Two-Session Class on Why We Are Where We Are

Adult education during Advent has been a long tradition in our church. This year, we will be reading parts of Jonathan Sacks: The Dignity of Difference. How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations, (New York / London: Continuum 2001.)

The book is important, because it has an uncomplicated way of helping us understand some of the great trends of our time and their impact not only on us as modern believers, but on our lives in general. Readers will learn why many houses of worship are in decline, and how this is only a part of the way our society develops in general. Sacks, who is England’s Chief Rabbi, tries to balance his observations with what he calls the intentional pursuit of the “Dignity of Difference”.

To me, the book is as important a milestone as was Reinhold Niebuhr’s “Moral Man and Immoral Society” a lifetime ago. If you like, please purchase The Dignity of Difference on your own – although this is not a condition to attend the class. The price should be around $12.00. The class will meet on these two dates; as arranged with Ben, there will be no choir rehearsal on these evenings:

  • Wednesday, December 26, 7:30-9:00PM, Randolph Room
  • Wednesday, January 2, 7:30-9:00PM, Randolph Room

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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