Adult Education at Northminster
Adult Education electives are offered on most Sundays at 11 a.m. Topics range from members sharing their faith stories to discussions on business ethics. Electives are also offered on most Thursday nights, with occasional offerings on other weeknights. Special events such as a Spirituality Series or Parenting Seminars are offered each year. All are welcome. Childcare is available for all Sunday sessions, as well as most weekday sessions.
Northminster's Thursday night program, "ToGather," offers members of all ages an opportunity to gather for fellowship, worship, and Christian education. Our ToGather schedule varies somewhat over the course of the year, but generally dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and adult education programming begins at 7:30 p.m. ToGather runs from September to early May.
October 28th – Spiritual Blueprint – Dr. Jim Papandrea – 11:15 AM
The Spiritual Blueprint is a blueprint for building your five "homes" - the five areas of life that we all need to build up in order to have a peaceful and fulfilling life in relationship with God and neighbor. The five homes are: a home for your hands (occupation); a home for your mind (hobbies and passions); a home for your body (your household); a home for your heart (relationships); and a home for your spirit (your faith community). Based on his book Spiritual Blueprint: How We Live, Work, Love, Play and Pray, Dr. Jim Papandrea will talk about the five homes and the rhythms of life that give us peace in the present and hope for the future.
Adult Ed will take a one-week hiatus to accommodate the Mission Fair in Logan Hall. Please attend!
November 11th – Spirituality & Your Brain - Dr. David Hogue – 11:15 AM
Join Dr. David Hogue, Professor of Pastoral Care & Counseling at Garrett-Evangelical, in an exploration of neuroscience and spiritual development. In his own words, Dr. Hogue continues to be excited by the rich resources of the Christian tradition and the unfolding contributions of the social and biological sciences. Dr. Hogue has written extensively about ritual studies and the neurosciences, which provide pastoral theology with unique insights into human nature. He believes that these insights lead us into experiences of healing, as well as deepening our understanding of the nature of God. In addition to teaching and continuing research, Dr. Hogue serves on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry for the Presbytery of Chicago.
November 18th – Music & Spirituality - Dr. Christopher Owen – 11:15 AM
Join our Director of Music, Dr. Christopher Owen, as he explores music and spirituality. Christopher’s presentation will be inspired by the ways in which music theory choices and compositional devices can contribute to the spirituality of music. After completing his doctorate at the University of Minnesota in 2011, Christopher served as the Interim Associate Director of Choral Activities at that university for one year. Before that, he had taught high school choral music and directed numerous choirs. We hope you can join us to learn more about spirituality through music!