Adult Education

Adult Study &
Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Our Groups and Classes Meet All Week Long...

We have some great Adult Education Opportunities. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the church office at

Monday AM Women’s Group
9:30-11am - Church Library

Come join this group of wonderful women for a variety of different study opportunities. We have used books, video studies, traditional Bible study, and contemporary issues to reflect on and grow in our faith. 

No homework!  No hassle!  Just great faith-based conversation and an opportunity to get to know some other people in our church family.  This group meets on Monday mornings from 9:30-11am in the church library and will begin the Animate: Bible study on July 11th.  Join us for one week or every week of this 7-week study as your schedule allows.  If you have any questions please be in touch with Pastor Jen.

Study Schedule:
July 11th - Canon: Mining for the Word 
July 18th - History: Parchment to Pixel
July 25th - Testaments: One Story, Two Parts
August 1st - Gospels: Unexpected Good News
August 8th - Genre: Rhythm of the Text
August 15th - Interpretation: Scripture Reads Us
August 22nd - Grace: Love is the Bottom Line

Each section of this study begins with a bit of discussion, followed by a brief video from a leading Christian voice, and continues with further discussion questions and reflection.  More information can be found at

August 29th – Breakfast Outing
September 5th – No Meeting (Labor Day)

Starting September 12th this group will begin a study entitled Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus. 

From Amazon:
Linking Bible study to global mission and local service projects, this six-session small group resource enables congregations to discuss and act on the imperatives of scripture. 

Each week, participants will read and discuss a gospel story, watch a video profiling an inspiring, world-changing mission effort, and envision together how they can change the world locally and globally. Participants won’t just read about Jesus feeding the 5000 or healing the lepers, but will be inspired by contemporary ministries feeding the poor and preventing malaria. Participants will be challenged to take a leading role in the congregation’s missional efforts, serving in a homeless shelter as a group, raising funds for disaster relief, or planning a church-wide day of service.

Jesus called us to follow him, to live a life of active faith, feeding the poor, healing the sick, welcoming the alien, and rescuing the desperate. It’s easy to get stuck in our religious habits of just going to church, tossing a few bucks in the offering plate, and occasionally reading our Bible―but Jesus has bigger plans for us. We are called to be his hands and feet in the world. He wants to use us to change the world.

Study Schedule:

September 12th – Follow
September 19th – Welcome
September 26th – Feed
October 3rd – Heal
October 10th – No Meeting (Columbus Day)
October 17th – Rescue
October 24th – Go


Monday PM Study
5-6:30pm - Youth Room

The Monday afternoon adult study group will be reading Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical this summer.  The group meets on Mondays from 5-6:30pm in the Youth Room, and childcare is available.

August 1st – Chapter 6 (pp. 147- 180)
August 8th – Chapter 7 (pp. 181-213)
August 15th – Chapters 8 & 9 (pp. 215-256)
August 22nd – Chapters 10 & 11 (pp. 257-300)
August 29th – Chapters 12 & 13 (pp. 301-340)

Sept. 12th – Chapter 14 (The original book ended at chapter 13.  Chapter 14 includes some responses to questions that have been asked of author Shane Claiborne over the last 10 years.)

For more information about the book please see the information below from Amazon:

In this updated 10th Anniversary Edition of Irresistible Revolution, Shane Claiborne uses unconventional examples from his own life to stir up questions about the church and the world, while challenging readers to truly live out their Christian faith. With new material throughout the book and a full new chapter, Shane brings readers up to date on the “revolution” – adding new stories, sharing what his community looks like now, and bringing fresh inspiration to live out this message in practical ways.

In Irresistible Revolution, Shane Claiborne describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, inviting us into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside each of us and extends into a broken world.

“The irresistible revolution isn’t just about going to heaven when you die but bringing heaven down as you live. The love we’re talking about is big enough to set both the oppressed and the oppressors free. It’s about healing our broken hearts, healing our broken streets, and healing our broken world. The revolution we are talking about begins inside each of us and extends to the ends of the earth.” —Shane Claiborne

Thursday AM Prayer and
"Lectio Divina"
Scripture Study – 9-10:30am
– Pastor’s Study

We meet every Thursday morning to lift up the prayer concerns and joys of our church family in a faithful and confidential way.

Through "centering prayer," we also listen meditatively to the reading of upcoming preaching texts.  After this "lectio divina," we reflect together on the insights that come to us in our time of prayerful study – no preparation necessary.

Come once or every week as you are available.

Saturday AM Men’s Fellowship – 8-9am - Fellowship Hall every week

Join this group of faithful men who gather together for breakfast and study. Each week brings a new menu and new facilitators who lead the group through book and video studies, scripture passages, and other topics related to our faith.

Saturday AM Women’s Fellowship – 8:30-9:30am - Youth Room every week

Join this group of faithful women from 8:30 to 9:30 in the Youth Room. Gathering together for conversation, study, laughter, and prayer, this group draws the women of our church closer to one another and to God. (If you know you will need child care, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to provide it in the Nursery.)

Sunday PM Adult Study – 5-6:30pm
in the Pastor's Study

Join us for

"A New Kind
of Christianity"

Sundays at 5pm in the Pastor's Study

Our Sunday Night Adult Study is a small group that is energized and excited by discussing intellectually stimulating, cutting edge Christian theology, like this book by progressive "public theologian" Brian McLaren.

We hope you will join us for discussion about our latest book:

Books are available for purchase on-line in new and used hardback, paperback, and e-book and audio book formats for a wide range of prices.

In A New Kind of Christianity, Brian D. McLaren follows up ideas first addressed in his groundbreaking book of the emergent-church movement, A New Kind of Christian. McLaren, like N.T. Wright, Jim Wallis, and Rob Bell, is acknowledged as a leader in our generation of Christians -- those who want to update their faith for current times while remaining true to the core message of Jesus. In this thought-provoking book, McLaren explores the questions that he believes will determine the shape of Christianity for the next 500 years.

If you can do the reading before class, it will enrich our discussion, but we encourage you to attend even if you have not even begun reading the book.  Because the book is based on "10 questions that are reforming the faith," anyone who is interested in wrestling with questions like "Why listen to the Bible?" or "Is God violent?" will enjoy participating in discussion.
All are welcome! 

Below was our class schedule for Spring 2016:

April 10 -- Introduction: "What is a Christian?"

April 17 -- Spring Break (no class)

April 24 -- "What about the Bible?" chapters 4-6

May 1 -- "Law or Revelation?" chapters 7-9

May 8 -- Mother's Day (no class)

May 15 -- "Is God Violent?" chapters 10-11

May 22 -- "Who is Jesus?" chapters 12-13

June 5 -- "What is the Good News?" chapters 14-15

The class was on hiatus during Summer 2016.
Below is class schedule for Fall 2016:

September 18 -- "What is the Church?" chapter 16

September 25 -- "What about Human Sexuality?" chapter 17

October 2 -- "What is Christianity's Future?" chapter 18

October 9 -- "What about Other Religions?" chapter 19

October 16 -- "How Do We Put our Beliefs into Action?" chapter 19

October 23 -- "How Does a Community Live with Questions?" chapters 21-22

Copies of Books from our Recent Book Studies are available in the Church Library to borrow.  Those titles include:

Room to Grow: Meditations on Trying to Live As a Christian by Martin Copenhaver
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande
Bold and Brazen: Exploring Biblical Prophets
by Barbara Essex
The Four Agreements
by don Miguel Ruiz
The Road to Character
by David Brooks
Christianity and World Religions
by Adam Hamilton
Bad Girls of the Bible
by Barbara J. Essex
Red Letter Christians: A Citizen's Guide to Faith and Politics
by Tony Campolo
Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
by Anne Lamott

Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening,
by Diana Butler Bass

The Heart of Christianity
by Marcus Borg
Love Wins by Rob Bell
29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker
Have a Little Faith
by Mitch Albom
The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew - Three Women Search for Understanding
by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner
The Red Tent
by Anita Diamant
Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World
by Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, and Greg Holder
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy With God in the Busyness of Life
by Joanna Weaver
Having a Mary Spirit in a Martha World: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out by Joanna Weaver

Other Recent Studies Include:
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
The Shack by William Young
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
The Noticer: Sometimes All a Person Needs is a Little Perspective
by Andy Andrews
How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Too busy for a weekly class?

Try these on-line spiritual exercises to revive your soul...

For a chance to learn about various visualizations, meditations and prayer practices to heal your spiritual exhaustion, renew your faith, and help you better understand what type of prayer best connects you to your source in God - explore some quiet, centering prayer  exercises on your own. This on-line curriculum draws on the work of Rev. Flora Slosson Wuellner and her book  Feed My Shepherds:  Spiritual Healing and Renewal for Those in Christian Leadership.  

If you would like more information, click here, or speak to one of our pastors at 203-775-1259 or e-mail the church at


We always welcome your suggestions about what you would like to study. 
So if you have ideas or questions please contact either Rev. Bryn Smallwood-Garcia or Rev. Jennifer Whipple at 775-1259
( or
  We hope to hear from you all!!


On Sunday mornings, we worship no matter what the weather -- with whomever can safely make it to our Meetinghouse.  Our cancellation you policy for midweek classes is to follow the Brookfield Public Schools schedule.  If there is a school delay, cancellation, or early closing due to bad weather, we cancel all classes for that day.  For a quick check of the school weather decision, can click on the Brookfield Public Schools website at or call the schools office at 203-775-7700 (x3).  Cancellation of weekend classes or events at church are generally posted on the doors or church answering machine (203-775-1259).

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