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Adult Education

Here at CPC we celebrate that we are on a lifelong faith journey where we are always growing and changing. God calls us to learn new things and to teach the things we know well, so we respond to this call by offering Adult Education classes and programs. Some classes run for several months while some programs are once a year. For more information about upcoming Adult Education programs at CPC, check out our Bulletins and Event page!

2023 CE-A Committee Gregg Morton, chair, Ann Hamman, secretary, Kelly Bufton, Cyndi Frost, Robin Randall, Susan Tindall, staff 

Current Adult Ed

Winter/Spring 2024

Sunday's 10:45 am

Available in-person and on Zoom

January 7, 2024

Faith and Visual Arts

At Sunday’s Adult Education class, Robin Randall will lead us in an Art Therapy Workshop.

Robin shares this quotation from Julia Cameron: “Creativity is God’s gift to us, using our creativity is our gift back to God” (The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity).

We will reflect on the power of creativity and discuss ways to channel it through many mediums. We will experiment with simple watercolors and note cards. 

January 14, 2024

As Christians, What Resolutions Should We Make Together?

What’s all the hype about New Year Resolutions? Where did the idea come from? Is making them something that Christians ought to be doing? What should they focus on?

Our Adult Education class on January 14 will look at the history of this tradition – and discuss present resolutions and their impact on the future. We will even discuss some Biblical insights on resolutions.

This class will be led by Robin Randall and Gregg Morton. Join us for what is likely to be a lively discussion!

January 21, 2024

Martin Luther King, Jr – in the Pulpit

Just about everyone knows about and has heard King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech -- and maybe snippets from others. But King also served as a church pastor for many years.  Sunday, we will explore some of King’s sermons and see how they relate to us today. This class will be led by Kelly Bufton.

January 28, 2024

Finding and Being Hope: Restorative Practices for Building Resiliance

Rev. Dr. Barbara Wilson

Resilience is the ability to thrive, adapt and cope despite tough and stressful times. Let’s learn concepts and practices that can restore and recenter us, increasing our resilience for living, mission and ministry, and community building. Rev Dr Barbara Wilson is the Associate Executive Presbyter of the Chicago Presbytery

February 11, 2024

Science vs Religion? Not an issue for the scholars 

Linda Cirillo

In this Sunday’s adult education class we will hear about the evolving creation in a way that will inspire in us Awe and Wonder. Theologians and scholars will encourage us to celebrate the ways that science can lead us to appreciate God’s handiwork. This can help us grow even stronger in our faith.

  • Sorry, no recording this week

February 18, 2024 for 6 weeks

Lenten Study

Savior: What the Bible Says About the Cross, written by Magrey R. DeVega

This book helps us to wrestle with what the Cross means to us. It explores atonement, God’s action to bring us fully into relationship with God. DeVega digs into six Bible-based theories of what atonement means. 

Session Recordings:

Week 1, 2/18/24: Substitutionary Atonement (Led by Bob Parsons)

Week 2, 2/25/24: Ransom Atonement (Led by Linda Cirillo)

Week 3, 3/3/24:   Moral Example Atonement (Led by Nancy and Wayne Pritzel)

Week 4, 3/10/24: Reconciliation Atonement (led by Gregg Morton)

Week 5, 3/17/24: Cleansing Atonement (led by Cyndi Frost)

Week 6, 3/24/24: Christus Victor Atonement (led by Ann Schenck) (sorry, only a partial recording)

April 7, 14, 21

"Being a Green Community"

April 7 – “Imagining the Future of Energy at CPC Together”

An Energy Master Plan and Visioning Session for the Year - Led by Dan Huntsha of Faith in Place. Dan will present our current energy usage and challenges, share information about GEOthermal and solar and together we’ll review a strategy for implementation and potential cost, credits and phase scheduling.

Vimeo Recording


CPC Energy Audit PPT Presentation PDF 

Resource links

CPC Energy Audit


April 14 - “Stories of Implementation”

Led by Anne Engelhardt and her Green Team from Yorkville. This church will share ideas for best practice for implementing a green plan

Vimeo Recording Part 1      Vimeo Recording Part  2

April 21 – “Sharing and Writing our GREEN CPC Story”

Let by Michele Vickery and Robin Randall. We will honor Earth Day with the planting of an Oak tree followed by conversation about our Green history, sustainable planting and habitat forming.

Vimeo Recording

Past Adult Ed 2022-23

We have an exciting Fall Sunday Morning Adult Ed Planned! Join for any or all sessions. The first sessions will be the first of two sessions focussing on worship music, then we'll explore the history of churches in Clarendon Hills, Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Illinois and housing in DuPage County. Four weeks of Advent study will start on November 26.


September 17           

Glory to God -- Design and African music  (Lorraine Brugh)

Our first two classes will delve into our hymnal, Glory to God. We’ll explore the process that the compilers used to select the hymns. Then we’ll do a deeper dive into the global selections, focusing this week on African Song. 

Our instructor is Dr. Lorraine Brugh, a colleague of our Director of Music, Christopher Cock. She is Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University. A member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the American Guild of Organists, she currently resides in Peoria, Arizona. She recently served as Artist in Residence at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Brugh is very familiar with the Glory to God hymnal, with a particular interest in the global music selections.


September 24           

Glory to God -- Pacific Rim music  (Lorraine Brugh)

More Hymns with Dr. Lorraine Brugh at Adult class this Sunday

Last week, we learned more about our hymnal, Glory to God. And we had fun working on a few of the hymns from Africa. This week, the focus will be on hymns from the Pacific Rim (Asia).

Our instructor, Dr. Lorraine Brugh, is a colleague of our Director of Music, Christopher Cock. She has lots of credentials, as you can read in last week’s announcement. What we didn’t know then is what a great teacher she is! And Pacific Rim music is her specialty.


October 1                 

Clarendon Hills Church history: CPC (Ann Hamman, Ann Schenck)


October 8                 

Clarendon Hills Church history: other churches (Jan Cummings (CHHS))

We know a lot about CPC history, but what about those other churches in Clarendon Hills? This week, Jan Cummings will talk to us about them. 

A long-time friend of Ann Hamman, Jan is the Vice President of the Clarendon Hills Historical Society. She was librarian at Notre Dame School for 30 years and wrote local news for the Doings for 16 years. She volunteers at the Notre Dame Parish food pantry and is a member of both the Clarendon Hills Woman’s Club and the Friends of the Library. A resident of Clarendon Hills for 50 years, Jan clearly has a lot of local knowledge of the Village.


October 15               

Planning a worship service (Jason Hill)

We will look at how we build a worship service that is thematic and has a coherent arc, leading you to go out into the world each week. Building from key themes, words, and imagery, we will talk about the styles of music and resources from which we find this music. In this highly interactive session, we will discuss and select all the music and spoken liturgy in a worship service. 

Our own church musician, Jason Hill, will facilitate this session on site. Jason has training and skills that we have not yet experienced, and he will be sharing some of them with us this week and next.


October 22               

Why and how our worship music matters  (Jason Hill)​


October 29                Abolition and the Underground Railroad  (Owen Muelder)

We are fortunate to be able to host a presentation on Sunday by the director of the Knox College Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Galesburg. Owen Muelder is nationally recognized as an expert on abolition and the Underground Railroad. He has written two acclaimed books on the subject: The Underground Railroad in Western Illinois  and Theodore Dwight Weld and the American Anti-slavery Society.

He will begin his presentation with brief remarks about the era in which the abolitionist movement became well organized. The second phase of his talk will discuss the Underground Railroad nationally, and then move to a discussion of the UGRR in the state of Illinois, where Galesburg was a key center of activism. He will end his remarks with a brief discussion of the movement in the Chicago area. Bring your curiosity and learn with us.


November 5             

Habitat for Humanity  (Kelly Bufton)

Our adult education class this Sunday will be led by Kelly Bufton, a CPC member and elder. Kelly is also on the Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. He will explain what Habitat for Humanity does, and how it helps deal with the shortage of affordable housing. This class is the first in a series of three, looking at the work of different agencies.

November 12           

PADS  (Marlene Ceja)

This week, Adult Ed continues its series on the housing crisis in DuPage County with a presentation by Marlene Ceja, Director of Corporate and Community Engagement for PADS. Marlene will talk about how PADS is coping with the homelessness in DuPage and the difficulties that PADS has encountered due to the COVID 19 pandemic and its aftermath; and how PADS has changed in response. Finally, she will address what you can do to help PADS going forward.

November 19           

Bridge Community

We started this series two weeks ago with a presentation about Habitat for Humanity. Last week, we learned about changes that PADS has made to meet the needs of unhoused clients. This week, we will complete the series with a presentation by Jenifer Bystry, director of community engagement of Bridge Communities. Jen will talk about Bridge’s mission to help those with housing issues to establish themselves in stable situations. Just as its name implies, Bridge works in the area between PADS and Habitat—mostly rental housing situations. Jen will also address what you can do to help Bridge going forward.



PDF Resources: 

November 26 - December 17         

Advent Study: An Unlikely Advent by Rachel Billups

Session 1,  Sunday, November 26, we will be anticipating Advent, which technically starts December 3. We will begin a study of An Unlikely Advent, written by Rachel Billups. “This Advent study focuses on the experiences of often overlooked characters in the Nativity story. Rachel Billups guides readers through the themes of hope, love, joy, and peace by sharing the stories of Elizabeth and Zechariah, Herod, the Magi, and the shepherds. Each set of unexpected characters has something to teach about living faithfully on the journey to Christmas.”

Session 2, Sunday, December 3, we will continue our study of An Unlikely Advent, written by Rachel Billups. “This Advent study focuses on the experiences of often overlooked characters in the Nativity story. Rachel Billups guides readers through the themes of hope, love, joy, and peace by sharing the stories of Elizabeth and Zechariah, Herod, the Magi, and the shepherds. Each set of unexpected characters has something to teach about living faithfully on the journey to Christmas.”

For this week, Ann Hamman will be our leader. Together, we will explore Love -- and the character of King Herod. Rachel Billups talks about “the scandalous love of God.” Imagine linking love with King Herod! She does a good job of it.

Rachel will join us via video, providing an excellent overview and a stimulus for the discussion that we will have.

Session 3, Sunday, December 17,  we will conclude our study of An Unlikely Advent, written by Rachel Billups. 

For this week, we’ll have two leaders, Linda Cirillo (magi) and Cyndi Frost (shepherds). Rachel Billups considers the magi to be “curious people” who are welcomed by God. For the shepherds, people on the fringes, God “shows up.” There is hope for ALL of us, and that’s welcome news.

Rachel will join us via video, providing an excellent overview and a stimulus for the discussion that we will have.

11/26 Leader: Robin Randall Vimeo Recording

12/3  Leader: Ann Hamman  (sorry recording is unavailable)

12/17 Leaders: Cyndi Frost and Linda Cirillo Vimeo Recording

Zoom link available from the office.

Up-to-date Adult Ed information can be found on the EVENT page

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