Adult Education

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Christian Education is a lifelong commitment — which means it matters every day of our lives, all throughout our lives. Christian education is not just for children and youth. It is also for adults, calling for ongoing nurture. Christian education is rooted in the biblical, theological, and spiritual soil of the faith traditions of the church. From this soil, Christian education involves branching into the world by putting our faith into practice.


All adults are invited to renew their commitment to their own Christian education by growing deep and growing forth. Grow deep by cultivating the roots of your faith. Grow forth by cultivating the way you branch out from FCC to share the fruits of your faith with a world crying out for good news. Grow because your life will be fuller for it. Grow because the children and youth of FCC will be less likely to take their own Christian formation seriously if we adults don’t take ours seriously.


To support Flossmoor Community Church’s commitment to lifelong Christian education, the Adult Education Committee schedules a variety of engaging Adult Education classes.  This fall, the committee has scheduled classes at 11:30 am on Sundays, and 7 pm on Wednesdays.

FALL 2020

Sunday Morning & Wednesday Evening Courses

Adult education courses usually run for several consecutive weeks on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings and are designed to build community through shared reading and discussion of a longer text or book.  Drop-in attendees are welcome to come any week, as the discussion will be enriching whether or not you’ve read the assigned selection!    Below is the Zoom Link for all classes.

Meeting ID: 830 1123 2378          Passcode: 2222 


All members of the community are welcome to participate in our classes.  If you are not a member or visitor, please register for any classes by sending an email to Betsy Hanzelin, Director of Congregational Enrichment at

Most courses this fall recommend participant purchase of a resource or text, usually at a cost of about $15-$30.  Check your local public library system for availability, if you prefer to borrow books, or check with Betsy Hanzelin if the costs of any texts are prohibitive to you.  All books are available for purchase through Bookie’s book store, 2015 Ridge Road in Homewood, 708-377-0789, and we recommend your support of this local business and independent book store.  Bookie’s is generously providing our course participants a 15% discount for all of the books on our course calendar this fall.

Current & Upcoming Classes

(Continuing) Book Study: Holy Envy

Sunday mornings at 11:30 am via Zoom

Running 6 non-consecutive weeks: October 18, 25, November 1, 15, 22, December 6

Led by Trina Hayes


In October and November 2020, we will be continuing our chapter by chapter book study (started in Fall 2019) of Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others.  This book by Barbara Brown Taylor tackles the questions and concerns that arise when we encounter anything different or “other.” We are exploring the spiritual riches God shares with us through the faith of others while we remain true to our own faith and beliefs.  Click link below for the Study Guide.

Bible Study: Reading the Bible with Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley

Wednesday evenings at 7pm via Zoom

Running 9 consecutive weeks: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, January 6, 13, 20, 27

Led by Jessica Groen


In this course we will take a closer look at various passages of the Bible along with the interpretive scholarship of Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley.   The two sources we’ll use are a publicly offered webinar course offered through Nashotah House Theological Seminary called "The Bible and Theology in Color” and McCaulley’s recently published book titled Reading While Black.   Our session time will be used to read and discuss Bible chapters together, discuss specific passages of his book, and view relevant selections from his course videos.  Optional homework between weekly class sessions may include reflective writing, viewing of longer webinar segments, or full book chapter readings. 

Participants interested in accessing the full series of lectures in McCaulley's Nashotah house course can use the link below to receive access to those.

Discovery Book Club novel: Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Sunday morning at 11:30 am via Zoom

1 session only:  December 13

Led by Trina Hayes


Other Words for Home is an exquisite view of the immigrant experience as seen through Jude, an eleven-year-old Syrian girl who accompanies her pregnant mother to live in Cincinnati. Told in verse, Jude makes being “other” come alive through her heart and her hope-filled story. James Hart Middle School has selected Other Words for Home as its all-school read. You may donate funds to purchase a copy of the book for a James Hart student at Bookie’s or on their website. 

Previous Fall Classes

Stress Mastery: Develop Resilience and Bring Joy Back

October 9-31

Led by: Audrey Weidman   


The days are getting shorter, going outside won't be as easy, and we may be fearful of another lock down.  

COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down - with work, school, and the ability to connect. As a result,

stress and anxiety is the OTHER pandemic.  But stress does not have to get the best of us. You can learn

about and practice evidence-based stress mastery techniques. Learn how to work with your brain, rather

than falling into an unhelpful stress habit loop.  

Audrey Weidman is a congregation member who is a Certified Stress Mastery Educator with the American Institute of Stress. She has a 4-week online course with information about stress and techniques for you to master stress. Access each week’s content online on your own schedule. Weekly accountability calls with Q&A is included. You will also take an accredited stress assessment.  This pinpoints areas you need to focus on along with a 20 min call with Audrey going over a plan of action.  The fee for the assessment tool is $25.  Register at this link: .  Please register no later than October 8.

Discovery Book Club novel: Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Sunday morning at 11:30 via Zoom

1 session only: October 11

Led by Trina Hayes


Women Talking is based on the true story of 130 Mennonite women and children in Bolivia who were drugged and raped for four years and had been told that ghosts had attacked them. Toews turns their story into a propulsive novel showing how eight women in the colony might have reacted. As they were all illiterate, their story is narrated by a shunned man who keeps “minutes” of their conversations. This is an original and fierce manifesto that reveals itself in an irresistible story that it’s tempting to read in one sitting.

Discovery Book Club novel: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Sunday morning at 11:30 am via Zoom

1 session only:  November 8

Led by Trina Hayes


Washington Black by Esi Edugyan is an acclaimed novel that begins in 1831 in Barbados where Washington Black, an enslaved 12-year-old, assists his enslaver’s brother in scientific research, then travels with him to Virginia, Arctic Canada, and Morocco. It’s a rip-roaring adventure with thought-provoking themes.

Book Study: Stand your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by The Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas

Wednesday evenings at 7pm via Zoom

Running 6 consecutive weeks: October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18

Led by Jessica Groen


Our Wednesday evening course for October and November will be study and discussion of a 2015 book by the Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas.  The book explores the social and historical frameworks that have developed a stand-your-ground culture in United States.   As a theologian and a Black mother responding to the killing of Trayvon Martin, Douglas argues that ideas of American exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny have been harmful to Black Americans, especially because stand-your-ground culture receives a stamp of approval by mainstream religious groups.  Douglas highlights how the Black faith tradition provides purpose and hope for seeking God during a time of crisis. 

Connect Events

Watch for occasional invitations throughout the year to participate in a presentation which is hosted or organized by a different organization, but fits well with our scope and priorities for adult education.


Media Framing and the Politics of Racism

Tuesday, November 3   

Hosted via Zoom by Purdue University Northwest

12:30-1:45 pm    A free event


How do media frame police violence and protests? How do media promote politician reforms and silence black voices for systemic change? How do media represent race relations? Presentation by Lee Artz, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, followed by a Q & A session. This is one event in a four-part fall lecture series on Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism, which is coordinated and moderated by the PNW College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.


Attend using this link:


Focus on Race & Social Justice

FCC is offered class sessions on Monday nights, based on topics are perennially relevant, but may be of special interest because of renewed energy to the civil rights movement for Black lives.   Resources used by the classes are available below. 

Excerpts from The 1619 Project

Our discussion of August 18, 2019 issue of The New York Times Magazine called "The 1619 Project".  This Project was created with the goal of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States and timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia.   


The living artists, writers, and scholars who contributed to this magazine issue and the broader project received the primary focus and place of honor as our course teachers.  We spent time to appreciate, in general, their broader life work, but also the courage and care they offered in wrestling with a particular topic or event of US Black history to make their individual contribution to the Project.


The course presentation, including links to further resources is available below, as well as link to the "1619 Project". 

Power and Purpose of Protest

We examined the reasons for and history of protests and non-violent resistance, from an article from Anti-Defamation League. 

“Why Bring it Up?” Raising Race Conscious Children

This session was an introduction to a parenting resource: a website called Raising Race Conscious Children.  We discussed “Why Bring it Up? Pushing Back Against White Supremacy” in which a parent describes their process of using multiple daily interactions to help children start noticing how majority white culture is presented as the default culture.

"Slurs and Biased Language"

The article “Slurs and Biased Language” provides a list of open-ended questions that caregivers can use as discussion starters with children, and ideas of how anyone could respond when in the presence of slurs or biased language being used to target someone.

A Church of Readers . . .

Whether it’s One-Book-One-Church, Discovery Book Discussions, or CATS (Church at the Train Station), the people of Flossmoor Community Church read a lot of books. If you’re looking for something to read, try one of these recently discussed titles:

•  Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

•  Benediction by Kent Haruf

•  The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

•  The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma

•  CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

•  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

•  God, Improv, and the Art of Living by MaryAnn McKibben Dana

•  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

•  Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

•  The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan

•  Meeting in the Margins by Cynthia Trenshaw

•  Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber

•  The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

•  Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

•  The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

•  Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

•  The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso            


 A master list of all the books discussed with each book’s themes is available below.​

Favorite novels over the years have included:  

•  The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

•  Jayber Crow and Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

•  The Known World by Edward P. Jones

•  Mr. Ives’ Christmas by Oscar Hijuelos

•  Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama  

•  Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

In nonfiction, the group recommends Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup and everything by Barbara Brown Taylor.

The Discovery Book Club has met since 1995 and has had extended discussions of books that helped us learn about the Bible, our faith, and our faith in action. We've also met as a book club to discuss novels, memoirs, and nonfiction books that illuminate and help us understand issues that our church is exploring, supporting, and working to comprehend and interpret. We chose these books to give us a view into areas that we might not personally experience. We select titles that immerse us in the lives and experiences of those who represent areas we want to understand better.


Books with Extended Discussions:

Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving - race relations, self awareness

A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community by John Pavlovitz   - hospitality, church, authenticity, faith, doubt

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine - microaggressions, racism

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo - racism, self- awareness, what can we do to combat racism

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans - Bible Study, lectio divina, interpretation, healing


One meeting book club discussions:

Becoming Nicole:The Transformation of An American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt - LGBTQ, transgender, empathy

Beartown by Fredrik Bachman - rape culture, accountability, greed, fear

This is How it Begins by Joan Dempsey - LGBTQ, respect, handling conflict, church and state separation

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa - redemption, fear, prejudice, leprosy

Hum if You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais - apartheid, hatred, tribalism, motherhood

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Black Lives Matter, racism, gun control, socio-economic issues

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones - racism, incarceration, wrongful conviction, marriage, love, independence


Online Worship is at 10 am

video posted on Monday

Education Hour

Youth at 11 am , Adults at 11:30 am

Church Office Hours

Monday - Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm

Friday from 9 am to 1 pm

Closed Saturday & Sunday

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