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


Academy Events

Please check back soon for details about our next event.

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Other Opportunities

Mindful Parenting
Sunday, 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

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
(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 academy@fourthchurch.org.

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Staff and Contact Information

Staff
Ryan Loeckel, Coordinator Adult Education and Worship (312.640.2570)

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 (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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