Adult Education

Adult Study &
Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Adult Study

Monday AM Women's Study - 9:30-11am in Church Library

Monday PM Adult Study - 4:30-6pm in Youth Room (childcare provided)

See below for updates on schedules and study topics.

NOTE: Monday Adult Study is moving to 4:30-6pm for summer.
Child Care is provided.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Amazon's description of the book says:
"After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend and co-author Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

"Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart—and her journal—to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl’s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy."

Join our summer book discussion every week (or when you are available and in town) to discover what resilience we ourselves could build -- both from spiritual resources deep within us and from support outside us. We hope Option B can inspire and guide us to better help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, churches, communities, and workplaces.

“Option B” Study Schedule Summer 2017

June 26th – Intro & Ch. 1 “Breathing Again” (p. 3-29)

July 3rd – No Meeting (Independence Day holiday)

July 10th – Ch. 2 “Kicking the Elephant Out of the Room” & Ch. 3 “The Platinum Rule of Friendship” (p. 30-57)

July 17th – Ch. 4 “Self-Compassion & Self-Confidence” (p. 58-76)

July 24th – Ch. 5 “Bouncing Forward: The One I Become Will Catch Me” & Ch. 6 “Taking Back Joy” (p. 77-105)

July 31st – Ch. 7 “Raising Resilient Kids” (p. 106-126)

August 7th – No Meeting (vacation week)

August 14th – Ch. 8 “Finding Strength Together” (p. 127-141)

August 21st – Ch. 9 “Failing & Learning at Work” (p. 142-155)

August 28th – Ch. 10 “To Love & Laugh Again” (p. 156-176)

September 4th – No Meeting (Labor Day holiday)

Monday AM Women’s Study – TED Talks & More!

This summer our Monday Morning Women’s Study group will be watching and discussing TED Talks and NOOMA videos – giving us an opportunity to look at everyday topics and life issues from a faith perspective.  We meet on Mondays in the Church Library from 9:30-11:00am.  See the schedule below for more information.  Any questions – contact Pastor Jen

June 26th – TED: “It’s Time to Reclaim Religion”
July 3rd – No Meeting
July 10th – Breakfast out (CCB is hosting VBS that week!)
July 17th – NOOMA: Rhythm – “Are our lives in tune with God’s plan for the world?”
July 24th – TED: “How to Make Stress Your Friend”
July 31st –  TED: “What Adults Can Learn from Kids”
August 7th – NOOMA: Dust – “What does God see in us?”
August 14th – TED: “Before I Die I Want To…”
August 21st – TED: “If A Story Moves You, Act On It”
August 28th – TED: “Say Your Truths and Seek Them in Others”
September 4th – No Meeting due to holiday


Thursday morning prayers is on hiatus until Advent 2017

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:

  • 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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