Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley, 12202 N. 101st Ave., is hosting two education classes, “America’s Four Gods” and “Gratitude.”
“America’s Four Gods:” is an interactive four-week program led by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan and Temple President Fay Henning-Bryant. Scheduled for 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, it is based on the book “America’s Four Gods: What We Say About God — And What That Says About Us,” written by Paul Froese and Christopher Bader.
The authors developed a self-administered survey instrument that enables each participant to answer a series of questions that provides feedback about how they conceive of God and the role God plays in their daily lives. Individual survey results are private. Through discussion led by Kaplan and Henning-Bryant, participants will be able to see how one conceives of God is relevant to current conditions in America and to better understand how perceptions of God are powerful predictors of how we feel about some of the most contentious issues in America today.
Cost is $18 for members and $36 for non-members. Advance registration and payment is required by Jan. 30.
“Gratitude” is a four-week class led by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan and Reva Litt, a Temple Beth Shalom member, 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
The program will draw from many sources, including “The Psychology of Gratitude and The Little Book of Gratitude: Create a life of Happiness and Wellbeing by Giving Thanks.” Gratitude will be explored from many perspectives. Throughout history and around the world, religious leaders, philosophers, psychologists and research scientists have extolled the virtue of gratitude.
Cost is $18 for TBS members and $36 for non-members. Advance registration and payment is required by Feb. 2.
Contact the Temple Beth Shalom office at 623-977-3240 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.