Courses

Whether a person of faith or not, you'll likely find these stories fascinating. Because of its genius in communicating abstract concepts via concrete languaging, the Old Testament-what Jews call TANAK-is filled with interesting, even irresistible, reading. Bring a Bible if you like, and get ready to be enchanted, intrigued, informed, amused, puzzled, and even shocked.



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Although an hour drive from Greenville to the Aurora Fossil Museum you will travel 28 million years back in time. George Powell is a local amateur paleontologist, and will be leading this trip. On this trip, you will see fossil remains of creatures that lived in Eastern North Carolina including: whales, walrus, seals, sharks, stingrays, and fish.



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This program is a collaboration between the Lifelong Learning Program and the Pitt County Historical Society.



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This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

Book group members are often women, but here's a group for men, though women are welcome. The focus is on non-fiction books of history and historical figures. Members will choose and discuss a different book every month. You will get the chance to make new friends and discuss interesting and stimulating topics.



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The goal of the course is to ponder the question asked by William Blake (1757-1827): What do you see when you look out over the landscape? Do you simply see the sun rising or do you see the flaming forth of the deep mystery of the universe? This course aims to stimulate an aesthetic appreciation and a sense of the sacredness of the universe expanding our sense of connectedness with the Earth.



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Rituals are all around us, some obvious (weddings, for example), some not so apparent (your morning routine perhaps). Ritual is often associated with church, and many faith traditions are steeped in ritual. But ritual is not limited to religion. In our time together, we will explore the meaning and components of ritual and ceremony. In addition, we will take a look at the milestone moments in your life and you will have a chance to begin creating a ritual for one that is upcoming.



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This class is designed to discuss the prophets of God and why God sent many prophets and Messengers. In the Holy Book Qur'an, God mentioned twenty five messengers, and five of strong will. These five are Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad (PBUH). In this class, we will review the life and mission of these five Prophets based on the Qur'anic stories.



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Students will learn some wisdom from Kabbalah about: why we are created (breaking of the vessels); what role we should play in our world (tikkun olam); how we should connect with: ourselves, each other, God (the sefirot); how we find awareness and truth; and the implications of "all is God."



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In this class, we will view and discuss documentary photos of the US Navy and Merchant Marine from 1976-1986, relating military, oceanographic and commercial uses of the oceans during the Cold War.



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