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, further described in the explanation of the Academy seal (see below), 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.

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Class starting Sunday, November 9
A Look into Psychology and Faith

Other Opportunities
Enriching Relationships
Mindful Parenting
Faith in Focus:
   A Series for People in their Thirties and Forties

Academy Events

A Look into Psychology and Faith
Sundays, November 9–23 (3 weeks)
11:00 a.m. in Room 5G
Led by Tom Schemper,
   Director of the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being,

and Elinor Hite, Human Resources Consultant and Executive Coach

The relationship between psychology and faith is both compelling and mysterious. Why and when does faith come more readily to some and not to others? How much of a role does our family of origin occupy? At various points we move through life with unassailable hope and grace and yet often lament as those who can’t quite hold onto grace.

Join us for three Sundays as we begin to discuss what contributes to a vibrancy of faith; look at how change, ego, and emotion intersect with our relationship with God; and look at how we can get in the way of our own spiritual growth. Elam Davies, Pastor at Fourth Church from 1961 to 1984, was often heard to say, “Faith is a fact, not a feeling. Or is it both? Human beings are not static creatures and, thus, so very complicated.”

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Other Opportunities

Mindful Parenting
Sundays, December 7
9:30 a.m. in Room 4G
Led by Sue Schemper, M.Ed., Spiritual Director and Educator

This is a monthly series centered on mindful, creative, and effective parenting. Participants will explore a variety of topics, such as

  • reducing stress in the home
  • discipline techniques that develop responsibility
  • creating a family culture that supports each member in developingtheir full potential
  • how to communicate effectively with schools and teachers
  • what to do when you believe intervention is needed with your child

More information is available on the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being web page.

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Enriching Relationships

Fourth Sunday of the month
(except in November)
December 28
9:30 a.m. in Room 4G
Led by Rachael L. Miller, M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C.,
   of the Repogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being

This series is for partners and spouses who want to take time together to grow and deepen their relationship. Classes will cover key topics, offer practical tools, and be directly applicable to everyday life as a couple. More information is available online here.

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Faith in Focus:
   A Series for People in their Thirties and Forties
Second Sunday of the month
(First Sunday in December)
December 7, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10
11:00 a.m. in Room 5F

Led by local religious scholars, “Faith in Focus” will use a theological-ethical lens to bring into focus different topics for each monthly conversation. We will explore multiple religious traditions from ancient to modern times. Large- and small-group formats will help foster a dynamic and thoughtful exchange.

More information is available on the ThirtiesForties web page.

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Registration for Academy Classes

Please help us in our planning by preregistering for classes. You can register by

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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

Ryan Loeckel, Coordinator Adult Education and Worship (312.640.2570)

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 (312.640.2570).

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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. 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 Liz Nickerson (312.787.2729) at least one week prior to the event.

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