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 office@uccb.org.


CE 101 – One Sunday a month (9:30am - Church Library & 11:30am - Creation Station)

Next offering is Sunday, June 29:

"Guided Meditation"

A brief introduction to contemplative prayer with others.
All are welcome!

CE 101 is a 15-minute opportunity to be introduced to a new topic of interest in the life of faith. We have had people present on prayer, caregiving, meditation, Judaism, Protestant theology, and more. This fall we have presenters prepared to share about miracles, Christian Parenting, the discipline of thankfulness, and other great topics.


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. 

We will not meet on Memorial Day Monday, May 26th.  We will resume our study time on Monday, June 2nd.

Our most recent 5-Week Study was about Making Moral Decisions.  
Topics included:
Why Christians Should be Moral 
Where Do Christians Find Moral Guidance?
Forms of the Ethical Norm: Rules, Cases, Ideals
Must Christians Agree About Moral Issues?
The Communal Nature of the Moral Life


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 Church Library – Meets on most Sunday nights during the school year.

The Bible: Faith's Family Album 

All are welcome to join us for this book study in the Church Library Sunday nights 5-6:30pm.  The Bible: Faith’s Family Album uses both creative storytelling and sound scholarship to provide an excellent introduction to how to read the Bible – and perhaps more importantly, WHY. Its author is a UCC pastor, Rev. Jack Good, who has ample real-life church experience to help ordinary Christians better understand and interpret the Bible for themselves – and to learn more about the times and the ancient peoples for which Holy Scripture was written. 

Although we began study of this book March 16, you are welcome to join us at any time – even for just one meeting, as you have time available.  Reading the chapters ahead of time is obviously helpful, but all are welcome to attend and participate in discussion.  Please order your own copy of the book– it is out of print (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1998), but there are many inexpensive copies available on Amazon and other good internet used book sites.

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This class will be on summer hiatus from June until September, when Jesus enters the "Faith Family" and we begin New Testament study with The Community Encounters a Unique Figure Ch. 7 on Sept. 14, 2014.

 

Note: For those unable to make it to a study at one of the regularly scheduled times, keep your eyes peeled for other occasional opportunities as well as some on-line tools coming your way for faith formation and spiritual growth.


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

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

Other Recent Studies Include:
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
Having a Mary Spirit in a Martha World: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out
by Joanna Weaver
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 office@uccb.org.

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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
(Bryn@uccb.org or Jennifer@uccb.org).
  We hope to hear from you all!!

 


IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER:
On Sunday mornings, we worship no matter what the weather -- with whomever can safely make it to our Meetinghouse.  Our cancellation 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, you can click on the Brookfield Public Schools website at www.brookfield.k12.ct.us 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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