Adult Programs

The Adult Education Program at KUCC provides a safe, nurturing, and non-judgmental environment for adults to explore the life-long journey of their faith. Classes meet regularly on Sunday mornings and various evenings throughout the year. Sunday topics relate to the intersection of one’s faith with spiritual practice, the Bible, and contemporary issues. Evening classes focus on specific studies or books and meet intermittently. Discussions are always lively, respectful, and thought-provoking. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.

Sunday  Morning  times: 10:45 – 11:45

Sunday Evening times: 6:30 P M

Sunday morning and evening programs  will meet in the Adult Education classroom unless otherwise announced.

SUNDAY EVENING CLASS

UPCOMING SUN. BOOK DISCUSSION: May 21, 6:30 pm

WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD

Join us on Sunday evening, May 21, at 6:30 PM, in the Adult Education room as we discuss Susan Crandall’s 2014 novel, Whistling Past the Graveyard, a multi-layered saga that can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. It is widely available in print & on e-readers. The novel 2014, vividly portrays the struggles of the Civil Rights movement in 1963 in a very authentic and complex story which does not sugarcoat the racial tension of the time. Comparable to such other classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help, this novel is witty, highly intelligent and downright charming. This is the Deep South authentically portrayed, with characters from different backgrounds joining together for a road trip that will literally change their lives. The story is told from the point-of-view of a nine-year-old who questions the implications of the religious beliefs that she sees practiced around her and experiences first-hand the harsh reality of discrimination. The book’s close up view of bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance will give us much to talk about as we gather May 21.

 

SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES

Russ Kuttenkuler’s Faith Journey–May 7

Thanks, Russ, for an inspiring morning!

Congregational Meeting–No Morning Class–May 21

Memorial Weekend -No Class–May 28

Immigrant Issues–June 4, 11, 18, and 25

 

June 4: Our speaker will be Sara John, the Program Coordinator for The St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA), a non-profit organization that is committed to standing in solidarity with the poor of Latin America. Since 1982, IFCLA has collaborated with congregations, schools and organizations in the metropolitan area and across the US to work for a more just and equitable world community. They work to accompany the people of Latin America in their struggles for human rights and social justice through education and advocacy in the US. They work to end racial profiling of immigrants both in the Saint Louis region and the United States as a whole, to promote just immigration policies, to close the SOA/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHINSEC), to end the militarization of Latin America, to promote just trade, to accompany sister communities in El Salvador and Guatemala, and to promote justice in all Latin American countries, especially Honduras.

June 11: Rev. Tyler Connoley, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and a member of Peace UCC in Webster Groves, will be our guest speaker. In 2014 and 2015, he served in the Southwest Conference of the UCC as their Immigrant Care Coordinator, a position funded by the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries and tasked with connecting churches and members throughout the UCC to the work of Immigrant Justice and Immigrant Welcome.

 

 

June 18: We will view the video “Dying to Get In: Undocumented Immigration at the US Mexican Border,” which provides an intimate perspective of border crossing and the people who cross. The U.S./Mexican border, dubbed a “gauntlet of death,” is infiltrated first-hand in this gritty examination. In an effort to further understand the relationships between developed and developing countries, the viewer is pulled deep into the Arizona desert where so many have already perished.

 

June 25: We will view the video “Immigrant America: The High Cost of Deporting Parents.” As Barack Obama considered ways to enforce immigration laws “more humanely,” VICE News traveled to Guatemala to meet a deportee named Ray Jesus, who lives apart from his American wife and 5 American children. When Ray lived in the U.S., he was the family’s breadwinner. Now they rely on welfare to get by. It turns out that deporting parents costs much more than the price of a one-way ticket home.

July 2, 9, 16. 23–Summer Movie:  FENCES

How do we hear God still speaking to us, especially in the everyday activities of our lives? Is it ever through contemporary media messages? The movies? Or is it in conversation with others? Or could it be in conversation with others about the messages we see and hear around us? During July, we will be viewing the recently released film “Fences,” based on the play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson.

Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter and lets his frustrations blind him to what he should be treasuring most.

Join us in the theater in July as we view this compelling movie. While you may have seen the movie already, did you think about what message it may have had for you about your faith? Your daily life? And how does your faith reflect on the contemporary issue brought up in the film?

July 30-No Class–Betsy’s Sabbatical Send-Off

 

 

 ADULT FAITH FORMATION CLASS – Wednesday’s 10:00 – 11:15 am

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To allow adults to experience faith formation as our youth do, an adult faith formation class is being offered on Wednesday mornings. Participants discuss faith, the Bible, God, Jesus Christ, the Church, prayer, communion, baptism, social justice, and more, in creative and interactive ways. The class meets from 10:00 – 11:15 am. If you are interested, contact Pastor Betsy at betsy@kirkwooducc.org.