ThirtiesForties is a fellowship group of individuals in their 30s and 40s joined together in faith, fellowship, and service.

Our friendships enrich our spirit. The Holy Spirit guides our exploration of the Word and leads us to serve the community and each other.

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Theology on Tap: A Series | Oak Street Beach Cleanup
Asking Big Questions in Good Company: A Series
Share Your Joys and Concerns | Steering Committee

Theology on Tap
   A Series for People in Their Thirties and Forties

   Next meeting: TBA
   5:30 p.m.; meet at O'Brien's (1528 N. Wells)

Join ThirtiesForties this summer for Theology on Tap (ToT), a series of informal gatherings for people interested in discussing theology and religion in a relaxed, low-key setting. Participants will learn, discern, and converse about Christian faith and culture.

This summer's ToT series will focus on God as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

Come and enjoy fun, fellowship, and good conversation! All those in their thirties and forties are invited to attend as their schedule allows.

Discussion Leader
Scott R. Paeth is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He works in the fields of Christian social ethics and public theology.

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Oak Street Beach Cleanup

   Saturday, September 19
   9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
   Oak Street Beach

The Care of Creation Committee is hosting a cleanup at Oak Street Beach in conjunction with the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Ocean Conservancy’s International Cleanup. This is a great opportunity to get outside and care for our lake in fellowship with Fourth Presbyterian Church members. Please consider bringing a bucket or plastic bag from home to reduce the event’s environmental footprint. 

Register online here or contact Alison Blaser (773.426.5591) for more information about this event.

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Asking Big Questions in Good Company
   A Series for People in Their Thirties and Forties

   Second Sunday of the month
   Time TBD

Led by local religious scholars, “Asking Big Questions in Good Company” uses a theological ethical lens to bring into focus topics for each monthly conversation with fellow Christians. Together we will be exploring such topics as: What is power, and how should it be properly exercised? How should we think about the ancient concept of wisdom in our contemporary fast-paced world? 

Join us as we wrestle with these and other topics in the light of faith and Christian practice.


   October 11, 2015
   Led by Scott Paeth

   November 8, 2015
   Led by Adrian Guiu

   December 13, 2015
   Led by Curtis Evans

   January 10, 2016
   Calling or Vocation
   Led by Laura Sterkel

   February 14, 2016
   Led by Scott Paeth

   March 13, 2016
   Guilt / Shame / Forgiveness
   Led by Adrian Guiu

   April 10, 2016
   Led by Curtis Evans

   May 8, 2016
   Spring Party

Discussion Leaders
Curtis J. Evans is Associate Professor of American Religions and the History of Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He teaches courses on modern American religion, race and religion in the U.S., and religion and social change.

Adrian Guiu teaches ethics, philosophy, and comparative religions at Wright College in Chicago. He also has a Ph.D. in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago.

Scott R. Paeth is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He works in the fields of Christian social ethics and public theology.

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Share Your Joys and Concerns

As “a community of friends joined together in fellowship by our faith in and service to our Lord Jesus Christ,” ThirtiesForties seeks to support members of this fellowship group through prayer and love. If you have a joy to share or would like to hold up a particular concern in prayer, please send an email to Sarah, and we’ll include your request in the next newsletter.

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Steering Committee Contact Information

Deborah Zak - Chair

Susan Gann - Co-chair

Jenny Beck

Carol Carpenter

Vincent Geckler

Erich Kirr

Marcella McGuinn

Jeff Neaves

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For more information about ThirtiesForties, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

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