Foundations

Foundations

We are pleased to offer a Sunday School experience for adults. Foundations will meet at 9:30am in room 213. 

We are hoping that it will be ‘a place to share, explore and inspire’.


Foundations Class

FoundationsBeginning January 5, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., the Foundations Adult Sunday School Class will be laying groundwork for discussions on: Evil, Religion and Science, Other Religions, Evangelism and Tolerance, The God of the Old Testament, Jesus and Christianity, Resurrection, The Gnostic Gospels, and The Sins of the Church, and Forgiveness.

Please join us in Room 213 for some wonderful discussions and learning adventures.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 9:30am

Foundations Class: Christianity and World Religions

Simply Christian - Why Christianity Makes SenseStrengthen Your Foundation of Faith This Fall

For the first ten weeks of the fall quarter, beginning on Sunday, September 15, "Christianity and World Religions - Wrestling with the Questions People Ask" will be the focus for the Foundations class this fall. This 10-session study presents basics about Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and how Christians can build bridges of understanding with people of those faiths. The study includes brief video presentations by representatives from each of the religions. In addition, guest speakers from local faith communities will be invited to share their perspectives with class members.

You are invited to be a part of this class, and since each session addresses a single topic, you may attend all ten sessions, or just one.  

The Foundations class meets every Sunday at 9:30am in Room 213 to provide a Sunday School for adults who want to explore their faith. All are welcome to attend any week, and you do not need to have or read the book to participate.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 9:30am

Foundations Class: Why Christianity Makes Sense

Simply Christian - Why Christianity Makes SenseThe Foundations Class is currently engaged in a study based on the book by N.T. Wright, “Simply Christian – Why Christianity Makes Sense.” N. T. Wright, currently the Bishop of Durham in the Anglican church, is one of the foremost New Testament theologians and has written what has been described as a 21st-century counterpart to Lewis’s Mere Christianity. It addresses many of the central questions of our faith and the mystery of our relationship to God.    

The Foundations class meets every Sunday at 9:30am in Room 213 to provide a Sunday School for adults who want to explore their faith. All are welcome to attend any week, and you do not need to have or read the book to participate.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 9:30am

Foundations Class The Path To Spiritual Authenticity

The Path To Spiritual Authenticity

The fall classes have focused on the inner spiritual discipline practices that lead to an understanding and "knowing" of our loving God. We wrap up with the following classes.

December 2 - Honesty, Confession, Fasting, and Humility
Why confession is not only good for the soul, but also good for our pride and our relationships.

December 9 - The Lord's Prayer
The Lord's prayer is the universal prayer of all Christians. What does it teach us about our relationship with God.

December 16 - The Inner Spiritual Practices
What practice fits us best as individuals and how does that practice help us embody Christ

December 23 - The Future
Where Do We Go From Here?

December 30 - No Class

Foundations is every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in Room 213.
All Are Invited.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 9:30am

Foundations Class The Path To Spiritual Authenticity

The Path To Spiritual Authenticity

The focus for Foundations during the month of November is: Meditation and Prayer

November 4: Meditation for Those Who Breathe with John Cianciosi
There is nothing mysterious about meditation; it is a systematic process of introspection by which we can arrive at deep inner peace and insight. We begin by using simple techniques such as systematic relaxation of the body, and mindfulness of breathing to cultivate greater awareness, concentration, and serenity. As our skill in meditation develops, we are able to investigate our inner world of emotions and mental states, and realize that we are in fact the creator of these states.

John was a Buddhist Monk for over 20 years and is currently the Resident Buddhist Teacher at the Theosophical Society. He also teaches at the College of DuPage. John will teach us meditation practices on November 4 and follow up on November 18.

November 11:
We will focus on another type of meditative and prayer practice.

November 18:
Continuation of Meditation for Those Who Breathe

Foundations is every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in Room 213.
All Are Invited.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 9:30am

Foundations Class

The focus for Foundations during the month of October is Wisdom.

Happy the man who discovers wisdom,
the man who gains discernment:
gaining her is more rewarding than silver,
more profitable than gold. 
Proverbs 3:13-14

October 7: The Wisdom of Scripture
In this class we explore what scripture teaches us about wisdom and how we can cultivate a wise mind.

October 14: Wisdom To Live By
In this class we explore the wisdom we claim for our own.

October 21: People Are Wiser Than They Think
Dr. Ken Potts, Pastoral Counselor, Samaritan Interfaith
Join us as Dr. Potts shares the nuggets of wisdom he has mined from just listening to people discussing their lives.

October 28: The Power of a Mantra form of Contemplative Prayer To Awaken the Transcendent in Daily Living
Carol J. Lysne PhD
Carol shares the results of her research on contemplative prayer.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 9:30am

Foundations

FoundationsThe Path to Spiritual Authenticity

September Classes
Reflection, Assessment, and Creation

September 9: Summer Insights
Foundations will begin with a discussion on spiritual authenticity followed with a little homework for the following week.

September 16: In Praise of Age
Through small group sharing there will be a discussion about what has and is changing.

September 23: Assessment
Through small group sharing there will be a discussion about "Who am I today; physically, mentally and socially?" As well as a discussion on maturity.

September 30: Creation
The power of the unconscious, intention and attention, a five year plan, and a vision board will be the focus of this meeting.

October Preview: Wisdom

Foundations is held at 9:30 on Sunday mornings in Room 213. All are welcome!

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 9:30am

Foundations

FoundationsMay Schedule

May 6th, 2012 - Evolutionary Christianity: Richard Lewis

Evolutionary Christianity proposes that God acts in and through the evolutionary process. It draws upon the words of Jesus and Paul to explain the evolutionary impulse and our responsibility in creating the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom of Love. Richard Lewis is a retired UCC Minister. He received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the Chicago Theological Seminary where he later worked as Dean of Students and Director of Field Education for 15 years. He has also served as an interim minister in several churches in the Chicago area. His current interest is in Evolutionary Christianity and Integral Philosophy.

May 13th, 2012 - Born Again Methodist: Ed Kras

Ed shares the challenges he faced on his spiritual journey and how he came to be a part of our church body.

May 20th, 2012 - Re-Cap: What we learned and how we can apply it.

LAST CLASS UNTIL FALL.

Location: 
Room 212
Date: 
Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 9:30am

Foundations

FoundationsApril Schedule

April 1st, 2012 - Facing Alcoholism: The Way of A.A.: Mary Carrigan

A.A. has helped people overcome addictions since 1935 when one addict shared the "good news" with another addict. A.A. is a spiritual program that transforms lives when worked.

April 8th, 2012 - No Class

April 15th, 2012 - The Power of Poetry: Howard Milkman

April 22nd, 2012 - How I Learned to be Compassionate: Judy Koptik

Judy shares what she has learned from her own and others life circumstances as she walked her spiritual path.

April 29th, 2012 - Evolutionary Christianity: Richard Lewis

Evolutionary Christianity proposes that God acts in and through the evolutionary process. It draws upon the words of Jesus and Paul to explain the evolutionary impulse and our responsibility in creating the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom of Love. Richard Lewis is a retired UCC Minister. He received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the Chicago Theological Seminary where he later worked as Dean of Students and Director of Field Education for 15 years. He has also served as an interim minister in several churches in the Chicago area. His current interest is in Evolutionary Christianity and Integral Philosophy.

Location: 
Room 212
Date: 
Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 9:30am

Foundations

FoundationsMarch Schedule

March 4th, 2012 - The Refugees in Our Midst: Anne Wentz

“Working with refugees is one of the most fulfilling ways I know of expressing the love of the Gospel,” according to Anne Wentz.  Refugees are people who have fled their home country because of religious, political or ethnic persecution.  Most of them fled for their lives.

Refugees come to the U.S. with nothing but the clothes on their backs and a small suitcase. Most speak little or no English, have no job skills and have no understanding of American culture, schools, or customs – things that we all take for granted. Yet, they are expected to find jobs and become self-supporting within 3-6 months of arriving.

Anne Wentz has been working for more than eight years with refugees in the western suburbs through her church, Exodus World Service and World Relief.  She first became involved with refuges when she helped to collect and deliver a “Welcome to America” Pack (about 50 basic household items for kitchen, bedroom and bath) for a newly arrived refugee family. 

From there, Anne became a “New Neighbor” volunteer, meeting with families on a regular basis, and responding to the needs:  understanding a new culture, language and our medical and educational systems.  Anne has helped with applying for food stamps, finding doctors who accept Medicaid, finding dentists who would do pro bono work, providing transportation to medical appointments, and enrolling children in school.

Location: 
Room 212
Date: 
Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 9:30am

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