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 – 8:30-10:00 in the Centennial Room (September-May) (gather for refreshments at 8:30, 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.
Questions? 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.
Seeing Life Through Others’ Eyes
2019 Final Four Sessions
Native American, African American, and Greek Orthodox spirituality will highlight the final four Sunday morning Spiritual Enrichment sessions this calendar year.
This Sunday, November 24, Jody Roy from the St. Kateri Center will help us learn about Native American spirituality. The St. Kateri Center is the Roman Catholic outreach to the Native American community in Chicago. Jody is a member of the Ojibwe Nation and will be bringing a musician from St. Kateri as well as some of the sacred objects used in Native American spiritual practice.
On December 1 and 8, the Rev. Benjamin Reynolds, dean of students at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, will be presenting on the African American church. Rev. Reynolds is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Church and the United Church of Christ. He is also a Ph.D. candidate.
Finishing out our Sunday morning offerings in 2019 will be a presentation on the Orthodox tradition by Helen Theodoropolous on December 15. Helen is very knowledgeable about the branch of Christianity known broadly as the Orthodox (or “Eastern Orthodox”) Church. She will not only be telling us about its history and beliefs but leading us in some of the unique spiritual practices of Orthodoxy.
Spiritual Enrichment Sunday sessions happen in the Centennial Room, with refreshments at 8:30 a.m. and program at 8:45. We conclude at 9:45. Childcare is offered on an as-needed basis. If you need childcare from 8:30-9:45 on Sunday morning, please call or text Shelli Brown at (312) 543-2357 not later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday. If you would like to receive regular email updates about Spiritual Enrichment activities, let Pastor Jeffrey Phillips know: (847) 999-9403 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be planning for a three-part series on immigration and faith, starting Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 8:30 a.m., and continuing January 12 and 19.
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