Adult Education

Adult Study &
Spiritual Growth Opportunities


Adult Study

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

The Monday AM Women's Study is following up the reading of Rob Bell's book What Is the Bible? with a study of what is in the Bible and why, as well as some of the books that didn't make it into the scriptures.  We will be learning some of the historical background, as well as reading some of the "outlier" books that didn't become part of the sacred canon.  You do not have to have read Bell's book to join us.  All women are welcome, and you can find more information about the book by clicking here.

May 14th - Books that Didn't Make the Bible and Why
May 21st - The Gospel of Thomas
May 28th - No Meeting due to Memorial Day Holiday
June 4th - Mary Magdalene: Tradition and Gospel
June 11th - The Gospel of Mary
June 18th - The Apocrypha: Hidden Books of the Bible


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

This group is beginning a new study of Rob Bell's latest book What Is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything.  There are copies for purchase in the Church Office for $15, and you can find more information about the book by clicking here.

June 4th - chs. 10-13 (pgs. 79-106)

June 11th - NO CLASS MEETING
June 18th - chs. 14-19  (pgs. 107- 144)

June 25th - chs. 20-24 (pgs. 145-188)

July 2nd - chs. 25-28 (pgs. 191- 216)

July 9th - chs. 29-32 (pgs. 219- 246)

July  16th - chs. 33-37 (pgs. 233-272)

July 23rd - chs. 38-43 & endnotes (pgs. 273-305, endnotes)

 


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 office@uccb.org.


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!!


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


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 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).

 

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