Classes and Events



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

February 7, 14, 21, 28
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Brownlee Hall, 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.

Books are available in the bookstore and by arrangement. Contact Christy Caine at with questions.

Film Discussion Group: Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee AirmenSecond Friday of each month
February 8
6:00 Pizza
6:30 Film Begins
Wicker Room, South Campus

More information available here.


Much Matters: Book Discussion Group

Left NeglectedThird Thursday of each month
February 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: Coming Soon

Progressing Spirit:
Explorations in Theology, Spirituality and the News

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

Essays by both renowned progressive thinkers and new voices in progressive spirituality and religion are the basis for these monthly discussions led by Rev. David Hett. Voices like Matthew Fox, Gretta Vosper and Fred Plumer are joined by Eric Alexander, Lauren Van Ham, Mike McHargue, Irene Monroe, Roger Wolsey, and Cassandra Farrin, among others. Video teachings by Bishop John Shelby Spong and others supplement writings from time to time.

All are welcome to attend.

The columns, in document form, will be emailed to participants ahead of class.

To learn more, follow this link and register.

Gun Violence Prevention and Safety Task Force

We believe we are called to address issues that impact the safety and well-being of our faith home, our larger community and all lives across the country. Therefore, we resolve to work together to reduce the possibilities of harm that might result from the presence of firearms in our neighborhoods, schools, and homes through communal prayer, research, study, collaboration, and action.

For more information follow this link.



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 open
before and after the 10 am Sunday service.
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