Spiritual Enrichment is WCC’s ministry of faith exploration and formation, uniting head and heart in pursuit of an honest and vibrant Christian faith that is open, relevant, faithful, and transformative.
enriching minds, expanding faith, transforming hearts
We believe that the spiritual journey is a lifelong process. Throughout our years we continue to explore deep questions, examine ethical challenges, and grow in wisdom, compassion, faith, and connection with others. We grow by drawing on our Christian heritage, the wisdom of the ages, the inner spark of our own spirit, and being recognized and heard in thoughtful conversation with others. Independent thinking welcome!
Sunday Mornings – 8:45-10:00 in the Centennial Room (September-May) (gather for refreshments at 8:45, begin at 9:00). We feature speakers, discussions, films, and experiences on a range of ethical, religious, social, historical, biblical, and spiritual topics.
Other Programs are offered in the daytime, evenings, and on weekends. Some are one-time; others are in short series: book discussions, Advent and Lenten prayer vigils, prayer workshops, films, walking the labyrinth, interfaith and social justice speakers, theologians, panels, and performances. Time for discussion is provided, with participation from attendees encouraged.
- Comparative Religion Great Courses DVD series (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism)
- The Reformation (last year was the 500th anniversary)
- WCC pastors and members on their faith journeys
- WCC Green Team on Food Waste and Renewable Energy
- Representatives of Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism discussing their faiths
- Teen members of WCC on the impact of social media on their lives
- Speakers on poverty, immigration, religious conflicts, etc.
- Book discussion of Eckhardt Tolle’s The Power of Now
Contact the Rev. Jeffrey Phillips, associate pastor. Jeffrey works with lay leaders on the Spiritual Enrichment Team to plan and carry out our ministry.
(847) 999-9403. More information about Jeffrey can be found at here.
Dr. Thomas Mockaitis returned to present a series on Current Events in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
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?