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.


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. 

Beginning Monday, September 8th we will be studying Hot Dogs & Hamburgers: Unlocking Life’s Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age.  This book shares the heartwarming story of Rob Shindler, a father who wanted to help his son with his reading challenges. Shindler discovered the way to that goal was through volunteering at the Literacy Center of Chicago. There, he learned firsthand how ridiculous the common misconceptions are about learning disabilities and adult low literacy. The assortment of students he taught were ambitious people who were eloquent, driven, clever, and so funny they made him laugh out loud. Here, Rob shares his students’ pain and humiliations, frustrations and hopes. Hot Dogs & Hamburgers demonstrates that literacy issues reside in all neighborhoods and that its victims are committed to finding dignity and life’s possibilities through learning to read.  This study is a part of the wider United Church of Christ "One Read" Movement.

Copies of the book will be made available for $6 each.

Study Schedule:
September 15th - Prologue & Chapters 1-5
September 22nd - Chapters 6-11
September 29th - Women's Study Breakfast 
October 6th - "Inside of O's Mind" - Chapter 17
October 13th - No Meeting (Columbus/Indigenous People's Day)
October 20th - Chapters 18-23
October 27th - Chapters 24-33
November 3rd - Chapter 34-Epilogue


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 Parsonage 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 has been on summer hiatus.  We begin New Testament study with Ch. 7, "The Community Encounters a Unique Figure," at 5pm on Sunday, Sept. 7th, 2014.  NOTE: New class location is the Parsonage.

Sunday, Sept. 7 Ch. 7, "The Community Encounters a Unique Figure"

Sunday, Sept. 14 Ch. 8, "Paul Broadens the Community" (Part 1:Galatians,
1 Thessalonians, Philippians)

Sunday, Sept. 21 Ch. 8, "Paul Broadens the Community"
(Part 2: Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Philemon)

No class meeting on September 28.

Sunday, Oct. 5 Ch. 9, "The Community Records the Stories of Jesus"

No class meeting on Oct. 12, Columbus Day weekend.

Sunday, Oct.  19 Ch. 10, "The Community Copes with Persecution"

Sunday, Oct.  26 Ch. 11, "Is the Faith Family Album the Word of God?"
 

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....or perhaps suggest an alternate time/topic for study.


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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