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. 


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

Our CCB Sunday Night Adult Study is reading and discussing:

"Climbing the Sycamore Tree: A Study on Choice and Simplicity," by Ann Hagmann

This is a 6-week study that helps us examine how we live out our faith through the choices we make in our lives -- especially in our stewardship of our money and our time.

The book can be ordered on-line as a used paperback for somewhere around $1 to $8. There are also two copies available to borrow from our Church Library.

January 25 -- Ch. 1 Economic Struggles

Do we live in an "addictive society" suffering from "affluenza"?

February 2 -- no class (enjoy your Super Bowl!)

February 8 -- Ch. 2 Covenant Economics

If we believe that all humanity was made in the image of God, for the purpose of living together in relationships of love, what implications does that basic Biblical theology have for how we care for one another in community?

February 15 -- Ch. 3 Living Simplicity

How did Jesus model the living of a simple life?  How can simple living help us focus on the love of God in the present?

March 1 -- Ch. 4 Spiritual Slavery

What does spiritual conversion mean to you? Is salvation only an individual thing or can our communities be "saved"?

March 8 -- Ch. 5 Enough is Enough

The 10 Commandments call us to put God first and to turn away from idolatry of lesser things.  Psalm 23 calls us to trust God as the "good shepherd" who provides everything we need.  How hard is this radical dependence to practice in real life?

March 15 -- Ch. 6 Time to Choose

How does knowing more about God's priorities prompt you to want to change anything about how you live your own life? 

"Climbing the Sycamore Tree" author Ann Hagmann, chaplain at Hospice Austin in Austin, TX, is founder of Whispering Hope Ministries for Healing and Wholeness. She was pastor of United Methodist churches in Oklahoma for ten years.

The book is intended to be used for 5 times a week reflections of only about 5-10 minutes, which can include journaling.
The group then meets once a week to discuss each chapter's questions and share insights from the week's daily reading.

Her reflections are deeply personal, inspiring, and biblically based and they challenge us to do our own questioning as we think about the way we set priorities in our own lives.

We hope you might consider joining us for one or two meetings, or for the whole series. Reading assigned chapters for discussion in advance of class is helpful but not essential.

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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