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.
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 watch this space for our Fall Opportunities to learn and connect.
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.
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.
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 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