Adult Classes & Workshops
W-Walk-Ins Welcome R-Registration Required
Special Learning Opportunities With Dr. Abla Hasan
This fall at First-Plymouth, Dr. Abla Hasan, assistant professor of practice of Arabic Language and Culture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be teaching a variety of special learning opportunities about Islam and more. Her current teaching and research interests include feminism, second language acquisition theories, philosophy of language, religious studies, translation, and contemporary Arabic literature. Dr. Hasan will also be joining our 10:30am worship services throughout the fall, where she will read a verse from the Koran and offer a brief explication.
Class dates and descriptions will be available soon.
Embracing Compassion Wed. Night Series W
Sponsored by First-Plymouth Peace & Justice Team. Join us for all three weeks!
- Wed | Oct 12 | 6:30-7:30pm
Speaking Out in Support of Muslims in Lincoln and Our World, presented by Clay Naff, journalist and director of Lincoln Literacy.
- Wed | Oct 19 | 6:30-7:30pm
A participatory immigration simulation will be facilitated by Renae Ninneman. Become more aware of the plight of the immigrant.
- Wed | Oct 26 | 6:30-7:30pm
Discussion on the Authorized Use of Military Force Resolution. Host: Renae Ninneman.
Misunderstood: The Apostle Paul in Three Acts R
Mon-Wed | Oct 17–19 | 6:30-7:30PM | Former Yale Theologian, Rev. Allen Hilton
To some Christians in our time, Paul’s sole purpose is to give us Jesus the savior; rescuing us from hell and taking us to heaven. To other Christians in our time, Paul is the devil himself — homophobe and misogynist, purveyor of bigotry for the ages. But the Paul of the New Testament pictures a Jesus “for this world and the next,” and in this world he has mad skills for building community. He may even be just what the divine doctor ordered for what ails us in America these days. Registration suggested by contacting email@example.com.
- Oct 17: Unashamed: Paul’s Good News for Our Whole Lives (Paul the Heaven and Hell Guy)
- Oct 18: Undaunted: Paul’s Courage and a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (Homosexuality and Pau)
- Oct 19: Undivided: Paul’s Communities as Our Salvation (Women in the Church)
Spirituality and Aging R
Sun | Oct 30-Nov 20 | **1:00-2:30pm | $15 | Jen Davidson, Third Chapter Ministries (adults 55+) Are you contemplating retirement? Or maybe you've already crossed into that chapter of your life. Consider the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual components of aging, explore how spiritual growth takes place, and discuss what the experts have to say. Class size limited. Advanced registration and payment requested to firstname.lastname@example.org.
White Privilege: Let's TalkW
Wed | Nov 2-16 | 6:30-7:30PM | Pilgrim Hall
The Rev. John C. Dorhauer, President of the United Church of Christ, has written: “It is time this still largely white denomination wrestles with its investment in whiteness, and learns all it can about the manifestations and impact of White Privilege.” We agree and so are offering an opportunity for a safe, meaningful and substantive conversation on race and privilege in this three evening series based on resources from our denominational headquarters.
Understanding Your Middle Schooler R
Wed | Nov 2 – 30 (skip 23rd) | 6:30-7:30PM | James Tucci | $10 per person/$15 couple
Learning developmental aspects of early adolescence; common struggles and obstacles your child faces; and effective strategies to parent your middle schooler. Childcare and Wed Night Live youth programs available during these sessions. Register in advance with email@example.com.
Six Hats of Thinking R
**New Date ** Tues | Nov 15 | 6:30-8:45PM | $15 | Led by Joyce Strout
Discover HOW to look at any situation, how to solve problems, how to evaluate using all your talents, people, and resources, how to carry an idea to the next level, and more. Register with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grief & the Holiday Season R
Thurs | Nov 10 | 6:30-8:00pm | $15 | Lisa Borchardt, LCSW
A small group gathering to help ease the grief and pain as the holiday season approaches. Share ways to cope and a discuss traditions during the season. Register with email@example.com.
POSTPONED TO SPRING: Pilgrimage to St. Benedict’s R
Fri | Nov 11 | St. Benedict’s Center | $40 | Jen Davidson; Third Chapter Ministries (Adults 55+)
Bus trip to tour the beautiful monastery and retreat center, with instruction from the monks, and a meal.
Introduction to Energy Healing R
Sat | Nov 12 | 10:00am-1:00pm | $30 | Margaret Rickers, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master
Learn simple, yet powerful techniques to ease pain and give comfort for yourself or others.
5 Books/5 Great Ideas About Spirituality and Aging R
Thurs | Nov 17 | 6:30-8:00pm | Jen Davidson, Third Chapter Ministries | $5 Ice Cream Sundaes
Get a brief review of five current and exciting books that explore spirituality and aging. Participants will be invited to read one or more of the books by Jan. 15, with follow-up dialogue sessions in February. Advanced registration and payment required, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 5 Books That Will be Discussed: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett; Miller’s Valley by Anna Quinlan (a novel!); Conversations with a Guardian Angel by Robert Wicks; This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite (a repeat from May).
Red(-and-Blue)-Letter Bible R
Sun | Nov 20 | 12:45-2:00pm | Optional $6 Sack Lunch | Rev. Allen Hilton, former Yale theologian. Free study, walk-in's welcome. To reserve a sack lunch, register with email@example.com by Thurs. November 17.
Imagine a scene: Worshippers are making their way into a large American church, each carrying a marked and worn Bible under an arm or in a hand. What kind of church is it? You likely answer, “conservative/evangelical/fundamentalist.” Why is that? In this session, we will ask about the politics of the Bible, asking, “Is the book big enough for all of us?”
Missionary or Tourist? W
First-Plymouth Seeing and Serving Beyond Lincoln
Wed | Nov 30 | 6:30-7:30PM | Jeanne Johnson
Curious about the places First-Plymouth members have being going to on mission trips? Jeanne Johnson, spiritual director and lay minister, will share pictures from Guatemala, Pine Ridge and Ghana and will talk about our work with these communities and the ways it has touched her soul.
Dr. Dan Clanton -- Women in the Bible R
Wed | Nov 30 – Dec 14 | 6:30PM | Dr. Dan Clanton, assistant professor of Religious Studies, Doane University
How are women viewed in the Bible?
What stories does the Bible contain about women?
Explore the books of Ruth & Esther; discuss how Paul and Jesus interacted with women; and encounter an early Christian woman named Thecla, who became a famous apostle. Register with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nativity on Time R
Sun | Dec 4 | 12:45-2:00pm | Optional $6 Sack Lunch Available | Rev. Allen Hilton, Former Yale Theologian. | Free, Walk-ins Welcome | To reserve a sack lunch, contact email@example.com by Thurs. December 1.
Jesus will arrive at just the right time again this year. We’ll rush through crowds to buy presents. We’ll fight over whether nativity scenes should grace public squares. We’ll revisit the “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays” controversy. Frantic will reign around us and threaten to reign in us. But then, from a quiet corner of the ancient world, nativity. Join us as we look again at the story of Jesus’ birth from its two biblical tellers, Matthew and Luke.
The First Amendment W
Mon | Dec 5 | 7:00-8:30pm | Pilgrim Hall | Co-sponsored by Nebraskans for Peace, Nebraska Association of Social Workers, and First-Plymouth Peace & Justice Team
Discussion on the growing problem of groups wanting special permission because of their religion to set aside law and make exceptions using the First Amendment as leverage to isolate themselves from government action in areas including foster care, education and taxes.
What Type of Church is First-Plymouth? W
Wed | Dec 7 | 6:30-7:30PM | Dr. Jim Keck and Rev. Barb Smisek
Delve into the historical and theological aspects of First-Plymouth and our denomination, The United Church of Christ.
Grief Group: For Death and Life Losses R
Tues | Dec 20 – Jan 3 | 6:30-8:00pm | $35 | Lisa Borchardt, LCSW
Loss and death are not endings but an opportunity for transformation and growth. Learn helpful tools to use when we encounter situations that turn our lives upside down. Register in advance with firstname.lastname@example.org.