions from our gracious audience as guests enjoyed an abundant buffet of tea and treats.