2022 Summer Program


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Class #81

A Sittler Sampler & Poetry of Earth & Age

Jeff Doane

August 28 - September 3, 2022


instructor imageJeff was grateful to study with a very wise mentor in the concluding years of his teaching career. Joseph Sittler was Professor of Theology at The Divinity School of The University of Chicago. He was one of the earliest voices speaking up for the care of creation. Sittler was an insightful observer of the concluding years of life as well. This class will take up a book of his essays and other commentary put together near the end of his own life: Gravity and Grace: Reflections and Provocations. (Please let Jeff know if you need help locating this book.)

Sittler relished poetry. One of his favorite poets was Gerard Manley Hopkins. This class will ponder other poets as well—Emily Dickinson, E.E. Cummings, and up to and including Mary Oliver. Following Sittler’s lead, the class will focus on earth poems and the poetry of aging. You are encouraged to identify poems to be included in our conversations, and bring them along so that copies might be made for the class to consider.

Please read the Sittler volume and the poetry which will be specified as the class approaches. Class gatherings will follow the pattern of previous years, meeting each morning from 9:00 to 11:45 and from 7:00 to 8:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Jeff has led classes at The Clearing for many years. In retirement, he has served as part-time parish associate for older adults at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Previously, Jeff served as pastor of the Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church in Chicago for almost three decades. Jeff studied at Cornell University (A.B.) and at The Divinity School of The University of Chicago (A.M., D.Mn). During retirement hours, Jeff enjoys grandparenting, reading, walking, sailing and cooking with family and friends in Chicago and in Ephraim, Wisconsin.

Jeff will contact students prior to the class.

Level: All levels

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


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