Join us over the lunch hour as our speakers give their presentations. Please feel free to pack a lunch or bring takeout to enjoy!

Program on September 15, 12 noon

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The Supreme Court’s 2021-2022 Term – A Year of Controversy.

During its 2021-2022 term, the Supreme Court issued decisions on a variety of controversial issues, including firearms regulation, abortion, environmental regulation, the free exercise of religion, and immigration.  

Ted Hirt, who was a career attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice for over 36 years, “recaps” several  of the Court’s decisions, and discusses cases that the Court may decide in its next term.

Program on October 20, 12 noon

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Barbara Spicer on Pressing Flowers

Program on November 17, 12 noon

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Writing Retreat for the Wandering Soul

Mike Allwein recently returned from an 18-day writing retreat in Ireland.  This was the perfect time when the veil between worlds—new and old, material and spiritual, water and land, castle and cottage—thins.  This time in Ireland was a “thin” place for the juxtaposition of these worlds.  Mike spent one week in the enchanting magnificence of Clontarf Castle in Dublin, several days in culture-packed Skeffington Arms in Galway, and a final week in the unpretentious charm of Kilmurvey House on the fabled island of Inis Mor (Irishmore), one of the Aran Islands off the Irish west coast.  Mike will share memories from his journal–heart, mind, soul–brought back from this time of retreat into that part of himself where the writing life springs up with a gentle urgency.  At least one shared journal entry from this time away seems to be most appropriate at this time!

Mike’s Biography:

Mike Allwein and his wife, Lois, have lived in Gettysburg for nearly 20 years.  They have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, two grandsons and one granddaughter.  Mike is pastor emeritus from St. James Lutheran Church, where he served the congregation and this community for 18 years.  Mike holds a BS in Secondary English Education and an MS in Mental Health Counseling, as well as an M.Divinity degree.  He is a Board Certified Counselor and a Certified Spiritual Director.

Mike spends as much time as possible on the tennis courts, loves to ride bike, and attends to his garden daily.  Mike loves living in Gettysburg because of its exciting vitality, providing numerous possibilities for continued growth and creative learning. He continues to be involved in the local area in ways that support our elected leadership as well as our volunteer leaders in this community.

Program on December 15, 12 noon

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Buzz Jones will be presenting a Thursday noontime session to discuss his Jazz Tributaries Project that will be premiere at the MT on October 1.  The concert is sponsored, in part, by an ACAC STAR grant. The session would be about the genesis of his jazz suite, Axiom Asunder Redux, and how it is linked with the poetry of Langston Hughes. Please the attachments.