“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” 
– Albert Einstein

Adult Studies

“Docs and Dialogue” Begins

The past few years have been considered a “Golden Age” for documentary film-making. “Docs” are a powerful way to both raise awareness and generate discussion when it comes to important topics - topics which regularly do and should concern people of faith. 

In November, “Docs and Dialogue”, the documentary viewing and discussion series we introduced last fall, returns. FCC members, friends and guests are invited to gather in Patton Auditorium to view and then have a conversation about a documentary from recent years, with a focus not just on the central issue addressed by the film, but also the spiritual, Biblical and theological concerns the subject and film raise.

The first “Docs and Dialogue” for our new program year will be held on Monday, November 4, at 7:30 pm in Patton Auditorium. On that night, we will view the documentary “Alternate Endings”.

“Alternate Endings” offers a look at the varied ways Americans are choosing to both find meaning and celebrate life as it comes to an end. Touching and heartfelt, the film spotlights a subject many of us would rather avoid in a positive and thought-provoking manner that features stories grounded in empowerment.

PLUS - two more “Docs and Dialogue” before the end of 2019!

Monday, November 18, 7:30pm in Patton Hall

“What Do You Believe Now?”

In this 2019 documentary, six millennial age young adults, all from different spiritual traditions (Catholic, Pagan, Jewish, Muslim, Lakota Sioux and Buddhist) offer thoughts on their personal faith journeys and evolving ideas about subjects such as the nature of higher powers, life purpose, suffering and religious intolerance. They do so against the backdrop of a society in flux due to growing religious polarization and disengagement.

Tuesday, December 17, 7:30pm in Patton Hall

“Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas”

At this time of year, Christians throughout the world join in celebrating Jesus’ birth. But where do various Christmas traditions come from? Why, for instance, is the holiday marked by gift giving and receiving? Who came up with the idea of putting up a Christmas tree? And why do we hang stockings?

Join us for a fun and informative look at the emergence of the modern-day Christmas celebration and its relationship to the event it is rooted in.

“Monthly Prayer and Meditation”

Tuesdays, November 12 and December 10
7:30pm-8:30pm in the Sanctuary

Members, friends and guests are invited to join together in a time of prayer and meditative practice on the second Tuesday (usually) of  each month. These sessions will include time for participants to offer and discuss their own prayer concerns and intentions.

Also in December: a two week Advent focused unit-

Advent in a Time of Change
Mondays: December 9 and 16 7:00-8:00pm in Chapel Lounge

During this two week class, we will be using excerpts from the Advent books, Low: An Honest Advent Devotional (John Pavlovitz) and Finding Bethlehem in Bedlam (John Moore) to discuss and reflect on what it means to wait for the Prince of Peace in a time of turmoil, change and uncertainty. Come and let us puzzle this eternal problem together.