CANCELED - F602 Summer 2020 Godwinks: The Power of Coincidence for Our Lives
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, July 8–July 29
Instructor: Laurence Packard
How do coincidences shape our lives? Do we pass them off as random chance or do we see in them God’s providence of a greater plan? We cannot prove either one, but this course delves into the question. Simply put, can we connect the dots into a picture larger than any single event? Squire Rushnell authored a series of books with the theme “Godwinks,” in which he suggests that events are not random but are “God-incidences” that reveal a greater plan in our lives. Conversely, do we take the opposing position that we, not God, are the authors of our lives? Join us as we examine the viewpoints of the prophets, the early church, non-religious figures from the medieval period, and stories from contemporary lives. All are mirrors for examining our own lives, what we believe, and how we respond to coincidences that we experience.
The Rev. Dr. Laurence K. Packard frequently teaches at OLLI because he enjoys learning along with participants and encourages their questions. He brings 40 years of pastoral experience as an Episcopal priest who respects an interdenominational view.