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We offer Adult Education programs that challenge us spiritually and intellectually, deepen our individual faiths, and develop deeper relationships with fellow Christians.

Upcoming Programs

Matt, Luke, and Chuck:  The Guys Who Invented Christmas

In the New Testament, only Matthew and Luke bother to tell the story of Jesus’ birth, and they tell two different stories. Closer to our own day, Charles Dickens almost all by himself determined how we celebrate the holiday in England, and later in America. Mondays, in the Culbertson Room. Three authors—the evangelists Matthew and Luke and the novelist Charles Dickens—are entirely responsible for the way we tell and celebrate the Christmas story. Please join Bill Evertsberg’s Adult Ed presentation served nourishing convivialities and seasonal libations like figgy pudding and mulled wine will accompany this feast for the mind.

Monday, November 11 Matthew and Luke: The First and Third Gospel
Monday, November 18 Charles Dickens: The Fifth Gospel

Bible Read Along

The Gospel of Luke

New Bible Read Along begins November 6. All are invited to drop-in as you are able to read from the beginning of The Gospel of Luke. As we prepare for Advent and Christmas, we will hear again Luke’s words for a weary world. Drop in as you are able to the Library on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. Contact The Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest for more information.

Getting to Yes, And Podcast

 

 

Hosted by Kelly Leonard, Executive Director, Insights + Applied Improvisation, “Getting to Yes, And” features conversations with writers, thinkers, and business leaders who are using creativity to challenge conventional business approaches. A Second Citizen for over 30 years, Kelly is the co-author of “Yes, And,” a book that explores the power of improvisation to transform businesses and individuals.

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Podcast with guest Ai-jen Poo of applying “yes and” principles of improv as a care giver, particularly for those with dementia.

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Dr. Sylvia Smith runs Giant Steps, an organization designed to provide vocational and educational services to individuals with Autism. Nick Johne is a longtime Second City actor and teacher who developed our Improvisation for Autism program.

Past Programs

Ash & Starlight Book Event

Friday, November 15, 9:45 a.m. in the Centennial Room, Arianne Lehn will discuss “prayerful parenting” using her book, Ash & Starlight and we will explore ways prayer can center and ground us as we approach the holidays! Meet in the Culbertson Room. Babysitting is available in AJN Preschool Room 26 with Monica and Patti Leon. Please contact Kim Crossgrove.

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Geovanni Opera Class: Interested in knowing more? In seeing the opera? Join John and Kathy Piepgras as their home, with Bill and Kathy Evertsberg on Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. for a presentation and discussion of the opera. Bill and John will summarize the background and the story of the opera and play musical excerpts. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP to Kathy Piepgras.

Kenilworth Union Church Goes to The Opera to see Don Giovanni by the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Thursday evening, November 14. We will share dinner beforehand at One North Kitchen and Bar across the street from the Civic Opera building. The cost for dinner and the opera will be $180 per person. Please contact Kathy Evertsberg by Thursday, October 31 to reserve.

Click here for more information about Kenilworth Union Church Goes to the Opera.

One of our very own, Tom Cole is a member at Kenilworth Union Church. Currently, he is senior counsel and chair emeritus of the executive committee of Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. Tom has led seminars on corporate governance at both the University of Chicago and Harvard law schools. Tom will present Corporate Social Responsibility: Perspectives of a Christian Corporate Lawyer  in the Culbertson Room on Monday, November 4 at 7 p.m. For more information please contact the Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest.

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This new series is a practical approach to exploring one’s personal creativity and spiritual connection with God. Begin your own discovery. Please join our circle of men and women to support each other. We meet on Wednesdays, October 2—December 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room. Please RSVP to the Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest.

Click here to find more about “The Artist’s Way” with the Rev. Dr. Jo Forrest.

Women’s Faith Circle

The constant pressure to succeed, the presence of so much affluence, and the voices of doubt can drown our sense of strength. Join a new, small group of women to read and reflect how to anchor ourselves with hope during turbulent times. We will meet from 9:15–10:30 a.m. on October 3, 17, 31 and November 7 and 21 this fall. Contact the Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest for more information and to confirm your attendance.

Click here to find more about “The Artist’s Way” with the Rev. Dr. Jo Forrest.

This two-part study, each part is six-weeks, Wednesdays from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. Reservation for the study must be made to Carolyn Armstrong.

 

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Deeper Connections Series

The Deeper Connections series is unique. Don’t let the word deeper scare you. These engaging and accessible studies are for everyone who wants to deepen their understanding of God’s word and apply it more faithfully and effectively. In fact a full one-third of each study is centered on modern application of Jesus’ life and teachings.

Parables Of Jesus
We will meet  10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, SKIP 11/27, 12/4 and 12/11.

Pia Justesen’s new book From the Periphery, is full of real-life stories of disability and will release in October. All are welcome to discuss disability oppression, inclusive societies, and equality at this presentation in the Culbertson Room on Monday, October 28.

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Vaping is a growing problem with today’s youth, and many parents are at a loss to understand what it is and how to prevent their teens from partaking. In response, Kenilworth Union Church is hosting a program for adults on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. led by Andy Duran, executive director of Lake Forest-based Linking Efforts Against Drugs (LEAD). The program is free and is sponsored by the Alison Tobey Smart Memorial Fund.

Stewarding Well

This class has been canceled until further notice.

Sundays, October 20–November 3 from 9–10 a.m. in the Centennial Room.

For many of us, the word “stewardship” is code for “give money to the church,” a limiting and incomplete definition. In this three-class series, we will explore what it means to be good stewards, to build a legacy for future generations, and to enrich others and ourselves by living more generously. Throughout we will anchor ourselves in gratitude and scripture. Join stewardship educator and author Ami Campbell and George Wishart, Kenilworth Union’s stewardship committee chair, from 9–10 a.m. in the Centennial Room on three consecutive Sundays, Oct. 20, 27, and Nov. 3. Please contact George or Ami for details and to register.

For this three-part series, the Reverend Dr. Bill Evertsberg and other panelists will discuss the connections between faith and the environment, and share steps that can be taken on a local and global scale to be stewards of God’s earth, and therefore each other.

These classes are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Culbertson Room. All are welcome.

September 9: Brian Sauder, Faith in Place
September 23: Bill Evertsberg on theology of environmental stewardship
September 30: Panel discussion including scintillating and knowledgeable experts on local conservation efforts.

The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg

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Dr. Nicholas Pearce teaches business at Northwestern and serves as an associate pastor on Chicago’s South Side

Adult Education conversation with Dr. Nicholas Pearce on Monday, September 16 at 7 p.m., in the meantime please enjoy this Second City, Getting to Yes, And podcast. Kelly Leonard, the host of the show talks with Nicholas Pearce about his new book “The Purpose Path.” Kelly also gives a shout-out to Kenilworth Union and Jo Forrest at the end of the broadcast. Dr. Pearce has accepted an invitation to preach at Kenilworth Union Church at 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship on October 13. All are welcome.

 

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Women’s Bible Study

 

Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People

Bob Goff takes readers on a journey into the secret of living without fear, constraint, or worry. The path toward the liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction, and without limits. This five week study begins on Wednesday, April 10 from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. Reservation for the study must be made to Carolyn Armstrong.

“Getting to Yes, And” with Kelly Leonard

 

Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room

Kelly Leonard is a Kenilworth native and a longstanding executive with The Second City, wrote the self-help, improv-inspired book “Yes, And” in 2015. He speaks about how the principles of improv—working within an ensemble, embracing failure, and looking forward—can equip us to navigate change in our lives.

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Miracles

 

Presented by The Reverends Dr. William A. Evertsberg and Dr. Jo Forrest

A new winter class with the Reverends Bill Everstberg and Jo Forrest team-teaching a five-part series of God’s Presence and Power in the Old and New Testaments. These classes will be offered at two day time slots in the Centennial Room beginning Monday, February 4 at 7 p.m. and repeated on Wednesday, February 6 at 9:15 a.m. Please find more information and a class syllabus in Jo Forrest’s blog, God’s Power and Presence here.

Empowering Resilience

Presented by Ruth E. Field, LCSW

Please join therapist and author Ruth E. Field in learning how to build resilience and find growth in the face of grief. Field and her book, The Four Facets of Grief, teach how to find acceptance and even joy following a crisis, whether it’s the loss of a loved one, financial or relationship struggles, and all the myriad ways we are challenged. All are welcome to this interactive class, jointly sponsored by Stephen Ministry and Adult Education, on Tuesday, February 26 at 7 p.m. in the Culbertson Room.

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The Quest by Beth Moore

 

Wednesdays, January 16 through February 20
There Is No Quest Without Questions

The crooked punctuation mark at the end of a sentence speaks of curiosity, interest, and perhaps doubt. A question is an invitation to vulnerability, to intimacy. The Bible does not shy away from such an invite. Over and over we see the people of God asking questions of their creator. We also see the God of the universe asking questions of his creation.

The Quest is a challenge to accept the invitation. In this six-week excursion with Jesus, Beth Moore uses questions from scripture to lead you into intimacy with the one who knows you best. Learn to dig into the word, to respond to the questions of God, and to bring your questions before him. Let the crooked punctuation mark be the map that points you into a closer relationship with the father.

  • Learn to pray to promote intimacy with God.
  • Explore questions and responses from the Bible.
  • Track your quest by journaling along the way.
  • Learn to read and respond to scripture.

Please register with Michelle Astolfi by Friday, December 28. It will be the usual workbook, video, homework, discussion format. Generally about $20/person.

Adult Education with Phil Andrew and Dave Kelly

 

Think Again. Join us Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary to learn to respond and stand against violence. We will hear from Phil Andrew, Director of Violence Prevention for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Father Dave Kelly of the Precious Blood Ministry. The event is jointly sponsored by Kenilworth Union Church, Saint Francis Xavier Parish and Saint’s Faith, Hope and Charity Parish.

The Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest

Sanctuary & Culbertson

Event video of  “Think You’re Helpless Against Chicago’s Violence? Think Again.”
What Two Decades Walking the Bible Taught Me About Life, Land, Love, and Camels

The November 4 lecture with Bruce Feiler aims to unite the community through learning about Feiler’s decades of travel and the numerous cultures he has immersed himself in. As the writer-presenter of the PBS miniseries Walking the Bible, Feiler has an international audience, but this evening promises to be a more intimate venue. Come to Congregation Sukkat Shalom, 1001 Central Ave. in Wilmette at 7 p.m. for an evening of fellowship and enlightenment. Ahead of this main presentation, Rabbi Gordon and the Reverend Van Slyke will lead two classes at First Congregational Church of Wilmette on Feiler’s teachings. The classes will be on October 4 and 11 at 7 p.m. and interested participants for the lecture or the classes can RSVP to sukkatshalom@sukkatshalom.org.

All are invited to read along The Book of Ephesians which presents a sweeping portrait of God’s plans and purposes that is both cosmic in nature with Christ as the head of the church and deeply personal as known through baptism. Join us to read this inspiring letter in a three-session program led by Jo Forrest on Wednesdays, October 17, 24, 31, and November 7 at 9:15 a.m. in the Library. All are welcome to attend the entire series or drop in as you are able. There is no homework or reservation required. Contact Jo Forrest for additional information.

Think your teen athlete is safe from opioid abuse? Join us on Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. where church and community, teen and adult are invited to this expert forum about how sports injury can inadvertently lead to opioid abuse and how this already affects young lives on the North Shore. The event is brought by the Alison Tobey Smart Memorial Fund. Information and a list of panelists can be found here.

Event video of  “The Conversation No One Else Is Having”

Kelly Mintor, No Other Gods

Please join us on Wednesday, September 12 from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. for our eight-week Women’s Bible Study from Kelly Minter, No Other Gods. Learning how to identify the functional gods we may be unknowingly serving. Please register with Carolyn Armstrong by Tuesday, September 4. It will be the usual workbook, video, homework, discussion format. Generally about $20/person.