Faith Matters… Belief Matters…
Adult Enrichment includes both Sunday mornings prior to 10:00 worship and specially scheduled weekday mornings/evenings.
Sunday mornings during fall, winter, and spring quarters begin at 8:45 with Refreshments and Fellowship, followed by Program at 9:00.
Our popular Sunday format is media presentation followed by conversation on various religious and spiritual topics. Guest speakers from local seminaries and universities and faith-based organizations present at various times throughout the year.
Special enrichment programs and short-term series are provided at other times and seasons during the week throughout the year that include feature movies, documentaries, and book discussions.
As “A House of Worship for All People” we promote FOCUS: Focus On Community UnderStanding to foster global and local interfaith conversation and community service.
February & March
In February, we conclude our recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Far from being a singular event in history, it was a complex, far-reaching development in Christian theology and practice. The idea of individual empowerment spread beyond Christianity, and the evolution of Protestant-Catholic relationships and of world-wide religious institutions continues to this day.
In March, our theme is “Faith Journeys.” Lent is a season of reflection on personal spiritual paths, as we follow Jesus from Galilee to his decisive week in Jerusalem. This month, our pastors, along with one of our lay members, will be sharing their own faith journeys. You will not want to miss this opportunity for us all to get to know one another better and to strengthen our faith community.
“Catholic-Protestant Reconciliation” – the Rev. Jeffrey L. Phillips
“Religious Diversity in the 21st Century” – Great Courses Comparative Religion DVD Series
“Faith Journeys” – the Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland
“Faith Journeys” – the Rev. Jeffrey L. Phillips
“Faith Journeys” – the Rev. Jeffrey D. Braun
“Faith Journeys” – WCC member, J. S. Hedegard
Sunday mornings in the Centennial Room:
8:45 – fellowship & refreshments
9:00 – presentation, followed by discussion
Dr. Thomas Mockaitis returned to present a series on Current Events in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. This is a FOCUS (Focus On Community UnderStanding) ministry of Adult Enrichment.
WCC ADULT ENRICHMENT – FOCUS Series on Migration
The Loyola professor, Dr. Maria Valdez de Haymes and some of her social work student interns share their experience and insights into the critical topic of immigration.
Instructor: K. K. Yeo (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is currently Harry R. Kendall Professor of New Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He has authored and edited over 25 Chinese books and 8 English books on cross-cultural biblical interpretation and Christian spirituality, including What Has Jerusalem to Do with Beijing? (Trinity Press International, 1995) and Zhuangzi and James (in Chinese, 2012). He was born and raised in Borneo, Malaysia. With his wife Kungsiu and three children, they reside in Skokie.
K.K. provided an insightful and well received Sunday morning series at WCC in fall, 2011.
Evolution and Genesis 1 presented by Dr. Paul Allen
Why Do We Celebrate Isaac Newton?: Connection Between Universe and Our Genetic Code presented by Dr. Chang Liu
Dr. Charles Dowding (engineer)
Dr. Chang Liu (engineer)
Dr. Charles Shabica (geologist)
The Sixth Sense by William Mueller
Ecology:God’s fine balances. How do people influence Earth’s natural systems? by Laurie Morse
October 16, 2013: Fr. Michael Pfleger’s presentation on Violence… Why? And What Can Be Done?