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 Facebook page!

2022 CE-A Committee Gregg Morton, chair, Ann Hamman, secretary, Kelly Bufton, Cyndi Frost, Robin Randall, Susan Tindall, staff 

Current Adult Ed:

Sunday Morning Adult Ed

Rabbi Steven Bob

beginning Sunday, September 18  10:45am for 6 sessions (no class 10/3)

Hybrid: Onsite, Chapel; Online, Zoom

(Zoom link can be found in todays bulletin)

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Rabbi Steven Bob, rabbi emeritus at Congregation Etz Chaim, will be joining us again for a series of six classes on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah beginning this Sunday at 10:45 in the Chapel (also on Zoom).

Rabbi Bob, currently teaching at Wheaton College and Elmhurst University led a fascinating course on Jonah last year and we are sure to get another stellar performance, enlightening us on how Jews interpret the Bible. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah describe a dynamic period in the formation of the Bible. During the first decades following the return from Babylonian exile new rituals and new texts emerge.


We will look closely at key verses from Ezra and Nehemiah which provide the foundation for Judaism and Christianity. We can count on Rabbi Bob to present this material in his enthusiastic and engaging manner.

Lesson 1:  PDF of Ezra and Nehemiah Texts overview

                  Video Recording on Vimeo

Lesson 2: PDF of Ezra/Nehemiah Texts for Lesson Two

Presbyterian Women Bible Study Circles
Horizon's Bible Study: "Celebrating Sabbath"


Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight

By Carol M. Bechtel

Suggestions for Leaders by Laura Mariko Cheifetz

Welcome to the 2022–2023 Presbyterian Women/Horizons Bible study, Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight.

In the nine lessons of this Bible study—with passages from Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Matthew, Luke, and Acts—we’ll consider Sabbath

  • as a celebration, not a day of dreary formality

  • as God’s intent for all of creation that includes busy women too

  • as one day of the week, perhaps a Sunday

  • as a time to surrender unhealthy striving and frantic busyness, and instead trust that God will provide

  • as a reminder that life is precious and working too much is against God’s plans for our precious lives

  • as a day devoted to community and justice and not exclusively to self-care.

Ultimately, Sabbath reminds us to honor God who honors us by giving us a day each week to reset our pace, our priorities, and our lives.

All women of the CPC community are invited to participate in the Presbyterian Women’s Bible study for 2022-23. CPC has three groups that meet monthly for study and fellowship, generally on the fourth Tuesday, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one at night.

And if you have been thinking of joining a Circle, this is a perfect time to do so. Call Donna G or Linda C to get started and to order your copy of "Celebrating Sabbath"!

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Past Adult Ed Resources 2021-22

Psalm 137 with Brent Strawn

Sunday Jan 9 and 16, 2022

Session 1: January 9

Adult Ed classes will resume on Sunday, January 9 at 10:45 am. ​​Join us as we listen to Brent Strawn via video take head on a difficult text of the Old Testament: Psalm 137. We will watch the video and then grapple with this text together. Brent A. Strawn is Professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School and Professor of Law at Duke University.

January 9 Recording

Session 2: January 16 (Note time change 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Zoom only this week. No in person gathering)

Rev. Dr. Brent Strawn will focus on problems with using Narrative as a foundation for our receiving, understanding, and interpreting Scripture. We will watch The Bible as Narrative (Part I) and discuss his interpretation together.

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Sunday Morning Adult Ed

Joseph Standing Bear Schranz

February 27 and April 24

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Joseph Standing Bear Schranz will be providing an introduction to Native History, including spirituality as well as the history of his foundation, S.O.A.R.R.I.N.G. (Save Our Ancestors Remains and Resources Indigenous Network Group).


Joseph Standing Bear Schranz is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Ojibwe Tribe. He is also the founder and President of the Midwest S.O.A.R.R.I.N.G. Foundation (Save Our Ancestors Remains and Resources Indigenous Network Group). The group, headquartered here in Illinois, was founded in 1996.

April 24 Recording is available HERE

Sundays, October 10, 17, 24

Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich

Sunday's October 31, November 7, 14, 21 

Rabbi Steven Bob

10:45-11:45 am

"Evolution of Jewish Scriptural Practice"


Adult Education is proud to offer a seven-week class on THE EVOLUTION OF JEWISH SCRIPTURAL INTERPRETATION, taught by two eminent scholars.  Classes will be Sunday mornings, after worship and will be one hour long with plenty of opportunity for discussion, questions and interaction.  Classes will be offered in a hybrid format so those wishing to avoid group gatherings may still participate.

Oct. 10, 17 and 24  Professor Malka Z. Simkovich, Catholic Theological Union


Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and the director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at CTU. She is the author of The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria (2016), and Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism (2018), which received the 2019 AJL Judaica Reference Honor Award. Simkovich’s articles have been published in journals such as the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, as well as on online forums such as The Lehrhaus,, and the Times of Israel. She is involved in numerous local and international interreligious dialogue projects which help to increase understanding and friendship between Christians and Jews.


Class 1, October 10:

History of the Second Temple period; the making of a canon; broad strokes re: how biblical interpretations begin to take shape

Handout Class 1: History of Second Temple Period

Class 1 Recording


Class 2 October 17:

The focus of the second session will be on the history of the Second Temple period and also discuss the view of the Jewish religion by the Greeks and Romans of this time period.

Biblical Interpretation in Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls)

       Primary Texts: Genesis Apocryphon, Pesher documents, Jubilees

Biblical Interpretation in Alexandria 

       Primary Texts:  Joseph and Aseneth

Biblical Interpretation in non-sectarian Judea

       Primary Texts: Greek Esther

Handout Class 2: Biblical Interpretation

Class 2 Recording


Class 3 October 24: 

The World of Rabbinic Midrash

       What is Midrash?

       Primary Texts: Midrashic stories about Abraham; Midrashic stories about Daniel 

Handout Class 3: Rabbinic Midrash

Class 3 Recording


Dr. Malka Simkovich

Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14 and 21  Rabbi Steven Bob


Rabbi Steven M. Bob served as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard for 35 years. Rabbi Bob has been very involved in a broad range of interfaith activities. Currently, he teaches at Wheaton College and Elmhurst University. He is the author of two books: “Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives,” (JPS 2016) and “Go to Nineveh” (Wimpf and Stock 2013). He is currently writing a new book on Ezra/Nehemiah.


Jews never read the Biblical text by itself. We always turn to the commentaries to help study the text. Over the four weeks, we will explore how five major figures: Rashi, Abraham Ibn Ezra, David Kimchi, Isaac Abarbanel and Malbim, interpret the biblical text. The earliest Rashi lived in the 11th  century. Malbim the latest lived in the 19th century. We will look at examples of their efforts to explain the Book of Jonah. We will see that they uncover hidden meanings in the text. Until a few years ago these commentaries only existed in the original Hebrew

October 31 Reading Material: Who am I?

October 31 Class Recording

November 7 Reading Material: What Makes Jonah Run?

November 7 Class Recording

November 14 Reading Material: The Big Fish

Sorry class recording unavailable

November 21 Reading Material

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Advent in Plain Sight

Beginning Sunday Nov 28

10:45-11:45 am

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We will begin a new series for Advent based on Jill Duffield’s "Advent in Plain Sight". The first session will include an introduction to Jill Duffield and explore the topic of Gates both in scripture and how this object connects us to the season of preparation and waiting. Books are available in the main office free of charge or a $9 donation. You do not need to read the material to participate so please join us for this hybrid conversation!


Sessions will be offered on-site in Fellowship Hall and over Zoom. Links available in the Bulletin and Thursday Email or from the church office.

Amos Group Presents: Anti-Racism Study and Discussion

See the Amos Group page for details and resources for this Adult Ed series