Classes and Events


Say Her Name: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah

February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7
Feb 21 CANCELLED due to illness.
7:00 – 8:30 pm
South Campus

Register here.




Rev. Kate Shaner and Christy Caine, Administrator of The Burkhart Center will lead this discussion of the Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney’s book, Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne –  a creative exploration of the well-known and the lesser-known women of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Gafney offers a Midrashic interpretation–the Jewish imaginative style of interpreting the sacred text–rooted in the African American preaching tradition to tell the stories of a variety of female characters, many of whom are often overlooked and nameless. Gafney employs womanist and feminist approaches to biblical interpretation and the culture of the ancient Near East. Learn the names of women you have likely never heard, like Rizpah, Saul’s second wife, Zilpha, Shiphrah and Puah and how they defied the pharaoh and issues presented from a female point of view.

Hear the stories of ancient women as you likely never have before.

Contact Christy Caine at with questions.

Film Discussion Group: A Fantastic Woman

Second Friday of each month
March 8
6:00 Pizza
6:30 Film Begins
Wicker Room, South Campus

More information available here.





Progressing Spirit:
Explorations in Theology, Spirituality and the News

Saturday, March 9
9:30 am – Noon
Wicker Room, South Campus

Some of the youthful progressive Christian voices we will be reading and discussing in March include:

  •  Jennifer Berit Listug is the co-author of Order of the Sacred        Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action.
  • Reverend Matthew Syrdal is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian church (USA), founder and lead guide of WilderSoul and Church of Lost Walls and co-founder of Seminary of the Wild.
  • The Rev. Irene Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist and a Huffington Post blogger. She is the Boston voice for Detour’s African American Heritage Trail. She describes her columns as an “interdisciplinary approach drawing on critical race theory, African American, queer and religious studies.
  • Joran Slane Oppelt is an interfaith minister, life coach and award-winning producer and singer/songwriter. He is the owner of the Metta Center of St. Petersburg and founder of Integral Church – an interfaith and interspiritual organization in Tampa Bay committed to “transformative practice, community service and religious literacy.” Joran is co-author of Order of the Sacred Earth (with Matthew Fox).

We will also look at the final Q and A video from last summer’s Chautauqua Institute with the founder of our Progressing Spirit class, Rev. Dr. John Shelby Spong. 

As usual, the Rev. David Hett will facilitate this wide-open discussion opportunity. 

All are welcome to attend.

The columns will be emailed to participants ahead of class. If you plan to attend, please email us at so we can send them to you.

To learn more, follow this link and register.

Much Matters: Book Discussion Group

Third Thursday of each month
March 21
6 – 8 PM
Library, South Campus

Contact Shah Hasan for details:

If you cannot join us in person, an online discussion is also available on Facebook. Search for “Much Matters Book Group” and ask to join.

Registration HERE


Avery Solomon: Conversations on the Spiritual Path

Avery SolomonViews You Can Use:
Profound Insights into Reality that Can Change Your Life

March 28
7 – 9 PM
Brownlee Hall

Online Registration Here

Avery Solomon, an American philosopher, will offer insights into essential aspects of modern spirituality—the world, the self, reality and the non-dual. He will then welcome questions and conversation on how these ideas are usable in your life.

Avery Solomon is a teacher and researcher at Wisdom’s Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies in Hector, NY. He gives seminars and classes around the world on spiritual philosophy, ancient wisdom and modern cosmology, science and non-duality. Dr. Solomon has been involved since 2001 in the dialogue of science and Buddhism started by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He brings a wide background of experience from many spiritual traditions and teachers and a sense of humor to serious matters

There is no fee but donations will be gratefully accepted and will benefit The Burkhart Center and The Philosopher’s Center.

Questions? Contact


Additional Weekly Classes

Classes are free except where noted and open to the public. For a current schedule, click here.



The bookstore located at South Campus is currently undergoing renovations.
Prices are kept to a minimum,
and all proceeds support The Burkhart Center programming.
For more about featured books, click here.

If you would like to purchase a book by arrangement,
please contact Christy at


Religious Life and Learning Mission and Purpose

Adult Learning and Spiritual Searcher event table on Sundays

Lifelong personal transformation in the community of faith is the goal of Religious Life and Learning at First Community Church. The Adult Learning Council provides multifaceted groups, learning experiences, and resources for the individual spiritual journey. The unique Spiritual Searcher program brings innovative religious and spiritual thinkers to expand our personal and collective horizons. The Burkhart Center shepherds all educational programming.


Adult Learning Class Proposal Form

If you are interested in facilitating an Adult Learning class at the church, please fill out the Adult Learning Council Program Proposal and email it to



Call the Adult Learning Office at 614.488.0681 ext. 247
or email Christy at