Classes and Events


Progressing Spirit:
Explorations in Theology, Spirituality and the News

Saturdays: Monthly Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 3, Dec 8
9:30 am – Noon
Guild Room, South Campus

This informal discussion group reads essays and views occasional videos by progressive thinkers in Christianity and Spirituality on a variety of engaging topics and current events. Discussions are led by Rev. David Hett. The voices of past Spiritual Searchers like Matthew Fox, Marcus Borg, and John Shelby Spong are joined by newer voices like Eric Alexander, Lauren Van Ham, Mike McHargue, and Irene Monroe, among others. Free and open to the public.

To learn more, follow this link and register.

Film Discussion Group: Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on CedarsSecond Friday of each month
September 14
6:00 Pizza
6:30 Film Begins
Wicker Room, South Campus


More information available here.




Much Matters: Book Discussion Group

Third Thursday of each month
September 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.

Register and Donate: here

Essential Gear for the Inner Journey

Every other ThursdayGear
Sept 13 and 27, Oct 11 and 25
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Burkhart Chapel, South Campus

Introduction to meditation and other spiritual practices.

Sept 13: Meditation Foundations I
Sept 27: Meditation Foundations II
Oct 11: Qualities of the Soul and Living Presence
Oct 25: Opening to Inner Guidance

An introduction to basic practices and inquiry into the spiritual life, the first two sessions focus on what meditation is, why and how we can meditate, and the practice of awakening to the internal states of our bodies and feelings as a guide to living in the present moment. Facilitated by Spiritual Director Virginia Macali and Rev. David Hett. There is no cost for this program.


Coffee & A Love Revolution

Having Necessary, Awkward Conversations About Race:
Between the World and Me Book Discussion

Between the World and Me

September 2
2:30 – 4:30 PM
Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Pre-read the book ahead of the event.
The discussion will be supplemented by video clips
of an interview with the author.

Free and open to the public. Register here.
Book available in the bookstore or by arrangement.


Next gathering: October 28 – “Embracing Doubt and the Unknown: Rob Bell interviews Peter Rollins”

The Adult Learning Council Presents
 Dr. Glenna Jackson: “The Love and Inclusivity of Jesus”


Dr. Glenna Jackson

September 28
7 – 9 PM
Brownlee Hall, South Campus


Dr. Jackson, member of the Jesus Seminar and a Fellow of the Westar Institute is also the Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Departments at Otterbein University. She returns to First Community Church to address central themes in the teachings of Jesus: Love and Inclusivity.

An FCC favorite, Dr. Jackson brings a depth of knowledge to the subject participants are sure to find thought-provoking. Open to the Public, this program is free of charge. Donations are welcome.
Dr. Jackson recommends attendees bring their bibles.

Mindfulness: Relaxing Into Now

October 20
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Lincoln Road Chapel, South Campus

Cheryl Rapose, M.Ed, LISW
Senior Clinical Consultant
Mindfulness Programs
Behavioral Health/OhioHealth

Mindfulness is awareness. We all have the capacity to be aware and to be ‘present’ but like a muscle, we need to exercise and strengthen it. In this 3.5 hour workshop, you will develop or deepen your meditation practice as well as gain insights into the nature of mind that you can bring into your life, moment-to-moment. Highly experiential. Open to all interested. Comfortable clothes. Bring a thick blanket. $35   Register here.

After attending this presentation, participants will have the skills to establish or expand their own practice; resources for deeper exploration; enhanced insight for applying ‘on the spot’.

Cheryl Rapose, M.Ed., LISW is a Columbus-based psychotherapist with 20 years experience developing and offering a variety of mindfulness-based programs and experiences. She has served thousands of individuals through her classes, programs, in-service offerings and trainings. Her initial training was with Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, UMass Medical Center.


Seeing People Real

Meet new people!   Make new friends!   

Get connected!

Oct 23 – Nov 13, Nov 27 – optional
7 – 9 pm
South Campus, Rooms TBD based on participationRegister

Seeing People Real is a program designed to generate engaged, enthusiastic participants by guiding them through a meaningful small-group experience. In today’s fast-paced, stress-inducing world, it is important for members to find purpose, support, and enjoyment in their church communities. The four-week course offers glimpses of contemporary changes in our understanding of God, the Bible, and of what the church can be, and it’s a great way to make new friends.

Contact: Sandy Wood, 614-486-0827

Space is limited to first 30 registrants.
A commitment of all four weeks is required to participate.

Register at the red “Register button” above the image or at tables on Sunday mornings in September after the service.

Aging with IntentionAging with Intention

In 2018, the Older Adult Ministry is partnering with The Burkhart Center and the C.G. Jung Association of Central Ohio to provide programming on a year-long theme of Aging with Intention. Programs with this logo will be featured throughout the year. If you wish to receive updates about these programs, please contact Christy Caine at or 614 488-0681 ext 247.


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