Small Groups and Classes for Adults

At FCC, adults continue to meet in their small groups and classes via Zoom.  We encourage everyone to join at least one small group or class.  There are a variety of times and kinds of group—from Bible studies to short film-based devotionals to topical discussion groups—so there should be something for everyone! You can find a complete list of our fall classes and small groups below or you can download a pdf listing HERE.

It’s Time to Join a Small Group or Class at FCC!

Contact the group leaders or sarahlynne@fccbloomington.org for Zoom  links

 

FCC's Summer Forum on Pro-Reconciliation and Anti-Racism

Weekly Opportunities on Sundays

Sunday Meditation Group (spiritual practice)

This group practices silent meditation to cultivate peace and joy. Each session includes discussion of readings from teachers such as Thich Nhat Hahn, Richard Rohr, and others. No previous experience in mediation practice is required. Meets at 8:15 a.m. on Sundays via Zoom.

Leader: Tom Walsh

Faith, Friends & Films (discussion, spiritual practice)

When this group gathers, film sets the tone for diving deep into our shared faith journey. The dialogue begins with brief and engaging videos featuring modern theologians. Some weeks the group learns about or engages in a spiritual discipline and practices it together. Join us in sharing the discoveries and challenges that arise as we more deeply connect with God, self, and others. We meet Sundays at 11:15 a.m. via Zoom.

Leaders: Lisa Autry, Amy Hoover, and Sharon Robinson

Campbellite Class (study, discussion)

This group is for people who want to think about how to live their faith in a time of world-wide change.  We read a current article about a religious or moral issue, and then discuss how it bears on our faith.  We don’t always agree with each other—or with the chosen article—but the search for how to live faithfully keeps us trying. We invite you to join us Sundays at 11:15 a.m. via Zoom.

Leaders: Jane Watkins, Joe Lee

The Sharing Table (discussion)

Join this lively, unstructured dialogue as participants review the morning sermon  and discuss various meditational writings through the lens of a personal relationship with the sacred.Conversation begins on Sundays at 11:15 a.m. in the sanctuary on the main level.

Leader: Thomas Thompson

Say to This Mountain study on Mark’s Gospel (book and bible study)

Say to this Mountain is a bible study on the Gospel of Mark, authored by an ecumenical team that is committed to the work of justice and peace, the renewal of the church, and to Christian discipleship. The study will help us understand how this gospel intersects with our own life stories and the broader story of the times in which we live. We invite you to join us on Sundays at 11:15 a.m.  via Zoom or in-person.

Leader: Brett Gershon

Bloomington Bible Study (college age study, discussion)

This group consists of young adults who are college-aged, but you do not need to be in college to attend. Everyone 18-30 is welcome! FCC’s college ministry focused on studying with the Bible. This means that students were encouraged to bring homework to do while we discussed our weekly theme and how it relates to our faith journeys. Join us on Sundays at 1:00 pm in person.

Leader: Haley Norris

Groups Meeting Weekly

Contact the group leaders or sarahlynne@fccbloomington.org for Zoom  links

 

Understanding Progressive Christianity (book study, video, and discussion)

What does Christianity have to offer an increasingly secular world? How has “religion” distorted Jesus’ message? This is a 24-week class (fall and spring) in which participants can learn about and grow in a progressive, Christian faith that is free from dogma and rooted in hope for a full and abundant life in this world. We will engage readings and videos from scholars such as Bart Ehrman, Diana Butler Bass, and Marcus Borg. Join us on Mondays beginning Sept. 13 at 6:30-8:00 p.m in-person and via Zoom.

Leader: David Garshaw

Racial Trauma Healing with My Grandmother’s Hands (body practice, journaling, and reflection)

More than a book study, this group will set aside time during their week to read and engage in the some body practices and soul journaling prompts from somatic therapist Resmaa Menakem’s best-selling book My Grandmother’s Hands. The group will meet for guided body practices and to reflect on their experiences, challenges and questions. 2x a month on Mondays 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Leaders: Erin Kelley, Sarah Lynne Gershon

Pastor’s Fall Lectionary Study (bible study)

This study will follow the Lectionary readings assigned for each Sunday.  This fall the lectionary is based on the gospel of Mark, so we will focus on the gospel text and connect it with readings from Psalms, Proverbs, James, and Hebrews.  The study will include time to reflect on each week’s sermon. Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

Leaders: Pastor Will Jewsbury

Groups Meeting Monthly

Contact the group leaders or sarahlynne@fccbloomington.org for Zoom  links.

Book Bunch (for women)

This fun group of readers gathers every five weeks to discuss books from a variety of genres. We typically meet on a Thursday at 4:00 pm via Zoom. A booklist with meeting dates and locations is available in the church office and online.

Leader: Betsy Watson

Voices of Faith

Voices of Faith

A network of Disciples Women, Voices of Faith strives to dialogue, educate, and advocate as we do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. All are welcome to join us as we support Beacon shelters, supplies to MCUM and Opportunity House, voter registration with League of Women Voters, assist efforts at Bread of Life, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Middle Way House and Noah’s Ark.  We are not currently meeting on a regular basis but are alert to the concerns of our community and will mobilize as needed. .

Contact Sue Fettchenhauer, Sandra Bate or Judith Olmstead for more information.

Roger L. Heimer Book Group (for men)

Big thoughts and open minds meet in FCC’s book group for men. The current booklist is available in the church office. Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Fireside Study.