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Investigating US Foreign Policy from 1898 to the Present

GRIID Winter 2018 Class 
Monday nights beginning Monday, January 29 and ending Monday, March 19
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This 8-week class, held at Plymouth, will investigate and analyze US foreign policy from what is normally referred to as the Spanish American War through the current policy under the Trump administration. The class will look at US foreign policy through various themes, such as chronological, geographical, the use of US soldiers, economic warfare, the use of proxy forces, weapons sales, and diplomatic coercion. Cost is a suggested donation of $25 but no one will be turned away because of the cost. If interested in attending, send an e-mail to jsmith@griid.org.


Plymouth Book Club - One Thousand White Women

Monday, February 12, 7:00 p.m., in the lounge

Our selection for this month is One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. Based on actual events, it's the story of May Dodd, told through her journals, and a colorful assembly of pioneer women. Under the auspices of the U.S. government, the women traveled to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, was intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Dodd's story begins when she is committed to an insane asylum by her blueblood family for an affair with a man beneath her station. She finds that her only hope of freedom is to participate in a secret government program whereby women from the "civilized" world become the brides of Cheyenne warriors. Dodd soon falls in love with John Bourke, a gallant young army captain, even though she is married to the great chief Little Wolf. Caught between two worlds and two men, Dodd is forced to make tough decisions that will change her life forever.
Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time. Come explore this little known part of U.S. history as we read this poignant story. Our selection is available at Schuler Books on the Book Club Table with a 20% discount.


Cinematic Conversations: Winter Interfaith Movie Cohort

Beginning January 16, 6:30 p.m.
Celebration Cinema (Woodland Mall)

Tired of the cold? Looking to make some new friends?  Sponsored by the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, this interfaith movie cohort is designed to foster relationships about the shared experience of cinema. Within our moderated discussion immediately following the movie, we hope to cultivate a deeper understanding of our neighbors, our respective faith traditions, and the art of film making. Sign up to watch all 3 movies for $15.00. Individual tickets will also be available at the door for the standard viewing price.

January 16 — Lady Bird (Rated R): a coming-of-age story of a high school senior and her tumultuous relationship with her mother.

February 20 — Please Stand By (Rated PG-13): a young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a "Star Trek" writing competition.

March 20 - TBD


Year of Interfaith Friendship

The Kaufman Interfaith Institute is developing interfaith affinity groups bringing families and individuals together around common interests in ways that develop personal relationships and friendships. There are currently six groups in process of forming with others to be added in the near future. We welcome everyone to partipate! Click here if you would like to sign up or get more information.

Affinity Groups in process of forming:

  • Cinematic Conversations - Watch films in theater and participate in facilitated panel discussions.
  • Interfaith and Interwoven - Knit, crochet, and weave for a good cause while making new friends.
  • Interfaith Foodies - Share culinary experiences at local restaurants with interfaith friends.
  • Interfaith Book Group - Explore and discuss different interfaith works and authors.
  • Science and Religion - Read and discuss the relationship between science and religion.
  • Scriptural Reasoning - Read and reflect upon scriptures from various traditions.

Groups that will be added in the near future:

  • Interfaith Fitness - Find rejuvenation and recentering from exercise and fitness activities.
  • Interfaith Imagination - Create art, along with a pro, while learning about the faiths of fellow artists.
  • Medicine and Minds - Read and discuss with other local doctors about the mind.
  • Mystics and Contemplatives - Enter into and experience the contemplative practices of other faiths.
  • Service Saturdays - Youth groups serve our community together with peers of different traditions.

Click here if you would like to sign up or get more information.


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