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.

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The Righteous Mind
Theology of Culture

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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.

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Staff and Contact Information

    Shawn Fiedler
    Worship and Adult Education Coordinator

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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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