Academy for Faith and Life

The Academy for Faith and Life provides 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. All persons are welcome to participate in Academy courses, and all meeting rooms are wheelchair accessible.

View the Academy for Faith and Life calendar here.


Early Christian Worship
The Righteous Mind
Theology of Culture

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Early Christian Worship
      with Carol Korak

Sundays, April 2, 9, 23, and 30 (4 weeks)
9:30 a.m. in Room 5F

If you were to travel back in time to a church, you might find yourself in familiar territory. This is because much of what we say and do in worship has been handed down to us. Our order of worship and even our architecture is shaped by early Christianity.

This four-week course will explore the intersection of prayer, belief, and praxis in the development of early Christian liturgy.

Week 1: Symbolism in the Procession of the Faithful
              and Church Architecture
Week 2: The Eucharistic Liturgy
Week 3: Prayer and Belief: God as Trinity
Week 4: Origins of Christian Baptism

Carol Korak is an adjunct professor of historical theology and church history at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She received a M.T.S. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where she is a Ph.D candidate. Her current work centers on the concepts of “divinization”—the goal of the Christian life found in the writings of Augustine of Hippo and Maximus the Confessor.

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The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
      with Nanette Sawyer

Sundays, May 7–21 (3 weeks)
9:30 a.m. in Room 5F

Nanette Sawyer reprises her book group from Fall 2016 with a three-week series exploring how we communicate morally and politically. Jonathan Haidt’s work provides an intensely thorough backdrop from which to ponder questions of communicating through reason versus communicating for influence. Join us to explore further how this might be affecting Fourth Church, our individual faith, and our collective faith.

Nanette Sawyer is Minister for Congregational Life at Fourth Presbyterian Church. An ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church (USA), she serves as a representative on the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches USA.

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Theology of Culture, Discipleship, and the Secular Creed
     with Michael Kazanjian

Sundays, May 7–21 (3 weeks)
11:00 a.m. in Room 5F

Scripture says God created the world and it was good. This class will explore “theology of culture.” Theology of culture is a new term for scriptural truths on discipleship, in which disciples share a “secular creed” with atheists and others. For disciples, the creed derives secular wholes from holiness as disciples protect the environment, heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, affirm and expand the priesthood of believers to workers and nonbelievers, unify mind and body, prevent or solve problems, and keep the sabbath. We analyze discipline, asceticism, yoga, anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays. This aims to unify the world.

Michael Kazanjian holds a B.A. and M.A .in philosophy and has continued graduate work for his Ph.D. Currently Michael is a philosophy instructor at
Triton College, where his teaching has included ethics, world religion, and introduction to philosophy. He has authored two books,
Phenomenology and Education and Learning Values Lifelong, and thirty papers and conference presentations in philosophy, sociology, and political science.



Academy Newsletter

To receive periodic email updates from the Academy for Faith and Life, send email addresses to academy@fourthchurch.org.

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Staff and Contact Information

Staff
    Shawn Fiedler
    Worship and Adult Education Coordinator
    312.573.3367
    sfiedler@fourthchurch.org

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

—please contact the Academy office at academy@fourthchurch.org

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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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