Classes and Events


Iftar Dinner

Celebrate the Season of Ramadan with our friends from the Turkish American Society of Ohio.

Thursday, May 30
8 – 10 PM
Brownlee Hall
Dinner will be served at Sundown
Limited to 30 people (60 total. TASO will send 30 of their members)


Gather with friends as we learn about the holy month of Ramadan in the Islamic faith. We will begin the evening with conversation and a brief presentation, and then we will break the fast together at sunset with a delicious meal provided by our friends at TASO.

There is no cost to attend. Donations will benefit TASO and CAIR.

Contact Karen Patterson at with questions.

Progressing Spirit:
Explorations in Theology,
Spirituality and the News

Saturday, June 8
9:30 am – Noon
Wicker Room, South Campus

“Iconoclastic and subversive” is how one participant describes this discussion group focusing on the future of religion, Christianity, the church, spiritual practice and transformation. Inspired originally by the work of Bishop John Shelby Spong, the group now reviews not only his thinking but the ideas of young progressive thinkers and activists as well as the voices of elders reimagining ways to live spiritually and humanly. Rev. David Hett, Spiritual Director of The Burkhart Center, leads these monthly discussions. To receive the weekly articles we review each month, participants are urged to secure their own subscription at for a small fee. 

To learn more, follow this link and register.

Film Discussion Group: The Rider

The RiderSecond Friday of each month
June 14
6:00 Pizza
6:30 Film Begins
Wicker Room, South Campus

More information available here.





Much Matters: Book Discussion Group

The AlchemistThird Thursday of each month
June 20
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

Books are available for sale $14. Contact us at the number below to purchase.

Archaeology and the Bible

April 23 – May 28
7 – 8:15 pm – followed by Q&A
Brownlee Hall 

Fee or $10 per week

Dr. Christopher Farrar of Congregation Beth Tikvah will lead a six-week course addressing what archaeology has to say about some of our most intriguing Biblical questions:

Who were the Israelites and where did they come from?
Were the Patriarchs real people and if so, when did they live?
Was the Exodus a historical event?
Was there a united Kingdom under King David?
What events led to the destruction of the first Temple, and how did that impact the writing of the Bible? 

The course takes a look at the historical basis of the Biblical narrative, drawing on the findings of archaeological science with particular emphasis on the ground-breaking insights of the past 20 years. The focus is not on proving the Bible, but rather on understanding it.

Dr. Farrar has been a lay student of Biblical Archaeology for over 20 years and has studied under Israeli archaeologist Dr. Avi Ofer, formerly of Tel Aviv University.
Questions? or 614-488-0681 ext 247

Aging with Intention: Fearless Falling

Aging with IntentionSunday, June 23
1 – 2 PM
Brownlee Hall

Register HERE

The “falling epidemic” sends over 60,000 adults to the ER every week, and over 400 of them die as a result of their fall. If you are 65 or over, you have a 1 in 3 chance of having an accidental fall this year. But, there are positive actions you can take to greatly reduce your chances of serious injury from falling. These involve improving yourself, your environment, and your attitude.

In the presentation, Mike Grigsby, Fearless Falling program creator, will teach actual falling techniques by demonstrating how Fearless Fallingthey work on a small gym mat. He will answer questions about falling safely and how to handle different situations.

This program is offered as part of the Aging with Intention series, which is an on-going collaborative effort of the FCC Older Adult Ministry, The Burkhart Center, and the Jung Association to build community, to educate, and to inspire, focusing on issues that pertain to aging. Registration is encouraged but is not essential. This program is offered free of charge. A free-will offering will be invited.





Additional Weekly Classes

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


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 being a class facilitator or if you have a topic you’d like to see addressed,
please contact our office or fill out the Adult Learning Council Program Proposal.

and email it to



(614) 488-0681 ext 247 or