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Lutheran Ministry at MIT

Composting 101
Christine Evans Harvard Divinity School
Thu Jan 6, 04-06:00pm, W11-Main Dining Room

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Composting is more than just a thrifty way to make fertilizer. This workshop will be a "how to" for beginners and others with questions about how and why to compost. Come get your hands dirty, your soul revived and your mind expanded at this discussion/workshop.
Contact: Johanna Kiefner, jkiefner@mit.edu
Cosponsor: Episcopal Chaplaincy

Ethics and Technology as Ways of Doing
The Rev. Dr. Patrick Russell, Physicist and Lutheran Pastor
Tue Jan 18, 04-06:00pm, W11-Main Dining Room

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

The dramatic technological capabilities resulting from scientific progress raise important and challenging ethical questions. The growing dialogue between science and religion is vital to the decisions about how to apply these technologies wisely and justly. The technological
realm needs faith-based perspectives even as people of faith must engage exciting issues like cloning, genetic testing and modification, and stem-cell research. Beverages and cookies provided.
Contact: The Rev. Johanna Kiefner, W11-035, 253-2325, jkiefner@mit.edu

Faith and Science as Ways of Knowing
The Rev. Dr. Patrick Russell ,Physicist and Lutheran Pastor
Tue Jan 18, 12-02:00pm, W11- Main Dining Roo

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

Through discussion of historical vignettes and contemporary issues we will examine how modern science informs contemporary spirituality while religion breathes much-needed meaning into the scientific narrative. Among our topics: modern physics and divine action; neuroscience and the nature of humanity. [Optional: Also see the session on Ethics and Technology as Ways of Doing ] Bring your lunch. Beverages and cookies provided.
Contact: The Rev. Johanna Kiefner, W11-035, 253-2325, jkiefner@mit.edu

FloodSafe Honduras - Information Session
The Rev. Johanna Kiefner, Kristen Bethke, Karla Solheim
Thu Jan 20, 04:30-05:30pm, 20 Chimneys, W20, refreshments provided

Single session event
Prereq: Interest in public service learning experience

ALL MIT Students Welcome! Information session on a service project of refining and installing an early warning system along the Rio Aguan in northern Honduras, completing a needs assessment of the villages served, and bringing educational and medical supplies to these flood-threatened communities. FloodSafe needs students to assist in technical and social research, organizational outreach and many other roles. Funding provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/lem/honduras
Contact: The Rev. Johanna Kiefner, W11-035, x3-2325, jkiefner@mit.edu

Hymn Sing
Amy McCreath & Johanna Kiefner
Wed Jan 12, 05:15-06:15pm, MIT Chapel

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Get your new year off to a good start with an hour of singing your favorite hymns and discovering others' favorites. We'll have hymnals from lots of Christian traditions available, and our pianist will support our song. If you have a hymn to suggest that probably isn't in the hymnals, contact me ahead of time. Stay for hearty (free!) dinner afterwards.
Contact: Amy McCreath & Johanna Kiefner, W11.007, x3-2983, mccreath@mit.edu
Cosponsor: Episcopal Chaplaincy

Mini-Retreat in the Countryside
Amy Mccreath & Johanna Kiefner
Sat Jan 22, Sun Jan 23, 11am-03:00pm, Leave Sat. 11AM, Return Sun, 3PM

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 07-Jan-2005
Limited to 12 participants.
Single session event
Fee: 30.00 for Meals and lodging at retreat center

Take a break from the city and your routine to rest, pray, and enjoy the beauty of New England in the winter. This overnight retreat will be at Emery House, a Christian retreat center in West Newbury, MA, situated right next to a beautiful state park. Leaving from W11 at 11am Saturday; returning to MIT by 3pm on Sunday. Bring a sleeping bag.
Contact: Amy Mccreath & Johanna Kiefner, mccreath@mit.edu
Cosponsor: Episcopal Chaplaincy

Movie Night: Luther
The Rev. Johanna Kiefner
Wed Jan 5, 06:30-09:00pm, W11- Main Dining Rm

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event
Prereq: none

Historical Drama on the life of a 16th century Catholic monk who inadvertently sets off one of the major upheavals and reformations of Western Christianity. Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), by his own life, invites us into what the power of faith in action can accomplish - even against the world's greatest powers. Free dinner, film and discussion. All are welcome.
Contact: The Rev. Johanna Kiefner, W11-035, x3-2325, jkiefner@mit.edu
Cosponsor: Episcopal Chaplaincy

Movie Night: Shadowlands
Amy McCreath
Wed Jan 26, 06:30-09:00pm, W11 - Main Dining Ro

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

How are love and suffering connected? What does it mean to "give ourselves away" for another? Shadowlands (starring Anthony Hopkins) tells the story of how C.S. Lewis lives into his Christian faith through his wife's battle with cancer. Free dinner, film, and discussion. All are welcome.
Contact: Amy McCreath, W11.007, x3-2983, mccreath@mit.edu
Cosponsor: Episcopal Chaplaincy

Serving "The Least of These"
Amy McCreath
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Jesus commends serving the "least of these" as central to a life of faith. Who are "the least of these" in our society? What are the issues facing the neediest of the needy? What is it like to work with them, and what are some first steps for those who want to do so? This four-part discussion will focus on four subsets of "the least of these" and be led by people who work with each.
Contact: Amy McCreath, W11.007, x3-2983, mccreath@mit.edu
Cosponsor: Episcopal Chaplaincy

Serving the Earth
Christine Evans Harvard Divinity School
A seminary student and environmentalist discusses the earth as an object of oppression and offers a theological rationale for transforming our relationship to it.
Mon Jan 10, 04pm-05:30am, Bldg. 4-251

Working with the Homeless in Boston
Joan Murray Ecclesia Ministries/Common Cathedral, Boston
The Rev. Joan Murray leads conversation about homelessness and shares her experiences working with the homeless around Boston Common.
Tue Jan 11, 04pm-05:30am, Bldg. 4-251

Ministry with the Mentally Ill
Mary Cat Enockson Episcopal Divinity School
A seminarian reflects on recent her experience working with mentally ill veterans.
Thu Jan 13, 04pm-05:30am, Bldg. 4-251

Working with Refugees in Massachusetts
Ruth Bersin
The Director of Refugee Immigration Ministry discusses the plight of refugees in the Boston area and ways to serve families seeking asylum, immigrant detainees, and at-risk immigrant younth.
Fri Jan 14, 04pm-05:30am, Bldg. 4-251


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