Adult Education

Adult Study &
Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Adult Study

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

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

Join us to study Marcus Borg’s book,

Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Power and How They Can be Restored”

Mondays at the 9:30-11:00am Women’s Study (in Church Library) AND at the 5:30-7:00pm Adult Study (in Youth Room.) Note that both women and men are welcome at 5:30pm Adult Study.

The former 5pm Sunday Night Adult Study has merged with the 5:30pm Monday Night Adult Study. 

See below for updates on schedules and study topics.

Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Power and How They Can Be Restored

Monday, March 13 – Intro and chs. 1 & 2 - (pgs. 1-34, 34 pages)

Monday, March 20 – chs. 3 & 4 - (pgs 35-64, 29 pages)

Monday, March 27 – chs. 5 & 6 - (pgs. 65-84, 19 pages)

Monday, April 3 – chs. 7, 8 & 9 (pgs. 85-114, 29 pages)

Monday, April 10 – chs. 10, 11 & 12 (pgs. 115-142, 27 pages)

Monday, April 17 – Easter Monday (no class meetings)

Monday, April 24 – chs. 13, 14 & 15 (pgs. 143-164, 21 pages)

Monday, May 1 – chs. 16, 17 & 18 (pgs. 165-182, 17 pages)

Monday, May 8 – chs. 19, 20 & 21 (pgs. 183-202, 19 pages)

Monday, May 15 – chs. 22 & 23 (pgs. 203-222, 19 pages)

Monday, May 22 – chs. 24 & conclusion (pgs. 223-238, 15 pages)

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day (no class meeting)

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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