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Xplore: Keep Thinking

At the Intersection of Faith and Life, A 55-Plus Enrichment Program

Discovery can be a life-long delight. Χplore offers courses that investigate dimensions of the Christian faith, our world, and life in it. All without any assignments or examinations!

Χplore happens for a six-week block in Fall, and a six-week block in Spring. Each morning (Wednesdays in Winnipeg, Thursdays in Southern Manitoba) consists of two 60-minute class periods, divided by a 30-minute break for refreshments and fellowship.

View course, tuition, and registration information below.

All who delight in a stimulating exploration of faith and life are invited to register.

 

Winnipeg | Fall Session (Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 7, 2018)

All classes at Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg

» First period (9:00–10:00 AM)

Aging and Resilience: Re-Imagining the Role of the Church

with Heather Campbell-Enns (Assistant Professor of Psychology)

We will explore the concept of psychological resilience in an aging population. To do so, we will discuss adversities that come with older age and the many pathways to resilience. The role of the church will be examined, making time to re-imagine how the church can support aging adults within the church and beyond.

 

 

Genesis: God Creates a World and a People

with Dan Epp-Tiessen (Associate Professor of Bible)

Because Genesis depicts the creation of the world and the creation of God's people, it is foundational for the entire biblical story and for Christian faith. This course will explore how descriptions of God's creation have implications for faithful living, how the Fall is a good news/bad news story, how the formation of a faithful people is God's response to the spiraling problem of human sin, how God manages to work through dysfunctional families, and how the remarkable stories of ancient patriarchs and matriarchs can inform and challenge our faith today.

 

 
» Second Period (10:30–11:30 AM)

"Here I stand": Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation

with Hans Werner (Senior Scholar, Mennonite Studies, University of Winnipeg)

Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg 500 years ago, touching off a sea change in the church. Who was Martin Luther? Can we really blame the Reformation on him? What did he think about Anabaptists, Jews, rulers, scripture, communion? In this course we will explore Luther as a person, his role in the Reformation, and his lingering influence on the Christian church today. 


 

Canaan-Israel-Palestine: Land of Occupation and Conflict

with Gerald Gerbrandt (President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Bible)

Occupation, conflict and controversy have characterized this region of the globe for millennia. Strategic geo-political forces and theological claims have intersected to frustrate the conflict. This course will review the history of the region as well as consider how Christians might understand Scripture in relationship to it. The course will also hear from representatives of the conflict on how they might imagine a peaceful future.

 

Winkler | Fall Session (Thursdays, Oct. 4 – Nov. 8, 2018)

All classes at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 750 15th St., Winkler, MB

» First period (9:00–10:00 AM)

Jesus Through the Lens of History

with Michael Pahl (Lead Pastor, Morden Mennonite Church)

What can we know about Jesus historically, about his background, his life, his teachings, his death, and even his resurrection? How does this historical understanding intersect with our faith as Christians, our confession that Jesus is Messiah and Lord, even the Son of God? Join us as we explore the life of "Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested by God" (Acts 2:22).

 

 

Come to the Well, Fill your Cup, Share your Cup: Prayer and Practical Spirituality

with Mel Kaupilla (Pastor, Altona United Church)

"You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience." – Pierre Teilhard de Chardon

Some have predicted that the future of Christianity cannot be just belief based. We've pretty much tried that for most of our history. We have to be also practice based. This practice comes in the form of spiritual disciplines or practices. From different prayer styles and approaches that help us live daily the tenets of faith, this course will offer discovery into practices that may enrich your spiritual experience on this human journey.

 
» Second Period (10:30–11:30 AM)

Genesis: God Creates a World and a People

with Dan Epp-Tiessen (Associate Professor of Bible)

Because Genesis depicts the creation of the world and the creation of God's people, it is foundational for the entire biblical story and for Christian faith. This course will explore how descriptions of God's creation have implications for faithful living, how the Fall is a good news/bad news story, how the formation of a faithful people is God's response to the spiraling problem of human sin, how God manages to work through dysfunctional families, and how the remarkable stories of ancient patriarchs and matriarchs can inform and challenge our faith today.

 

Introducing Hutterites Today

with John J. Friesen (Professor Emeritus of History and Theology)

Hutterites, part of the Radical Reformation along with the Amish and Mennonites, are among the world's longest-running communal society.  This course will give an experiential glimpse into today's Hutterite communities. The leader will give a brief history and theological account of what it means to be a Hutterite. Modern issues that Hutterites struggle with will be identified and discussed. The course will also include accounts from members of the community, men and women, representing different roles and expertise that make the community function.

 

Tuition and Registration

Register for Fall Sessions by September 28, 2018 and save $10!

The comprehensive fee for each session is $100 (covering two courses and refreshments during the break), with the fee for one course $60 (including refreshments).

If you have any questions, or for more information, please email xplore@cmu.ca.