Weekly Adult Learning Groups
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.
Sunday Morning Seminar
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, email@example.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.
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
- 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-203-7913, or Diane Sturges: email@example.com
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:
- The Aging Mind: What Changes? 9/11
- Why Don’t We Live Forever” 9/18
- Is Aging a Disease? 9/25
- Aging and Brain Structure 10/2
- Aging and Brain Function 10/9
- Emotional Aging 10/16
- Strategies for an Aging Memory 10/23
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease 10/30
- Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke 11/6
- Aging Well: Staying Active 11/13
- 11/20 – No class
- Aging Well: Diet and Stress 11/27
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women Living the Questions
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Wicker Room, South Campus
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.
Contemplative Way Group
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.
Call Christy at (614) 488-0681 ext 247 or ccaine@FCchurch.com