The winter term for the American Christian College Continuing Education courses begins January 20 at the Ibaraki YMCA (Tsukuba Christian Center Building). Held on Wednesday evenings, the term will consist of two courses, with the first class. "Contemporary Japanese Mind" going from 7 to 8pm, and the second class, "First Century Church" going from 8:10 to 9:10pm. The term ends March 24. The course entitled "Contemporary Japanese Mind" is an in-depth study of contemporary Japanese thought at the popular and intellectual levels which accounts for the modern world view. Topics will include the origins and development of cultural nationalism, the import and reversal of Freudian psychoanalysis, Japanese religion and religiosity, the idea and function of knowledge in Japan, the shift in attitudes surrounding returnees and American colleges in Japan, and recent attempts to reform higher education. The course entitled "First Century Church" will cover the history of the first century of Christianity relying on primary source material (mainly the book of Acts). The formation and spread of the early Church, the mission into Europe, early persecution, and the personalities of Peter and Paul will be covered. Tuition is 20,000 yen per course. To register or for more information, contact Paul Axton at 029-856-2167 (tel/fax) or email axtonpf[at]compuserve.com.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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