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Sunday Seminar Series off to a strong start

By Staff | May 29, 2019

Rev. Dr. John H. Danner

Each year, the Summer Sunday Seminar Series at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ generates discussion about timely topics and theological themes.

Held on Sundays at 9 a.m., the season began on May 19 with Glenna Irwin, a scholarly and well-traveled member of the congregation, presenting “Sri Lanka – Then and Now.” She offered insights into the country’s past and current problems and their role in precipitating the April bombings.

On May 26, the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner presented “Another Christian View on Abortion.”

“Many people automatically assume that all Christians are opposed to a woman’s right to choose when it comes to abortion,” SCUCC’s senior pastor said. “However, that is not the case.”

On June 2 and 9 – in recognition of Ramadan – Danner will present a two-part series called “A History and Theology of Islam.” The first session will explore the history of the beginnings of Islam, and the second session will examine important theological considerations.

Rev. Deb Kunkel

On June 16, SCUCC will welcome Michelle McKay, with Global Ministries. As a mission co-worker with the National Spiritual Council of Churches of Haiti, an ecumenical church organization, she teaches conversational English to high school students in Port au Prince at a school run by the organization. She is now taking on a role where she supports church projects throughout the country.

The Rev. Deb Kunkel, SCUCC’s associate pastor, is organizing a People to People pilgrimage to the Dominican Republic from Oct. 19-26. The group will meet with Global Ministries partners, and McKay’s June 16 presentation will offer a deeper understanding of the island the two countries share.

Information about the trip is available from the church office.

Free and open to the public, the seminars are presented in Heron Hall.

Because each one stands alone, participants may attend any or all presentations.

Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is at 2050 Periwinkle Way.

For more information, call 239-472-0497 or visit www.sanibelucc.org.