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ADULT EDUCATION

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. Several opportunities are offered at 11 am on Sundays, but additional classes are occasionally available during the week.  Our program year for Educational Offerings runs September through early May.

 

Class offerings can be found in Faith Family Matters in the worship bulletin on Sundays.

winter/spring 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!

PLEASE NOTE: Books for all classes are available through Bookie’s book store, 2015 Ridge Road in Homewood, 708-377-0789. 

Please click below to view our flyer with complete information on our classes.

(Continuing) Book Study: Holy Envy
Sunday mornings at 11 am in the Family Room
Running 8 non-consecutive weeks: January 5, 12, March 1, 15, 22, 29, April 26, May 3
Led by Trina Hayes


In January through May 2020, we will be continuing our chapter by chapter book study 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. 

Bible Study: Actually, the Bible Is Political
Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the Family Room
Running 4 consecutive weeks on January 8 -29
Led by Pastor Fred Lyon

 

This study will consider how political the Bible truly is. We will explore passages from Isaiah, Ezekiel, the Gospel of Luke.

 

Discovery Book Club memoir: It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime    
Sunday morning at 11 am in the Family Room
1 session only: January 19
Led by Trina Hayes


This youth reader edition of comedian Trevor Noah’s 2016 book on his South African childhood is one of the three 2019-20 HF Reads book selections recommended to the community by Homewood-Flossmoor high school. Our discussion guide for this book has been created by H-F High librarian Alicia Rodriguez.  Other editions of this book which are available and recommended: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.  Don’t miss the audio edition which is read by the author.

 

Celebrating Black History Month - February

Black History Month Course: excerpts from The 1619 Project
Sunday mornings at 11 am in the Family Room
Running 4 consecutive weeks, from February 2 to February 23
Led by Adult Education Committee


Our Black History month course curriculum will rely heavily on the August 18, 2019 issue of the New York Times Magazine called "The 1619 Project".


The living artists, writers and scholars who contributed to this magazine issue and broader project will receive the primary focus and place of honor as our course teachers.  We will take time each Sunday morning class 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 will be designed to provide introductory engagement with representative portions of this project each Sunday morning in February, with longer reading/study/response assignments for course enrollees to work on through the week for an hour or two as they opt in. This Project includes a 100-page issue with 35 contributing artists, writers, and scholars.  It has 17 literary pieces, 11 essays, and 6 brief historical inserts. There’s also podcast titled 1619, with episodes that connect to several of the essays.  The paper magazine copy is nearly impossible to come by, but there is free digital pdf access available HERE.

Black History Month Book Study: Lenny Duncan’s Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US
Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the Family Room
Running 4 consecutive weeks from February 5 through February 26
Led by Pastor Fred Lyon


The black preacher and author is Lenny Duncan. The whitest denomination is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Duncan is now an ELCA pastor. But his often reckless youth and young adulthood would have predicted him ending up otherwise. One reviewer of Dear Church writes: “Duncan brings the truth about being black in the whitest church in the USA, about being queer in a queerphobic context, about the stigma brought against formerly incarcerated folk. Lenny reminds the church of our call from God to be church not just for the margins, or to the margins, but recentering ourselves in the margins.” If you’re up for a challenging read that generates compelling conversation, this may very well be the study you’re looking for.

 

Please sign up for this class either at the Welcome Counter in the Gathering Space, or by emailing Pastor Fred at fclyon2@gmail.com

Discovery Book Club novel: Women Talking by Miriam Toews
Sunday morning at 11 am in the Family Room
1 session only: March 8
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: Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Sunday morning at 11 am in the Family Room
1 session only:  April 5
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.


 

Sunday Morning Drop-in Classes
Sunday mornings at 11 am in the Bell Chapel unless otherwise noted

A series of stand-alone classes, chats, and presentations which do not include a commitment of several consecutive weeks or lengthy assigned readings for class preparation. Each session will fit in with one or more of the following umbrella categories:  Supporting Children and Families, Promoting Diversity and Safe Spaces, Developing Bible Literacy, and Community Engagement.

Old Testament Lecture Series:  #4 - Abraham, Sarah, & Hagar        January 5
This class will open with a viewing of the fourth lecture (30 min) in Professor Amy-Jill Levine’s DVD course on the Old Testament.  Lecture 4 comments upon Genesis 11-21, with a closer look at the tower of Babel story, as well as stories of Abram, his name change, his sojourn in Egypt, and his efforts to produce a child.  The second half of the class will provide time for further group discussion of this section of Genesis.  This lecture series will be presented once per month during the upcoming year to get up through Lecture 7.

Dear Ijeawele: Suggestions 4-6       January 12
In this drop-in class, we will discuss the second triplet of fifteen suggestions in a short pamphlet written by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to friend of hers from childhood.  Her friend, Ijeawele, had asked Adichie for advice on how to raise her baby girl a feminist. We will read aloud together from our personal digital devices, so bring a tablet or smartphone with you.   Digital link available  HERE 

LCFS’ See the Change Tour        March 1
Leslie Lopez, LCFS Director of Development, will facilitate a presentation from the organization of Lutheran Child and Family Services in Illinois.  Attendees will hear about the impact they have on Illinois children and families. Presenters will share their own stories of triumph and success due to their hard work and the help of LCFS’ programs and services.

How To Become a Positive Deviant                 March 8
Audrey Weidman, Certified Stress Mastery Educator of the American Institute of Stress, will share evidence-based findings on how to become happier.  Audrey has been a student of Positive Psychology and wants to share simple actionable steps anyone can take to become happier starting right now.

Old Testament Lecture Series:  #5 - Isaac        March 15
This class will open with a viewing of the fifth lecture (30 min) in Professor Amy-Jill Levine’s DVD course on the Old Testament.  Lecture 5 comments upon Genesis 21-22, with a fuller discussion of the encounter between Isaac and his father that nearly ended in child sacrifice.  The second half of the class will provide time for further group discussion of this section of Genesis.  This lecture series will be presented once per month during the upcoming year to get up through Lecture 7.

Dear Ijeawele: Suggestions 7-10       March 22
In this drop-in class, we will discuss several more of the fifteen suggestions in a short pamphlet written by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to friend of hers from childhood.  Her friend, Ijeawele, had asked Adichie for advice on how to raise her baby girl a feminist. We will read aloud together from our personal digital devices, so bring a tablet or smartphone with you.  Digital link available  HERE 

Legacy Giving During Your Lifetime      March 29
Janet Bolton, a financial advisor and certified investment management analyst, will give a presentation that helps members consider ways we can support FCC beyond the budget, and beyond our annual giving/pledge.  

Old Testament Lecture Series:  #6 – The Jacob Saga        April 5
This class will open with a viewing of the sixth lecture (30 min) in Professor Amy-Jill Levine’s DVD course on the Old Testament.  Lecture 6 comments upon Genesis 25-36, with a fuller discussion of the relationship between Isaac and Rebecca’s twin sons, Esau and Jacob.   The second half of the class will provide time for further group discussion of this section of Genesis.  This lecture series will be presented once per month during the upcoming year to get up through Lecture 7.

Dear Ijeawele: Suggestions 11-15       April 26
In this drop-in class, we will discuss the final group of fifteen suggestions in a short pamphlet written by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to friend of hers from childhood.  Her friend, Ijeawele, had asked Adichie for advice on how to raise her baby girl a feminist. We will read aloud together from our personal digital devices, so bring a tablet or smartphone with you.   Digital link available  HERE 

Old Testament Lecture Series:  #7 – Genesis 25-36 continued        May 3
This class will open with a viewing of the seventh lecture (30 min) in Professor Amy-Jill Levine’s DVD course on the Old Testament.  Lecture 7 comments upon Genesis 25-36, with a literary analysis of folklore and type scenes in these stories of Jacob and his family.   The second half of the class will provide time for further group discussion of this section of Genesis.  This lecture series will be presented once per month during the upcoming year to get up through Lecture 7.


Connect Events

Watch for occasional invitations throughout the year to join some fellow members to visit a presentation which may be hosted by a different organization or in a different location, but fits well with our scope and priorities for adult education. Here are two that are recommended at the date of this booklet’s printing, but watch for more suggestions in Narthex and Bulletin publications throughout the year.

Movie and Discussion Outing:  Just Mercy
Sunday, January 12
Marcus Theatres, COUNTRY CLUB HILLS CINEMA
4201 W. 167th Street | Country Club Hills, IL 60478, (708) 365-1380
Screening time:  1:30 pm


Just Mercy is a 2019 American legal drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, and starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, and Brie Larson. It tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson appeals his murder conviction. The film is based on the memoir of the same name, written by Bryan Stevenson.


We will have a discussion and treats after the movie at the home of Jeff and Jessica Groen.  The discussion will be facilitated by Kate Saunders, who has taught the Just Mercy book in her high school English classes, and by Bella VanderWoude, a high school student who did a research project on the book.  

Movie Screening & Discussion:  Joseph Oliver Brown (JOB)
Sunday, February 23 at 3 pm
Flossmoor Community Church Sanctuary

A free event hosted by the FCC Congregational Connections Board

From Director Nate B. Grant’s company lakeshorefilm.com: “This film is an exciting adaptation based off of the book of JOB told from a millennial lens with a primarily millennial cast. This powerful story will engage and inspire viewers of all ages. Religious beliefs are put to the test, but this is a testament to the Endurance of one man who would not dishonor himself or his belief in God.    A successful contractor miraculously gets the opportunity to bid on a multi-million dollar project, but the possibility of making the 45-day deadline is looking bleak as his faith is tested by one obstacle after another, each becoming increasingly insurmountable.”

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 this summer, 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 Pavolvitz   - 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 devina, 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

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