Academy for Faith and Life

The Academy for Faith and Lifeprovides short-term and ongoing adult education for the members and friends of Fourth Presbyterian Church and for the larger community. Its mission is to draw participants into the many realms of God’s activity, emphasizing the intersection of faith and life.

Below is a listing of the opportunities you can look forward to this fall. These offerings give you a range of options that will help you engage the important questions of faith in your life and the opportunity to gather with others on their journey of faith.

This fall we will observe the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation through a variety of courses. We will explore our deep Reformed heritage and discern what challenges and excitement will greet us in this new era of Christian faith.

Come with your questions and curiosities, your confidence and your doubt. Come whether you are steeped in knowledge or new to your Christian journey. Come and explore this wild and wonderful life of faith!

Celebrating the Reformation

Reformed and Always Reforming: Doing Church Differently
Sundays, December 3–17 at 11:00 a.m.


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Reformed and Always Reforming:
        Doing Church Differently

Sundays, December 3–17 (3 weeks)
11:00 a.m. in Room 5D

Led by Abbi Heimach-Snipes

As Presbyterians, we take pride in being “Reformed and Always Reforming,” but how is our beloved church reforming today?

In this three-part series, we will discuss why the church needs to keep reforming, share examples of how churches are “doing church differently” today, and engage in dialogue on what we think and feel about the changing church. We’ll even get to try out a “new” form of Bible study that involves Beyoncé (yes, Beyoncé).

Whether you have ideas for the reforming church or are scared to death
of it, we hope you join us in this three-part series!

Abbi Heimach-Snipes is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and serves as Pastoral Resident at Fourth Church, where she is involved in many aspects of congregational life at Fourth Church, including leadership at Jazz at Four worship (Sundays at 4:00 p.m.) and ministry with young adults. She comes to us with experience working in the Young Adult Catalyst office at the Presbyterian Church (USA) headquarters and at Chicago-based church plant Urban Village Church.

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Academy Newsletter

To receive periodic email updates from the Academy for Faith and Life, send email addresses to

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Staff and Contact Information

    Shawn Fiedler
    Worship and Adult Education Coordinator

Contact Information
   • general questions or requests for information,
   • requests for class tapes,
   • evaluative comments,
   • suggestions for courses and speakers

—please contact the Academy office at

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Child Care

On Sunday mornings: Childcare for infants up to age two is available in the Nursery from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sunday School classes for all other children are offered at both 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. from September through May. For information about Sunday School and children’s and family programs, contact Matt Helms at 312.573.3362.

On weekdays
: To arrange childcare for weekday courses or events, contact Matt Helms (312.573.3362) at least one week prior to the event.

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View the Academy for Faith and Life calendar here.