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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The January Series:
“Fifteen Days of Free Liberal Arts Education”
Offered through Calvin College

   January 727, weekdays
   11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. in the Page Smith Room

“iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives.” “CEO of the City.” “Discovering God’s Majesty in the Minuscule.” “Storytelling and the Arc of Transformation.”

All these and more are topics that will be discussed by fifteen speakers as part of the January Series at Calvin College. Opportunity to experience the “fifteen days of free liberal arts education” will be offered through a live video feed presented at Fourth Church January 727 at 11:30 a.m. each weekday in the Page Smith Room.

A complete schedule of speakers is available online here. A downloadable PDF schedule is available here.

We hope you’ll join us for one—or more—of these enriching conversations! 

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Other Opportunities

Mindful Parenting
   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

Sunday, 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
   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” 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

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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