April 8, 15, 22 “Tiptoeing on Eggshells? Navigating our Way in Ideologically Diverse Faith Communities” with Dr. Ken McFayden. If we value the presence of the church in the world, how do we work with the presence of the world in the church? To what degree are members and leaders able to share diverse political and social convictions? This three-session class will explore opportunities and strategies through which faith communities may facilitate genuine and substantive conversations in a time of ideological polarization.
This turn-of-the-century residential neighborhood located in Richmond’s northside, Ginter Park Historic District, is characterized by wide boulevards running north and south and large residential lots. The institutional anchor located in the center of the neighborhood is Union Presbyterian Seminary, built in 1898. This easily walkable tour will feature homes in the immediate blocks north and south of it. Seminary Avenue offers a surprising variation of architectural styles, ranging from modest Queen Anne cottages to stately Colonial Revival mansions. Formal, tree-lined streets and sidewalks throughout the district were part of the initial community planning begun by Major Lewis Ginter in the 1890s. One of Richmond’s first streetcar suburbs, it was conceived and planned by this prominent Richmond industrialist and philanthropist of the late 19th century. Ginter made his fortune marketing pre-rolled, pre-packaged cigarettes and was co-founder of the American Tobacco Company. In the early 1890s, towards the end of his life, he turned his attention to community planning by purchasing several hundred acres of farmland in Henrico County north of Richmond and constructing Ginter Park.
Clyde Davis is certified to teach a form of Tai Chi for health specifically developed for those suffering from arthritis. Whereas those with arthritis are encouraged to attend, it’s a perfect beginning class for anyone wishing to begin the practice of Tai Chi. For those who have trouble standing, the form can be done in a chair. The class is open to anyone interested from the church, seminary or the community for no cost. We encourage those participating to wear loose fitting clothing and shoes with flat soles but this is not mandatory.
Wednesday afternoons for children and families: It’s choir rehearsal for children of all ages plus a big family dinner for children and parents alike. 4:15 Children in grades 2-5 meet in Fellowship Hall; snack is first, then rehearsal in the choir room. 5:00 Children age 3 to 1st grade meet in the Fellowship Hall while older children play freely 5:30 All children and families gather for dinner in the Fellowship Hall. Main dish is provided. The meal is free and open to all!