Wednesday, December 06, 2006
As an informational bit to be better acquainted with you, my background includes extensive research into Biblical criticism and Near Eastern history, archeology, etc., for the period from the recession of the ice ages that permitted early habitation in Mesopotamia through about the 4th Century C.E. Although I did not take formal courses or obtain a degree in this field (my interests were avocational), I have organized and held classes for interfaith ministerial organizations in Kansas City (in the 1950 s) and in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (in the 1980's and '90's). In the latter location, I was representing the Quaker meeting in a local ministerium of Christian and Jewish clergy, and served the ministerium as its president for two years and its secretary-treasurer for ten years.
Quite usually I have delivered the interfaith address and/or sermon at Thanksgiving, Chanukah-Christmas and Passover-Easter services sponsored by the ministerium. My personal religious affiliation began in a Reform Jewish family, broadened into Protestant "associate" memberships in Disciples of Christ and Presbyterian congregations while married to a Presbyterian, and extended into fellowship with the Quakers for about 15 years, all prior to my moving from the Middle Atlantic states to New Mexico. In all these church affiliations I was active in teaching adult classes and post-Confirmation classes.
Presently, in Rio Rancho, NM, I am a member of the Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation and have had the privilege to conduct the classes on the UU series of "Building Your Own Theology," and occasionally giving a "guest" sermon.
My interrest in taking the ULC Seminary classes is in obtaining more formal recognition of my six decades of study and teaching in either a masters or doctoral degree without having to invest the geographic dislocation and expense of attending a theological seminary.
Rev. George Oppenheimer
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