Adult Education

Speaking Out, Stepping Up, Risking All

Amy DeLong

The Journey to Authentic Living

A seminar featuring the Rev. Amy DeLong, a champion fighting for the rights of gay clergy within the United Methodist Church.

Amy DeLong retained her orders after being doubly charged and tried by The United Methodist Church, she will lead a seminar at First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove from Friday, February 24 through Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Register online here using the form below or get a check to the church (made out to First UMC; note DeLong seminar.) Cost: $25.00 per person whether you come Friday only or Friday and Saturday (includes lunch.) Reservations must be received no later than February 23 to receive lunch on Saturday.

Friday, February 24

7:00-9:00pmPeter, Paul and Dr. Suess: Moving Toward Inclusiveness
We’ll have fun with Dr. Suess, look at Paul and Peter to better understand the Christian trajectory toward openness, and see critical moments in Christian history when decisions were made for inclusiveness.

Saturday, February 25

9:00am-12:00pmTruth-telling and Authentic Living: Amy's Story
We'll look at the UMC position about GLBTs, their struggle to be included in the United Methodist Church and hear DeLong's stories of ministry in the church and experiencing a church trial.
NoonLunch
1:00-3:00pmFinding Your Voice: Witnessing to Love
DeLong will look with us at the realities of fear and risk, help us draw inspiration from the prophets and saints, and encourage us to become theologians in order to share new visions of justice and love.

Sunday, February 26

8:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Rev. DeLong will preach at all three worship services.

Location: 
First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove
Date: 
Friday, February 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

Wednesday Evening Conversations

In God's TimeIn God's Time - The Bible and the Future

Ten Video Lessons by Dr. Craig C. Hill - Discussions led by Pastor Jim beginning Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Enormous confusion exists today concerning the Bible's teaching about the future. The In God's Time course offers an alternative to sensationalist perspectives, an alternative that is at once faithful and sane, readable and scholarly. Dr. Hill encourages Christians both to take seriously and to think sensibly about God's ultimate victory.

Information on the Author

Craig C. Hill is Professor of New Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C., and Director of the Wesley Ministry Network. Hill holds a doctorate in New Testament History from Oxford University and served as a Henry R. Luce Fellow at Yale University and as a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 6:30pm

Wednesday Evening Conversations

Devotion to Jesus

The DaVinci Code is only the most successful in a long line of books containing revisionist accounts of Christian origins. In fact, the true story is much more amazing, as Professor Hurtado,one of the world's leading New Testament historians, demonstrates in this important new course.

Devotion to Jesus

An eight-session study on the subject of "Jesus Devotion" in earliest Christianity. For us this will be more like 12-16 sessions as we break materials down to fit our Wednesday evening one hour time slot. Course materials are adaptable to different class lengths. For example, each lesson can easily be split in two to accommodate shorter sessions, such as a 45-minute class.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 6:30pm

Wednesday Morning Conversations

DustPastor Jim McDonald is leading a series of discussions based on Rob Bell's Nooma videos on Wednesday mornings at 10am.

NOOMA is a series of short films that are designed to provoke us into a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus. Each one covers a different subject, but all are relevant to our daily lives and help us to understand ourselves and our relation to God. 

All are welcome to come and join in this informal exploration of our faith.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 10:00am

Wednesday Evening Conversations

Devotion to Jesus

The DaVinci Code is only the most successful in a long line of books containing revisionist accounts of Christian origins. In fact, the true story is much more amazing, as Professor Hurtado,one of the world's leading New Testament historians, demonstrates in this important new course.

Devotion to Jesus

An eight-session study on the subject of "Jesus Devotion" in earliest Christianity. For us this will be more like 12-16 sessions as we break materials down to fit our Wednesday evening one hour time slot. Course materials are adaptable to different class lengths. For example, each lesson can easily be split in two to accommodate shorter sessions, such as a 45-minute class.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 6:30pm

Wednesday Evening Conversations

Devotion to Jesus

The DaVinci Code is only the most successful in a long line of books containing revisionist accounts of Christian origins. In fact, the true story is much more amazing, as Professor Hurtado,one of the world's leading New Testament historians, demonstrates in this important new course.

Devotion to Jesus

An eight-session study on the subject of "Jesus Devotion" in earliest Christianity. For us this will be more like 12-16 sessions as we break materials down to fit our Wednesday evening one hour time slot. Course materials are adaptable to different class lengths. For example, each lesson can easily be split in two to accommodate shorter sessions, such as a 45-minute class.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 6:30pm

Wednesday Evening Conversations

Devotion to Jesus

The DaVinci Code is only the most successful in a long line of books containing revisionist accounts of Christian origins. In fact, the true story is much more amazing, as Professor Hurtado,one of the world's leading New Testament historians, demonstrates in this important new course.

Devotion to Jesus

An eight-session study on the subject of "Jesus Devotion" in earliest Christianity. For us this will be more like 12-16 sessions as we break materials down to fit our Wednesday evening one hour time slot. Course materials are adaptable to different class lengths. For example, each lesson can easily be split in two to accommodate shorter sessions, such as a 45-minute class.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 6:30pm

Wednesday Evening Conversations

Devotion to Jesus

The DaVinci Code is only the most successful in a long line of books containing revisionist accounts of Christian origins. In fact, the true story is much more amazing, as Professor Hurtado,one of the world's leading New Testament historians, demonstrates in this important new course.

Devotion to Jesus

An eight-session study on the subject of "Jesus Devotion" in earliest Christianity. For us this will be more like 12-16 sessions as we break materials down to fit our Wednesday evening one hour time slot. Course materials are adaptable to different class lengths. For example, each lesson can easily be split in two to accommodate shorter sessions, such as a 45-minute class.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 6:30pm

Wednesday Morning Conversations

DustPastor Jim McDonald is leading a series of discussions based on Rob Bell's Nooma videos on Wednesday mornings at 10am.

NOOMA is a series of short films that are designed to provoke us into a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus. Each one covers a different subject, but all are relevant to our daily lives and help us to understand ourselves and our relation to God. 

All are welcome to come and join in this informal exploration of our faith.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:00am

Wednesday Morning Conversations

DustPastor Jim McDonald is leading a series of discussions based on Rob Bell's Nooma videos on Wednesday mornings at 10am.

NOOMA is a series of short films that are designed to provoke us into a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus. Each one covers a different subject, but all are relevant to our daily lives and help us to understand ourselves and our relation to God. 

All are welcome to come and join in this informal exploration of our faith.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 10:00am

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