OU Schedule Changes

Change of Speaker for Thursday, January 26

The announced speaker (Constance Whitney) for the Open University of the Shepherd’s Center of Richmond has had a family emergency and will not speak on Jan. 26 at First Presbyterian Church.   We are so honored to have in her place Nancy Wright Beasley, the acclaimed author of Izzy’s Fire: Finding Humanity in the Holocaust.  Ms Beasley will speak to us at 12:30 at First Presbyterian and will have a book signing following.   (Cash, checks, or IOU’s will be accepted.) Izzy’s Fire was nominated for a People’s Choice Award by the Virginia State Library and the James River Writers .   The son of  Izzy, the title hero, is Jay Ipson, who founded Richmond’s Holocaust Museum.    She will also have on hand for purchase and signing two other books she has written:  The Little Lion:  A Hero in the Holocaust and Reflections of a Purple Zebra:  Essays of a Different Stripe. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Nancy Beasley.   Come and bring your friends.

Change of Instructor

Dr. Reingard Nethersole will be continuing Barbara Felton’s course on American writers in Paris starting Thursday, January 26 at 9:45 a.m.

Reingard was born in Germany, studied in the UK, where she met her husband, and followed him to South Africa. She received a Ph.D. there and taught English literature for many years at a South African University. When her husband, an engineer, was transferred by his company to the U.S., she followed and has taught part-time at the University of Richmond since (and where she presently is teaching two courses). We are very lucky to have her and appreciate her fitting the OU into her busy schedule.


Small Changes in OU Topics

On Monday, January 23, at 9:45 a.m., popular teacher Ellis West will speak on the topic Should the Electoral College System of Electing the President Be Abolished?  This replaces the topic originally listed for him in the Open University schedule (which is now changed on the website schedule).  Come to St. Luke Lutheran to hear what Ellis has to say about this important and timely topic!

On Thursday, February 9, at 9:45 a.m., Jim Smith will speak on the topic, The Incredible “Way.” An Obscure Palestinian Sect Mysteriously Becomes An International Movement.  We hope to see you at First Presbyterian that day.

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Lunch and Life Cancelled, Wednesday, January 11

Once again, I can’t tell you how unhappy I am to have to announce that Lunch and Life is cancelled for Wednesday, January 11th, due to road conditions.  The City of Richmond Schools announced that they will be closed and per our policy, we also will be closed.

Fingers crossed that Richmond City Schools will be open Thursday.  If they are delayed, we ARE open, on time. I really do hope to see everyone at First Presbyterian – Julie

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Not a happy sheep!

Open University Closed, Monday January 9

I can’t tell you how unhappy I am to have to announce that Open University is cancelled for Monday, January 9th, due to the snow covered road conditions.  The City of Richmond Schools have announced that they will be closed and per our policy, we also will be closed.

Please join us next Monday, which happens to be MLK Day, but we WILL be having Open University.

Stay safe and check on your older neighbors – Juliesnow-sheep-1

Open University starts this Monday!


What was that?!  The OU Winter Session starts this coming Monday, January 9th?  How wonderful!  Hope to see everyone there!

PS – Stay tuned here and on our website for inclement weather announcements, should they be necessary.

PPS – We will meet on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16th.

Open University Presenter Changes on Mondays

There have been a few changes to the schedule on Mondays at St. Luke:

pj book The Lunch Speaker on Monday, October 3, at 12:30  at St. Luke Lutheran, will be Dr. David Mark Cooper, author of Mapping Your Adventure:  Discovering Integrity in a Life Review.  Dr. Cooper is a respected therapist and educator, who lives in Richmond.  He takes the place of Randy Fitzgerald, well-known columnist and humorist, who will be unable to speak because of illness.  Dr. Cooper will bring copies of his book, should his listeners wish to purchase it at the end of his talk.

 Ellis West will present The Constitution’s Ban on Religious Tests for Holding Public Office on October 17 and Andrew Crislip will conclude his presentation with The Lost Gospels II on October 24.  Both are at 11:00 a.m.

Shantaram Talegaonkar will present Seven Delhis: The Evolution of a City Over One Thousand Years on October 24 and Barbara Goehle will present The Amazing Victoria Falls on November 7.  Both are at 9:45.

 AND, because that is a mouthful, click here for a new first page for your schedule!


First Presbyterian-New Door Policy

pj bookFor those attending the Open University at First Presbyterian on Thursdays, the church has adjusted the times when the entry doors will be locked.   They will be unlocked from 9:15-10:15 a.m. and from 1:15-1:45 p.m.  If you arrive outside of those times, all you need to do is ring the “Call Bell” to be buzzed into the building.  This has to do with their preschool and security.  Thank you for your understanding – Julie

Are you ready for school!?

Get ready to expand your minds! 

pj bookOpen University starts next Monday, September 19th, at St. Luke Lutheran and the following Thursday, September 22nd, at First Presbyterian.  A whole host of courses, lectures and speakers to choose from for one low price.  Tell your friends and neighbors to join us – they don’t know what they are missing!

And don’t forget Lunch and Life at St. Mary Catholic beginning graduate-sheep-croppedWednesday, September 21st.  Free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!

Click here for full Fall 2016 schedule

Boomer Magazine article now available online!

As promised, I am posting the online version of the Boomer article written by Constance Whitney, Finding My Strong Suit: A Lifelong Quest for Learning, which includes a very nice write-up of our Open University.

Speaking of the OU, our start date is September 19 and we are hoping to see everyone there!

Click here to read the article