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Martin Luther and the 95 Theses                     
How did one piece of paper nailed to a church wall change the whole Western World? What was so radical in those 95 points of discussion and why did the Church react so strongly? Jim Boatwright, Director of Music at Redeemer Lutheran Church, will look at the historical, cultural, and religious background leading up to Luther's radical actions and the consequential fall-out of those actions.​

Thanks for the Memories!
Memories are elusive whispers in the wind. Bob and Deb Gants, retired Air Force/librarian and retired English teacher, will guide you on a trip down Memory Lane. Remember Hula Hoops, Radio Flyers, six shooters, and Davy Crockett coonskin caps? Retrieve your childhood memories each week and share with the group, and the Gants will bring in a touch of history to add zest. Every Tuesday we will relive and reconsider a different facet of our early years. 

From Slavery to Civil Rights in South Carolina 

Explore the long, long history of racial injustice in S.C. from 1526 to the 21st century. We will test the observation of the late Dr. Charles Joyner when he said, "Some say there has been no progress, but they have forgotten where we started. Some would stop here, for they cannot see how far we have to go." Lewis Burke, Professor Emeritus, USC School of Law, will take us through these important eras. ​​

Golden Age Radio Adventures (4 weeks) 
Join fellow thrill-seekers in exploring four adventure series: Escape, High Adventure, Suspense, and The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen. Bill Simonich, retired clinical researcher who became hooked on old-time radio during long commutes to work, is back to share his favorite hobby with us. Listen to a 30-minute example of each show. Learn about the history of early radio, how the shows were produced, what distinguished the Golden Age, and the appeal of adventure shows in particular. (Starting April 14)​ 

“Eureka! I Found It!” Eyewitness to Discovery 

Hear the backstory and be a fly on the wall at eight of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history. From rediscovering the Maya in 1840 to the discovery of the Ice Man in the Alps in 1992, we will meet the intrepid--often eccentric--explorers and just plain lucky folk who also made such discoveries as ancient Troy; Machu Picchu; King Tut's tomb; Lascaux Cave; the Dead Sea Scrolls; and the Terra Cotta Army. Join Tom Kuhn, retired archaeologist, as we assess each of these finds and their importance to our history, and experience our own "Eureka, I found it!” moment.  

T.E.D. Talks (4 weeks)       
Anne Cox, well-known educator, life coach, interfaith leader, and community dialogue leader, returns to introduce us to powerful new ideas about society and our place in it. We’ll watch and discuss a different “Talk” each week, becoming part of the broad international audience riveted by the expert speakers. Expect to recharge your thinking about such subjects as the natural world, human nature, and music that moves us.
(Starting April 15)

Rock ’n Roll is Here to Stay (4 weeks) 

Poodle skirts. Ponytails. Crew cuts. Blue suede shoes. Be ready to get lost in the ’50s and explore the beginnings of the Rock ‘n Roll era. How did it all begin? Travel back to those days with some facts, some opinions, some personal experiences, and an earful of sounds. Your guide is Bob Borom, founding member of The Original Loafers, a Charleston-based vocal group that appeared on stage with Buddy Holly and The Oak Ridge Boys in the 1950s. (Starting May 12) 

Creative Writing Group                                       
In a welcoming online environment, class members share their prose and verse, memoirs and fiction. Join the group to indulge your creativity, engage in a journey of self-discovery, or just enjoy listening as others share their efforts on Zoom. The group leader, Dr. Miriam Johnson, Professor Emerita, College of Social Work, USC, provides writing prompts and optional homework assignments. Shepherd's Center members who wish to be included but are unable to join online may participate in the group through exchanges of documents and other off-line contacts.
Zoom participants limited to 15.

 Trivial Pursuit 

Enjoy an hour of fun and frolic while you and your team try to answer trivia questions from Bob Gants, retired Air Force, a retired librarian, and a great lover of puzzles and games. No one plays alone, and we will have lots of fun and laughter, and perhaps even learn some trivial information that was unfamiliar to you. No prizes, no finger pointing, no reason not to come and have a good time. 

Workshop on PowerPoint (4 weeks) 

Want more power over your computer? Wow your friends and neighbors by creating an engaging PowerPoint presentation. Even if you never plan to teach a Center class, you can enjoy assembling a snazzy family album or a beautiful travelogue. Four self-taught nerds, Larry Brown, Deb Gants, Carol McGinnis Kay, and Steve Walker will start at the very beginning with the basics.  They will explore program menus in PowerPoint and KeyNote (the Mac version), show you how to navigate the programs and to create a simple appealing presentation. Tips about presenting via Zoom will be included. (Starting April 15)        

Carolina on My Mind (6 weeks)
With public historian, Dr. Rodger Stroup, we will explore a variety of subjects focusing on South Carolina, starting with the state's leading role in the development of railroads. We will also explore what makes South Carolina distinctive, focusing on subjects in cultural and natural history, such as the SC State Fair and Rodger’s latest book, Meet Me at the Rocket, and funeral customs (do you know what a memory jug is?). 
(Starting April 28)

The Enneagram as a Sacred Map (4 weeks)

Tracing its roots back to the time of Pythagoras, the Enneagram is a sacred map to our truest self. Lies about who we think we are, often keep us trapped in loops of self-defeat. Rebecca Drennan, life coach/therapist, will show how the Enneagram reveals both the nine ways we get lost as well as the nine ways we can find our way home to our True Self and to God. (Starting May 13) 

Continuing Spanish
Dr. David P. Hill, Professor of Spanish Emeritus, USC, guides us in conversation practice, cultural readings, and grammar review. Some prior study of Spanish is expected.
Class is limited to 12 devices.

Readers’ Circle
Please join our Circle of readers as we discuss fiction and non-fiction. Some selections are serious, some are light-hearted, and all are engaging. Our lively discussions typically give two weeks to a book.  The first book in Spring Session will be the latest novel from Fredrik Backman: Anxious People. This poignant, charming novel is about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined. The Circle is coordinated by Teresa Brown, retired librarian, with book discussions led by Circle members.

A Discussion of Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (5 weeks) 
We will explore Snyder’s recent book and its insights into the current situation in the United States.  Our guide will be Charles Newell, Jr., who has taught U. S. History, American Government, and U. S. Constitutional History. He will help us discover lessons gained from the 20th century (Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, and post-WWII Eastern Europe), and will explain how democracy fell in post-war Europe and is again deteriorating there today. Charles hopes that class members will read the book ($7.00 on Amazon) to enrich the discussion, but this is not required. This class is part of our partnership with the Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro, NC.
(Starting May 6) 


[NOTE: masks are required, and safety protocols about distance and cleaning will be observed. Board policy requires that anyone participating in an on-site class be fully vaccinated against Covid.  Should any participant develop Covid during the session, all on-site classes will be canceled for two weeks.]

Line Dancing​
New and fun line dances are taught by Lynda Mixon and then practiced every week. Come for good exercise and good company.  Beginners are welcome!
Class size limited to 18. 

Chair Yoga
Cindy Smith, certified Yogafit instructor, leads this gentle form of yoga practiced sitting or standing using a chair for support. She teaches basic movements for total body stretching along with an emphasis on balance and core strength.
Class size limited to 24.  

Creative Quilting
Get out of the Pandemic slump and join our fun quilt class under the guidance of award-winning quilter Judie Travis! We will look at unique quilting techniques and creative uses for specialty threads and piping techniques to make your quilt ‘pop’! The focus will be on ways to make quick and easy quilts that have a complicated look. Charity quilt projects will continue at your own pace. Members must bring their own machines, fabrics, threads, supplies. Basic sewing skills are required. 
Class size limited to 10.  

Let’s Strum Together
Deb McMurphy, our super ukulele teacher for five years, is back for another round of fun playing the ukulele. This will be a play-along opportunity for those with some experience and is not for beginners. We will mostly use Daily Ukulele 365 for our one-hour class. 
Class size limited to 10. 



As classes meet and talk, interest may be generated in a subject about which you may want to know more. Or you may see something fascinating on the History Channel and want to learn more. Anyone interested in teaching or taking such a ‘Pop-Up’ class should tell Deb Gants, Chair of Adventures in Learning.


CREDITS: Classes planned by Adventures in Learning Committee,

chaired by Deb Gants.
Brochure designed by Carol McGinnis Kay.

Cover photograph by Steve Walker.

Because of health risks, we will continue to meet primarily via Zoom for Spring Session. Four activity classes will meet on Tuesdays in Ashland Hall. They will follow the recommended guidelines for safety. Masks and physical distancing will be required at all times.
Getting Ready: Zoom is an online technology ideal for distance education. To get started, type the word Zoom into the web browser on your desktop or laptop computer.  At the Zoom website, sign up for the free basic service and download the app as directed. Look at tutorials on the Zoom website or our own website. Explore Zoom so that you know what the icons on the toolbar enable you to do. Like any technology, it takes a little getting used to, but it is quite easy. If you have problems, contact the office and someone will help you. 


  • The session will run for eight weeks.
  • All classes will be on-line, except for four on-site activity classes on Tuesdays.
  • Classes will be offered on T, W, and Th at 10 and 11:30 via Zoom.
  • Classes will start at the time indicated and will last one hour. Start gathering at 15 minutes before class for social time with friends.
  • Some classes will last four, five, or six weeks and are indicated as such in their descriptions. Be sure to study these dates before you register.
  • ‘Pop-up’ classes of one or two meetings will be offered as opportunities arise.
  • You may choose as many classes as you wish to take. 

Spring Classes