Wellington offers several adult education classes throughout the year, aimed at linking our faith journeys and personal commitments to social justice with God’s call for justice that we hear in our scriptures and religious traditions. Classes usually are short-term, held during one evening a week over a few weeks, and include in-class and online portions to invite participation for a variety of learning styles. Classes include:
Lenten Study: Lenten studies are held for five weeks during the Lenten season, starting the week after Ash Wednesday and ending the week before Holy Week. Studies tend to link aspects of our theological and faith journeys to social justice issues in the world. Past studies have included book studies of Susan Thistlethwaite’s #OccupytheBible, Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and Mark Lewis Taylor’s The Executed God. This year’s Lenten Study, “Who Do You Say I Am?: Speaking Our Faith in a 21st-Century World” creates a space for Wellilngton members and guests to discuss together their understandings and questions about their faith, and how to speak confidently about what they hear God calling them to do in this world. The study will be 6 p.m. Wednesday nights during Lent (March 12, 19, 26, and April 2 and 9), beginning with dinner in the downstairs fellowship hall, with the study following at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. You can also follow the study online here.
Loop Study: Join Wellington members, friends and guests who work in Chicago’s downtown Loop area for a monthly study, guided by the Living the Questions DVD series. The Loop Study happens at 12 p.m. (usually) on the first Thursday of the month at the downtown DePaul University campus, 55 E. Jackson Blvd., in Suite 850. Bring a brown-bag lunch and a friend for a workday hour of reflection and study! Come join us in the sanctuary for the video and discussion! Email Yuki Schwartz for more information, or to get a copy of the discussion guide for each episode in the series.
Queer Theology Study: For the past two years, Wellington members have studied queer theology, or theology done from the perspectives of LGBTQIA persons, in June in preparation for Pride Week in Chicago. Past studies have included a book study of Patrick Cheng’s Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology, and a study on sacred sexuality.
Retreat: Each year Wellington members and guests are invited to participate in an annual retreat at Tower Hill Camp, near Sawyer, Mich. In addition to worship, art projects for kids and adults, beach activities and fellowship, participants also take part in a morning of interactive learning, focused on different aspects of our faith commitments. Past retreat studies have included focusing on the power of prayer in social justice movements and our faith lives, and examining radical hospitality in our community and tradition.