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Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, assistant professor of religion at Bluffton University, will present the free colloquium “Reading the Cosmos in Second Temple Jewish Literature: Nature as Model, Sign, Punishment, Witness and Mystery” at 4 p.m. Friday in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall, Bluffton University. Wyse-Rhodes will consider portrayals of the natural world in early Jewish and Christian literature. She says nature is variously depicted as a model of righteousness, a sign of things to come, a giver of testimony, an instrument of judgment and a heavenly mystery. Such images informed the religious imaginations of early Jewish and Christian communities, and their meaningfulness endures today.
“Reflections on the Soul of the University” will be the subject of a free, public talk to be given by the Rev. William Reist, recently retired senior pastor at College First Church of God. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium as part of the University of Findlay’s DeBow and Catherine Moore Freed Contemporary Christian Lecture Series. Reist will explore the nature of UF’s Christian heritage in the larger world of church-related higher education. He will propose ideas that would clarify and strengthen the university’s promise that it is “grounded in faith.”
The Jones Mansion will host a luncheon with locally harvested food straight from the garden. Guests can sample delicacies like dilly beans, sorrel soup, pickled beets, refrigerator pickles, zucchini sweets and more. Fresh lemonade and switchel will also be served. The program includes a short history of canning, complete with additional samples. Tickets are limited, with proceeds going to the mansion’s upkeep and restoration.