First Presbyterian Church – Cedar Rapids

Insight Study Group

Please join us on Sunday from 9 am to 10 am in the Wernimont Room at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. These sessions are free and open to the public.

The Beauty Around Us

October 22: What Makes Conditions Suitable for Life in the Solar System? Understanding what is necessary for life elsewhere instructs us as to what must be retained on Earth for life to continue. Prof. Donald Gurnett has been a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa since the mid-1960s. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Prof Gurnett has been involved with space exploration almost from the beginning of the space age and has led the development of more than 30 space probes. These missions include the Voyager 1 and 2 missions to the outer planets and interstellar space, and the just-concluded Cassini mission to Saturn. He will share his interest in possible life outside of Earth and show pictures of planets and moons which could have life.

October 29: The Beautiful, the Sublime and the Picturesque. Can we allow the destruction of our inheritance? Marianne Taylor, professor of English at Kirkwood Community College and Andrea Kann, professor of art with a specialization in art history at Coe College, will illustrate the spectacular beauty of our world through visual and verbal portrayals. Please join us from 9 am to 10 am in the Wernimont Room at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. These sessions are free and open to the public.

November 5: Art from Nature or from Garbage & Consumer Culture. What is art? Art can portray and enhance what nature has brought forth. Andrea Kann, professor of art with a specialization in art history at Coe College, and Ranelle Knight-Lueth, professor of art history and galley director at Coe College will show examples of this, but also look at what is produced as art today. Is it actually art? Or is it harmful to the ongoing evolution of our culture? Please join us from 9 am to 10 am in the Wernimont Room at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. These sessions are free and open to the public.

November 12: Threats to Our Beautiful Earth. Global warming is a great concern of our speaker, Coe College Biology professor emeritus Floyd Sanford. Can global warming be stopped? He will share what he knows about both its progress and future impact. He lived for two years in Nigeria and spent extensive time in the Czech Republic, the Mexican Yucatan, and Japan and has a perspective on environmental threats worldwide. Please join us from 9 am to 10 am in the Wernimont Room at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. These sessions are free and open to the public.

November 19: Pristine Areas Worldwide Under Attack. Dr. Chris Buresh, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, received the Physician Community Service Award from the Iowa Medical Society in 2016 for his mission work for the people of Haiti. Far into the underdeveloped jungle of Haiti, Dr. Buresh has found poverty, little medical care, and a lack of safe water. He has also found “development” there and elsewhere in the world which has made these conditions worse — pollution and destruction of the environment on which the inhabitants depend on for their livelihood. He has also found people worthy of our love who hope to improve their lives without development destroying their land.