Adult Education

Adult Study &
Spiritual Growth Opportunities

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

Sunday Night Adult Study will be on hiatus through January. 

Keep an eye out for updates on schedules and study 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. 

New Monday AM Women’s Book Study
Glorify: Reclaiming the Heart of Progressive Christianity

Updated Reading Schedule:
November 21st - chapters 1 & 2
November 28th - chapters 3 & 4
December 5th - canceled due to delay
December 12th - canceled due to delay
December 19th - chapters 5 & 6
December 26th - No meeting due to holiday
January 2nd - No Meeting due to holiday
January 9th - chapters 7 & 8
January 16th - No Meeting due to holiday
January 23rd - chapters 9 & 10

About 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 thrive.  The book is sometimes practical, sometimes spiritual, and always glorifying the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which Heath asserts is the true way to change the world.

Read this book if you are. . .

  • a progressive Christian who wants to see the renewal of a vital, living church tradition
  • a spiritual seeker who wants a faith that’s both deeply rooted and radically relevant
  • clergy or a lay leader who is re-examining your local church’s priorities
  • a denominational leader who is looking for another perspective on church growth
  • a post-evangelical who feels like something is “missing” in the mainline denominations
  • an aspiring theologian who wants an accessible book about practical Reformed theology
  • curious about what glorifying God might look like for a church culture on the verge of a major sea change

**Books will be available in the Church Office for $17 each.  Questions?  Speak with Pastor Jen.

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 "What Does It Mean to BELIEVE in Jesus?"

  • Monday, Dec. 12 -- Chapter 7 "Why Does the CROSS of Jesus Matter?"

  • Monday, Dec. 19 -- Chapters 8-9 "Is the Bible POLITICAL?"

  • Group will be on hiatus through the school holiday season, resuming on:

  • Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 -- 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.  

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!!

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
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

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

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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