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.

Spring 2015 Classes
The Politics of Revelation

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“The Politics of Revelation”

     Sundays, May 3–31 (4 weeks)
     Please note that there will be no class on Sunday, May 24
     11:00 a.m.
     Room 5D of the Gratz Center
     Led by Clare Rothschild

Dystopian and post-apocalyptical subject matter are on trend in popular culture, yet of all the books of the New Testament, Revelation seems most controversial and enigmatic—even off-putting.

Up for a good challenge? Join us as we dig into this ancient and still influential Christian text. We’ll “decode” Revelation and explore the background of Christian texts in Jewish apocalypses, examining the politics and context of Christian apocalyptic texts and several modern expressions of apocalypticism—the “apocalypse now” aspect of the class series. With perspectives developed with reference to the ancient materials, we can engage more clearly and critically about the relevance of various manifestations of apocalypticism today.

Clare Rothschild, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Scripture Studies at Lewis University and an esteemed New Testament scholar and teacher. Her expert insight, energy, and enthusiasm promise a lively adventure.

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Other Opportunities

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Faith in Focus:
   A Series for People in their Thirties and Forties
   Second Sunday of the month
   11:00 a.m. in Room 5F

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

Mark Eldred, Coordinator for Worship and Adult Education (312.573.3367)

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 Matt Helms (312.573.3362) at least one week prior to the event.

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