Connections is Winnetka Presbyterian’s time after worship for deepening our understanding of the world, the connections between us, and the many meanings of faith. Join us at 11:00 am. All are welcome.
Today’s Connection (formerly known as “Bonus Hour”).Come join us for a discussion of the podcast, “The Inner Landscape of Beauty,” with John O'Donohue. John O'Donohue (1956–2008) was an Irish poet, author, priest, and Hegelian philosopher.This is an extraordinary interview, about which podcast host Krista Tippett said, "No conversation we’ve ever done has been more beloved thanthis one. Thiswas one of the last interviews he gave before his unexpected death in 2008. But John O’Donohue’s voice and writingscontinuetobringancientmysticalwisdomtomodernconfusionsandlongings.”Discussionledby Kathy Fink.
June 16—Book discussion: Meeting God in the Darknessby Robert K. Hudnut
The Reverend Robert K. Hudnut was a remarkable man and the pastor of Winnetka Presbyterian Church from 1975 to 1994. A graduate and then trustee of Princeton University, he received his religious training at Union Theological Seminary. He was a passionate advocate for social justice and clean politics (as a young man he ran as a reform candidate for mayor of Albany), and the author of 13 books. Meeting God in the Darkness’ discussion leader will be Ernie Palmer.
June 23—Interview: Dan McNerney, Refugees and Egypt
Dan is Associate Director of Frontier Fellowship, whose goal is to present the Gospel to unreached people groups throughout the world. Over the last thirty years, Frontier Fellowship has established numerous indigenous churches amongst unreached people groups. Dan has helped Frontier Fellowship begin new frontier mission work in Latin America, parts of Europe, and in the Middle East. In the United States, Dan helps churches establish redemptive, bridge-building relationships with local mosques and Muslim communities He has a passion to see the Muslim world have access to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Come and hear an extraordinary man who advocates for Christian values in some of the most far flung parts of the world. Interviewed by Paul Gilmore.
June 30—Interview: Fascinating lives at WPC—Bob Crowe
Robert Crowe, besides being a member of Winnetka Presbyterian Church, grew up in a single parent home in Hyde Park, lived through the depression, was a bombardier in a B-17 bomber in World War II, worked as counsel to R. R. Donnelley (a large printing company), started a mediation practice called Resolve after his retirement, and is a man who reads books with his wife each morning at breakfast. Bob will be interviewed by Ward Wilson.
July 7—Topic discussion: To Be Announced
July 14—Topic discussion: Social media and children’s anxiety
Recent research into anxiety in middle-school aged children shows an alarming correlation between use of social media and anxiety in children. Ward Wilson and Erik Scheier will report on six articles with the latest findings and lead a discussion.
July 21—Book discussion: Lost Connectionsby Johann Hari
Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking antidepressants when he was a teenager. He was told—like his entire generation—that his problem was caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began toinvestigate this question—and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong. Across the world, Hari discovered social scientists who were uncovering the real causes—and they are mostly not in our brains, but in the way we live today. Hari’s journey took him from the people living in the tunnels beneath Las Vegas, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin—all showing in vivid and dramatic detail these new insights. They lead to solutions radically different from the ones we have been offered up until now. Just as Chasing the Screamtransformed the global debate about addiction, with over twenty million views for his TED talk and the animation based on it, Lost Connectionswill lead us to a very different debate about depression and anxiety—one that shows how, together, we can end this epidemic. The discussion will be led by Kathy McNair and Susan Bertram.
July 28—Video and discussion: Why Religion is Important—video of Jordan Peterson
The New York Timescalls Peterson “The most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now.” Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He has taught mythology to lawyers, doctors and business people, consulted for the UN Secretary General and helped his clinical clients manage depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety. His book Maps of Meaningrevolutionized the psychology of religion. Ward Wilson will lead the discussion after the video.
Yes She Can
10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House. Return to President Obama’s White House in this anthology for young women by young women, featuring stories from ten inspiring junior staffers who joined his administration right out of college with the hope of making a difference.
by Martha Hall Kelly
The runaway bestseller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. This sweeping new novel, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline's mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.