Adult Study &
Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Sunday Night Adult Study will be on hiatus through the Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays.
Meetings will resume in the New Year!
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.
New Monday AM Women’s Book Study
Glorify: Reclaiming the Heart of Progressive Christianity
November 21st-December 19th
the Book: (from Amazon & UCC Resources)
Mainline Protestant denominations are dying,
while conservative traditions are flourishing. "Nones" are the
fastest growing religious demographic in the United States. In Glorify:
Reclaiming the Heart of Progressive Christianity, Emily C. Heath shares
the experiences, insights, lessons, and challenges that shaped her on her
journey of faith. As a
pastor and writer with a passion for making the mainline church relevant and
vital again, Heath's work goes beyond telling churches and their members about
the next new fix, and instead calls them back to the centrality of God's love
and grace. Having grown up as a "none", someone without religious
faith, Heath is uniquely qualified to address matters of faith in an inclusive
and seeker-friendly style. Heath's work helps both individuals and their
congregations to deepen their sense of purpose, live lives of meaning, and
book is sometimes practical, sometimes spiritual, and always glorifying the
Gospel of Jesus Christ, which Heath asserts is the true way to change the
this book if you are. . .
progressive Christian who wants to see the renewal of a vital, living
spiritual seeker who wants a faith that’s both deeply rooted and
or a lay leader who is re-examining your local church’s priorities
denominational leader who is looking for another perspective on church
post-evangelical who feels like something is “missing” in the mainline
aspiring theologian who wants an accessible book about practical Reformed
about what glorifying God might look like for a church culture on the
verge of a major sea change
will be available in the Church Office for $17 each.
Questions? Speak with
Monday PM Study
5-6:30pm - Youth Room
The 5pm Monday study group will begin study of "Convictions," by Marcus Borg, on Monday, Nov. 14.
The group meets on Mondays from 5-6:30pm in the Youth Room, and childcare is available.
When he turned 70, after a lifetime
of dispassionate Biblical scholarship, Marcus J. Borg shared in his book "Convictions"
his own personal faith story. After his upbringing as a solid Midwestern
Lutheran, he formed bedrock religious beliefs, from which has grown his
conviction that Christians in America are at their best when they focus on
hope and transformation.
With each chapter embodying a distinct conviction, Borg writes provocatively and compellingly on the beliefs that can deeply ground us and guide us, such as: God is real and a mystery; salvation is more about this life than an afterlife; the Bible can be true without being literally true; Jesus's death on the cross matters—but not because he paid for our sins; God is passionate about justice and the poor; and to love God is to love like God.
Borg calls all American Christians to reject divisiveness and exclusivity and create communities that celebrate joy, possibility, and renewal. Throughout, he reflects on what matters most, bringing to earth the kingdom of God Jesus talked about and transforming our relationships with one another. Rich in wisdom and insight, "Convictions" is a manifesto for all progressive Christians who seek to faithfully follow Jesus today.
Monday, Nov. 14 -- Intro: Ch. 1 "What Is YOUR Faith Story?"
Monday, Nov. 21 -- Chapters 2-3 "Are You Willing to Journey Into MYSTERY?"
Monday, Nov. 28 -- Chapters 4-5 "HOW Exactly Does Jesus Save?"
Monday, Dec. 5 -- Chapters 6-7 "What Does It Mean to BELIEVE?"
Monday, Dec. 12 -- Chapters 8-9 "Is the Bible POLITICAL?"
Monday, Dec. 19 -- Chapters 10-11 "What is Our Christian CALL?"
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.)
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.
always welcome your suggestions about what you would like to study.
Copies of Books from our Recent Book Studies are available in the Church
Library to borrow. Those titles include: The
Irresistible Revolution: Living As An Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne Other Recent Studies Include: IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER:
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!!
Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus (group study guide) by Mike Slaughter
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
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
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 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).
always welcome your suggestions about what you would like to study.
Copies of Books from our Recent Book Studies are available in the Church Library to borrow. Those titles include:
Irresistible Revolution: Living As An Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne
Other Recent Studies Include:
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER:
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