Academy for Faith and Life

Welcome to the Academy for Faith and Life, an anchor component of Fourth Presbyterian Church’s adult education program. Through this program we provide short-term and ongoing education for our members, friends of the church, and the wider community.

The Adult Education Committee is committed to offering learning opportunities that invite participants to engage in a range of study options. You will find biblical and theological offerings for those who have years of prolonged study as well as for those who know little about Christian theology or the Bible. Some of the courses integrate issues of social and ethical importance with Christian principles and values. There are classes on spiritual development and practice and others that consider arts and culture. No matter your particular interests, we trust the Academy’s offerings will provide opportunities for growth and Christian community.

Look below for more information about this season's Academy for Faith and Life opportunities!

Fall 2018 Adult Education Opportunities

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About
the Bible or Your Money Back (A Free Class)

Sundays, December 16, and January 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Longing for God: Faith Development Over a Lifetime
Sundays, November 18–December 16 at 11:00 a.m.


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Course Recommendations and Proposals

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Bible or Your Money Back (A Free Class)

Sundays, October 21, November 18, December 16, and January 20
9:30 a.m. in Room 5G

Led by Rocky Supinger and Matt Helms

Sixty-six books, 1,189 chapters, 31,173 verses. Let’s face it—the Bible is long. So long that many of us don’t even know where to begin. Well, sure: Genesis. But how is Genesis connected to the rest of the Old Testament? What’s the deal with Leviticus? How did Israel come into being? Are Obadiah, Nahum, and Zebulun all prophetic books in the Old Testament, or did we totally make one of those up?

Taught by Associate Pastors (and Bible enthusiasts) Rocky Supinger and Matt Helms, this monthly class mixes biblical storytelling, historical context, literary analysis, and small group discussion to help bring the biblical text to life and wrestle with what it means for us today. Each class will also feature a chance to submit any question that you’ve ever had about the Bible—large or small—and Rocky and Matt will close the class by attempting to answer several of these questions.

Matt Helms is an ordained Presbyterian minister, the Associate Pastor for Children and Family Ministry at Fourth Church, and an expert at nerdy strategy games.

Rocky Supinger is an ordained Presbyterian minister, the Associate Pastor
for Youth Ministry at Fourth Church, and a coffee connoisseur.

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Longing for God: Faith Development Over a Lifetime

Sundays, November 18–December 16 (4 weeks)
11:00 a.m. in Room 5G
   (This class will not meet on Sunday, November 25 in observance
   
of the Thanksgiving weekend.)

Led by Lucy Forster-Smith

Throughout a lifetime we change quite a bit. Our hair grows and goes gray. Wrinkles form and fade. Our appetites change. Our values shift. Our bodies, minds, and very beings appear to be in constant evolution. Just as our psychological, moral, and intellectual growth moves through stages, so does our spiritual growth. Our deepest questions, our placed trusts, our faith moves like a rushing river.

Through this class we will explore the developmental life of humans from birth to death. Anchored in the question “What is a lifetime and why live it?” weekly topics will include infancy in theological perspective; early childhood as tripping over God; teenage years as encounter with big questions; midlife crisis as faithful living; and encountering God through facing mortality will awaken discussion and deepen our engagement.

Lucy Forster-Smith is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and serves as the Senior Associate Pastor for Leadership Development and Adult Education at Fourth Church.

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Practicing the Presence of God

This class, originally scheduled for December 2018, has been canceled.

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Academy Newsletter

To receive periodic email updates from the Academy for Faith and Life, send email addresses to academy@fourthchurch.org.

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Course Recommendations and Proposals

Suggestions for future course offerings can be submitted to academy@fourthchurch.org or dropped off at the church reception desk.

Please use this Recommendation Form if you have an idea for a class or speaker; use this Proposal Form if you would like to submit a class of your own for consideration.

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Staff and Contact Information

Staff
    Lucy Forster-Smith
    Senior Associate Pastor for Leadership Development and Adult Education
    lforster-smith@fourthchurch.org
    312.787.3364

    Casie Dodd
    Adult Education Program Assistant
    cdodd@fourthchurch.org
    312.573.3366

Contact Information
For—
   • general questions or requests for information,
   • requests for class tapes,
   • evaluative comments,
   • suggestions for courses and speakers

—please contact the Academy office at academy@fourthchurch.org

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Child Care

On Sunday mornings: Childcare for infants up to age two is available in the Nursery from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sunday School classes for all other children are offered at both 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. from September through May. For information about Sunday School and children’s and family programs, contact Matt Helms at 312.573.3362.

On weekdays
: To arrange childcare for weekday courses or events, contact Matt Helms (312.573.3362) at least one week prior to the event.

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View the Academy for Faith and Life calendar here.