I'm joining in with Sandi and her monthly 5 in 5---five photos in five minutes. I had to pick up my pace today to get these photos in five minutes, but it was a gorgeous November day, and it seemed like a good time to share some photos from the University of Rochester.
I'm on the campus three days a week this fall for a course, "Introduction to the Old Testament." I took on the project of reading the Bible from cover to cover this year. Two years ago I purchased a Daily Bible which is divided into 365 readings, and I decided this was the year to tackle the project. I've found it fascinating, and when I finished reading the Old Testament I had many questions, so asked to sit in on this undergraduate course. The course covers the historical, social, economic, and political background of the writings of the Old Testament. It's been a wonderful experience with lots of reading, although I'm not taking the exams or writing the paper.
The last couple of weeks we've been reading and studying the prophets, and I must say during this awful election season in the United States, I'm afraid that not much has changed politically since 600 BCE.
Now to the photos:
The Rush Rees Library; the building where my class meets is on this quad.
Just around the corner from the library, Wilson Commons, the student union and activity center.
I couldn't pass by this beautiful tree. There are Novembers in western New York where all the leaves have fallen by now. This has been an exceptional fall season.
Even the roses are still blooming, with the lovely leaves as a background.
I think this is a dorm, but I'm not sure.
The weather this weekend was pretty nice as well. It started with the annual Grocery Run, a 5K race/walk to raise funds for hunger ministries. (More about this on Wednesday.)
Here we are before the start of our walk.
On Sunday after serving Communion at church, I helped a friend get out the vote for her political campaign. She's running for the New York State Assembly. I totally neglected to get any photos, but this is my first foray into any kind of political action. She's a Democrat running in a deep Republican district, but has made a lot of headway, even getting the endorsement of a very conservative radio host. It will be interesting to see tomorrow what kind of impact her campaign has had.
This morning we learned that our dear friend, Bob, passed away peacefully early in the morning. His wife and daughters were with him. He had been admitted to hospice on Saturday. After church we visited with the family; by then he was not aware of our presence. Just 10 days ago, we had lunch with him at one of our favorite restaurants. It's hard to comprehend. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers, and many thanks to those of you who have asked about him in recent weeks.