Fall 2018

Classes are free except where noted and open to the public.
Books for classes are available at the Bookstore at South Campus,
open Sundays before and after the 10 am service or by appointment.

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Sunday Morning Seminar

Sundays, 8:30 – 9:45 am (through Dec 2)Ageless Soul
Wicker Room, South Campus

Care of the Ageless Soul: The Work of Thomas Moore
This class will focus on the life and teachings of Care of the Soul author Thomas Moore ahead of and after his visit on November 30 – December 1. The class is facilitated by Rev. David Hett and church member John Schuster, an executive coach and workshop leader who has studied with Thomas Moore and has an advanced degree in Jungian Psychology. This class is free and open to the public. Books are available in the bookstore or by arrangement. Contact Christy Caine with questions, ccaine@fcchurch.com. Register for the Thomas Moore event here.

Following our December 2 wrap-up of a discussion following the visit of our Spiritual Searcher Thomas Moore’s Care of the 21st Century Soul weekend, the Sunday Seminar takes a break until January 6, when a new series begins, Jesus and His Jewish Influences. Featuring 30-minute weekly DVD lectures by Dr. Jodi Magness, religious studies professor at the University of North Carolina, discussions following each week will focus on the inextricable linkage of Jewish history and faith with Jesus, to really understand who this Jesus really is, and what his message really means for us today.

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Christianity: Perspectives and Insights

Sundays, 7 – 8:30 pm 
Centennial Room, North Campus

Discover more about the Gnostic Gospels, who wrote them, and what they mean for modern Christianity. This fall Christianity: Perspectives and Insights will consider the Gnostic Gospels as well as other ancient forms of Christianity that have been overlooked for centuries.

Sources to be drawn from will include:

  • Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Jesus, a DVD series featuring OSU professor David Brakke
  • The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine PagelsNov 18: Brakke Lectures
    Nov 25: No class
    Dec 2: Brakke Lectures
    Dec 9: Concluding Gnostic Discussion
    December 16: Advent Book Discussion – The Redemption of Scrooge and The Gift of the Nutcracker
    No class Dec 23 and 30

Beginning in January we will focus on:The Gnostic Gospels

  • Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication,a DVD series featuring professor and author Bart Ehrman
  • Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew by Bart Ehrman

Christianity: Perspectives and Insights will meet on Sunday evenings (following the 5:30 worship service and concurrent to Crossroads) at North Campus to share and discuss subjects of interest to those who are considering what it means and how to be Christian in contemporary America. Lisa Norris and Paul Kramer will facilitate.
For questions contact Christy at ccaine@FCchurch.com.

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Tai Chi for BalanceTai Chi

Tuesdays, 9 – 9:45 am
Weist Room, South Campus

If you have fallen lately or fear falling, then Tai Chi for Balance is for you. Come join us on Tuesday mornings for 45 minutes of easy, relaxed moves that will strengthen stability, balance, agility and health, as well as, provide a calming meditative experience during these stressful times. The easy-to-learn movements are taught with mindful attention in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Beginning and experienced students are all welcome to participate. The instructors are Sally Kriska and Diane Sturges, both certified in Tai Chi for Balance, levels 1, 2, and 3, Guang Ping Yang style. There is no fee and registration is at the class.

For questions, please contact Sally Kriska: sallykriska@gmail.com or 614-203-7913, or Diane Sturges: dpsturges@aol.com

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Tuesday at Ten

Tuesdays, 10 – 11:30 am
Wicker Room, South Campus

The Aging Brain
Beginning September 11, this DVD lecture series featuring Professor Thad A. Polk, Ph.D. of the University of Michigan, a practicing researcher in the field of neuroscience, will explore the science of aging and address how to keep your mind healthy. Topics include the biology of aging, changes to the brain and memory. Discussions following the lecture facilitated by Rev. David Hett. Free and open to the public. No registration required.

The 12 lectures in this series are:

  1. The Aging Mind: What Changes? 9/11
  2. Why Don’t We Live Forever” 9/18
  3. Is Aging a Disease? 9/25
  4. Aging and Brain Structure 10/2
  5. Aging and Brain Function 10/9
  6. Emotional Aging 10/16
  7. Strategies for an Aging Memory 10/23
  8. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease 10/30
  9. Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke 11/6
  10. Aging Well: Staying Active 11/13
  11. 11/20 – No class
  12. Aging Well: Diet and Stress 11/27
  13. The Science of Immortality 12/4Dec 11 and 18: We will be looking at issues around the seasons of Advent and Christmas.

Beginning January 8: The Accidental Universe
Facilitated by Pete and Pidge Diehl

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Wednesday Morning Fellowship

Wednesdays, 7 – 8 am
Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Both men and women enjoy the fellowship and weekly presentations and discussion of leading-edge topics. Ends promptly at 8 am. Open to the public. Facilitated by Lee Vescelius lvesceli@gmail.com.

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Women Living the Questions

Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Wicker Room, South Campus

Each week during the month of December, the works of a different modern spiritual teacher will be studied through readings and videos. Discussions will focus on how these works resonate in our everyday lives.
For more information, email Linda Baldeck at  lbaldeck927@gmail.com
No meeting December 26.

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Wednesday Evening Bible Study 

Wednesdays, 7 – 8:15 pm
Burkhart Chapel, South Campus

Wednesday Evening Bible Study will study of the Letter to the Hebrews. This class is led by the Rev. Jim Long, Minister of Pastoral Care, and focuses on understanding the Biblical literature in its place in time while applying it to today.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study will not meet in December. Class will resume January 9, 2019.
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Contemplative Way Group

Thursdays, 11:45 am – 1 pmThe Heart of Centering Prayer
Wicker Room, South Campus

We continue with Cynthia Bourgeault’s new book, The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice. A time of sacred reading is followed by a 30-minute silent meditation starting about 12:15 pm each week. Facilitated by Rev. David Hett and other spiritual directors.

Books are available in the Bookstore or Thursdays before or after the group by arrangement.
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Call Christy at (614) 488-0681 ext 247 or ccaine@FCchurch.com