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Adult Education: Sunday Opportunities

Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids:
7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict Into Co-operation
4-Week Lenten Book Study for Parents, Grandparents, Teachers
Sundays, March 26 at 10:00am
Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids, authored by Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson, is primarily a book about parent-child relationships. The processes and suggestions for improving respect and co-operation are most directly applicable to children ages 8 and above, but can be modified to apply to all ages of children, and are also very effective in communicating with adult family members.

Join Linda each Sunday morning at 10:00am as we read assigned segments of the book, then discuss and apply what we are reading.

Linda Nylund, M.S. is a retired Speech and Language therapist with 38 years of experience working with children and parents. In her role as teacher and parent, she found the facilitation of social emotional intelligence to be an essential foundational skill for successful teaching and parenting. It is her great joy to learn and teach Conscious Discipline as her way of continuing to contribute to her community.

Lenten Bible Study Series: "True Fasting"
Sundays, March 26, April 2 and 9 at 10:00am

March 26
Becca Schwartz
Immigrant & Refugee Settlement in Madison
April 2
Carrie Sanders
The New Jim Crow
April 9
Corinda Rainey-Moore
Race to Equity

"Refugee Settlement in Madison"
Sunday, March 26 at 10:00am
Facilitators: Dawn Berney, Executive Director & Becca Schwartz of Jewish Social Services

Dawn and Becca from Jewish Social Services will discuss Refugee Resettlement in the United States and more specifically in Madison. They will touch on JSS's history of refugee resettlement, the importance of "welcoming the stranger," in the Jewish faith as well as the recent executive order and the consequences it is having here in Madison. They will allow plenty of time for question as this topic has been in the news lately.

Dawn went to graduate school in Public Administration at Syracuse University specifically because of her love of social policy and budgets. During the 15 years that she has lived in Madison she has volunteered for JSS, and has been president of Congregation Shaarei Shamayim.

Becca joined Jewish Social Services in January 2017 to head up the new Refugee Resettlement Program. She is a Middleton native who recently moved back to the area after over a decade working in various parts of East and West Africa. She earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Drexel University before joining the Peace Corps where she started working in small business development. Since then she has worked in renewable energy, social enterprise and non-profit management.

"The New Jim Crow"
Sunday, April 2 at 10:00am
Facilitator: Carrie Sanders, Covenant Member

This session is intended for people who care deeply about racial justice, but are not fully aware of the crisis faced by communities of color as a result of mass incarceration. In order to get a better picture of the issues to be discussed, it is recommended that attendees read the excerpt from Michelle Alexander's, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Whether having read the excerpt or not, all are welcome to attend.

Michelle's book offers readers an opportunity to look deeply at their own role in supporting and perpetuating mass incarceration in America. The discussion will be focused on some of the theological and Biblical underpinnings that offer us a guide and, perhaps, an imperative for our response to end what Alexander refers to as "America's latest caste system."

"Race to Equity"
Sunday, April 9 at 10:00am
Facilitator: Corinda Rainey-Moore
Corinda Rainy-Moore currently works for Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF) as an Outreach and Engagement Coordinator. She has two master degrees in Communications and Community Mental Health. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Edgewood College. Prior to working at WCCF, she worked for 27 years in mental health with 21 of those years being at Journey Mental Health Center as a Clinical Team Manager of three programs serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness. She is currently the president of the EOC commission and she is the current President of Safe Communities. In addition to this, she serves on the board of National Alliance on Mental Illness Dane County (NAMI, Dane County) where she serves as Chair of the Education Committee. She also served two terms as president of NAMI previously. She served as both Interim President and as Vice President of The Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals. In addition to this, she is currently the President of Madison College Community Council of Color. She is Vice President of Madison Network of Black Professionals. She serves as Secretary/Treasurer of Foundation for Black Women's Wellness. She is a mentor through Madison Reading Project and Madison College Women's Scholar's program. She serves on the board or Vera Court/Bridge Lakepoint Community Center. Corinda is currently a trained Peacemaker in the Restorative Justice Court. In addition, she is a wife and mother of two children. She has eight grandchildren.

Healthy Minds in Adolescents
Sunday, April 2 at 10:00am
Facilitator: Matt Hirshberg, Graduate student pursuing his PhD at the Center for Healthy Minds

Matt will discuss what qualities help youth to have resilience in a world that is constantly changing. Matt is a former middle school teacher, so he's seen it all! He's interested in whether autogenic practices (such as mindfulness and other contemplative practices) support the cultivation of healthy development in children and adolescents. More specifically, Matt is interested in if (and how) training in contemplative practice develops cognitive and affective competencies essential to healthy self-regulation, and the effect the development of these competencies has on school-based and real-world domains. (Sponsored by the Health Cabinet)

Healthy Minds in Adulthood
Sunday, April 23 at 10:00am
Facilitator: Stacey Schaefer, Assistant Scientist at the Center for Healthy Minds

Stacey leads the Center's contribution to the Midlife in the United States Longitudinal Study of Health and Well-Being as well as a separate study examining how our cognitive abilities are related to our emotion regulatory abilities. She studies functional activity in emotion regulation-related brain circuitry, psychophysiological measures of emotional reactivity and recovery, and these measures' relations with aging, stress, cognition, coping styles, as well as biological and psychological predictors of well-being. (Sponsored by the Health Cabinet)

Mindfulness Meditation Practice
Sundays at 10:00am in Room A107
Members and friends interested in practicing mindfulness meditation in a small group setting are invited to participate in a gathering Sundays at 10:00am in Room A107, located on the lower level of this wing. Questions, email Cindy Schally.

Covenant Presbyterian Church
326 South Segoe Road Madison, WI 53705
(corner of Mineral Point & Segoe Roads)
Phone: (608) 233-6297
Fax: (608) 233-6489