Adult Education

Adult Education Opportunities

The adult education programs of Fourth Church provide short-term and ongoing education for our members, friends of the church, and the wider community, through both in-person and Zoom options.

Class Offerings
Lenten Path of Discipleship
First Tuesday Book Club
Michigan Avenue Forums
Adult Education Video Archive
Top Ten Bible Podcast

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Winter 2023 Class Offerings

A Sittler Sampler: Ecology, Faith, and Much More
Sunday, January 29 and February 5 at 11:15 a.m.
Sunday, February 12 at 12:15 p.m.
in Room 5E
Led by former Parish Associate Jeff Doane

“A Sittler Sampler: Ecology, Faith, and Much More” considers the works of Joseph Sittler, who was a pioneering figure in addressing the deep need to care for the ecological order from a Christian perspective. He was also a leader in medical ethics and placed emphasis on how we frame our faith through language.

This class meets in person only.

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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: Individual or Universal?
Sunday, February 19
11:15 a.m.
in Borwell Dining and via Zoom
Led by Fourth Church Members Stephen Hauser and Michael Kazanjian

Stephen Hauser and Michael Kazanjian will discuss “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: Individual or Universal?” using religious art from the East and West from the book Resurrecting Easter by John and Sarah Crossan and several Bible passages. In the first millennium, religious art portrays Christ’s resurrection as both individual and universal. Soon after this, Western religious art conveys the resurrection as Christ alone in contrast to Eastern/Orthodox art that conveys the resurrection as a universal event bringing Adam, Eve, Abel, David, Solomon, and others with Christ.

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Faces at the Cross
Sunday, February 26
11:15 a.m.
in Borwell Dining Room (in person only)
(no Zoom and no recording)
Led by Fourth Church Members Betsy Storm and Kat Evans

The story of the resurrection quakes with drama, brimming as it is with astounding twists and turns before a stunning denouement. We know the events well from oft-told Bible stories, but what about hearing them from the breaking heart of Mary, whose beloved son has died brutally, or Pontius Pilate, the man who sentenced Jesus to death? How did these major characters experience Holy Week and the resurrection itself?

In poetic and often riveting words, author J. Barrie Shepherd’s book, Faces at the Cross: A Lent and Easter Collection of Poetry and Prose, regales us with clearly-imagined stories in the voices of Mary, Pilate, and others — straight from their hearts like an arrow to the soul. Join us as we share, aloud, several selected readings from Shepherd’s well-loved book. There will also be time for small-group discussion.

Michigan Avenue Forum on The 1619 Project

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Get Emailed Updates/Give Us Your Input

To receive periodic email updates about Adult Education offerings, to make an inquiry for information or to send evaluative comments, or to suggest a future course offering, email the Adult Education office.

Recommendation Form for a class or speaker
Proposal Form to submit a class of your own for consideration

Staff/Contact Information

Lucy Forster-Smith
Senior Associate Pastor for Leadership Development and Adult Education
Email | 312.573.3364

Jana Blazek
Adult Education Administrative Assistant

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