Adult Education

Adult Study &
Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Adult Study

Monday AM Women's Study:
The Monday AM Women's Study group meets from 9:30-11am in the Church Library.  This group has begun a new study of Rachel Held Evans' latest book Inspired.  Books are available by the committee mailboxes for $10 each or at your online book seller.  If you have any questions about this study please speak with Pastor Jen.
From Amazon's description of Inspired: If the Bible isn't a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her--and it will change you too.  Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bible's most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture's mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God's loving and redemptive work in the world.
Monday AM Women Reading Schedule:
 Inspired: Reading Schedule

June 10th - The Debate & Wisdom Stories (pp. 81-111)

June 17th - The Beast & Resistance Stories (pp. 113-140)

June 24th - The Water & Gospel Stories (pp. 141-164)

July 1st - The Sea & Fish Stories (pp. 165-189)

July 8th - The Letter, Church Stories & Epilogue (pp. 191-221)

Monday AM Women Summer Schedule:
July 15th - No Meeting or Breakfast Meeting (TBD)
July 22nd & 29th, August 5th & 12th - TED Talks/Video Series
August 19th - Breakfast Meeting
August 26th & September 2nd - No Meeting

Monday PM Adult Study - 5:00-6:30pm in the Youth Room(childcare provided)


Just a quick update about where we are in our reading of the Gospel According to Luke. We are trying to complete two chapters a week, so this will be a 12-week study, and we were able to meet that goal this past Monday, when we were read chapters 2 and 3 of Luke. So if you have time to prepare, just read ahead 2 chapters 7 and 8 for Monday June 10th.

Thursday AM Bible Study - 10-11am - Pastor's Study every week

Join Pastor Bryn or Pastor Jen to study the lectionary scripture for an upcoming Sunday sermon.  This is a chance to learn more about the text in its historical and literary context, as well as to prayerfully explore what wisdom it might hold for you that will help you relate its message to your personal life and faith journey.  No previous Bible knowledge is presumed or expected. All are welcome!

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:

  • Speaking Christian, by Marcus Borg

  • Convictions, by Marcus Borg

  • A New Kind of Christianity, by Brian McLaren

  • 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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