Adult Faith Formation

Faith Formation Opportunities at Fairmount

 

Become a Liturgist: Help Lead Worship
Anyone can help lead worship because we are all image-bearers of God! And now, FPC has a new streamlined, simple way for interested liturgists to choose the Sunday(s) and worship time(s) that work best for their schedule. Sign up to help lead worship online here. Questions? Contact Kate McFadden at [email protected].

Faith Formation Classes Available

Reconnecting with God’s Creation

Forest Hill Presbyterian Church members Steve Sedam and Kemp Jaycox will teach their Reconnecting with God’s Creation class again this coming spring for the fifth year in a row and invite Fairmount members to participate. The class will take place via Zoom on Sundays from 4:00 to 5:30 PM from March 13th to June 5th (Easter, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day are optional). 

Here is a link for the promotional video that Steve and Kemp made along with testimonials from a few previous participants.https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8-rU-E5b5eh44SskHhCsJpyx9NR4uk0e

If you know of someone who is interested in participating, they can use the Breeze link below to sign up for the class. Sign up link: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/e0fc68

Resisting Segregation

The Black Caucus of Forest Hill Presbyterian Church invites you to join a discussion with Susan Kaeser, Tuesday evening, Jan. 25 from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Ms. Kaeser is the author of Resisting Segregation which details the multi-racial grassroots struggle to integrate Cleveland Heights. Contact [email protected] for the Zoom link.

The 2022 Faithful Lives Film Series (26th year)

The sub theme for the 26th year of Fairmount’s Faithful Lives Film Series is “Faith in Pandemics and Other Times of Disaster”. The movies are shown the 2nd Friday evening of the month, January through May, at Fairmount Presbyterian Church. Please arrive by 6:30pm. All films begin promptly at 6:45pm. Attendees should bring their own food and drink to the movie. For more information, contact Bryan Seekely, [email protected]. Our 2022 Faithful Lives Film Series kicks off on Friday, January 14th, with the movie The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story. Rev. Jessie MacMillan will lead the discussion. 

The 2022 Faithful Lives Film Series Movies

January 14th
The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story

February 11th
The American Experience: Influenza 1918

March 11th
Joan of Arc

April 8th
50/50

May 13th
Killing Kasztner 

The Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies (CEIRS)

For 30 years, the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies (CEIRS) has provided sophisticated courses in Christian theology across both orthodox and liberal ideologies. Covering broad themes including art, history, and practical approaches to cultivating human spirituality, there is a CEIRS course for every Christian seeker.

Courses are taught by theologians from Northeast Ohio and beyond, representing thought leadership and a wide breadth of experiences across Christian denominations. CEIRS courses are affordable, accessible, and open to anyone who’d like to deepen their spirituality, form their faith, and invite the challenge of new ideas. There are no prerequisites, no examinations, and no written assignments. Instead, students will find great learning and camaraderie.

At CEIRS you will encounter outstanding local teachers and professors, as well as nationally known speakers, who teach on a myriad of topics: Biblical Studies, Spirituality, Ethics, Comparative Religions, and Theology and Culture.

Learn more about our Winter/Spring 2022 courses below and how to register.

The Holy Spirit in the Bible - Six Saturdays: January 8, 15, 22, 29 | February 5, 12, 2022

The Holy Spirit in the Bible

Fr. George Smiga, S.T.D.

Six Saturdays: January 8, 15, 22, 29 | February 5, 12, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  $120.00
Class will be offered on Zoom

The central Christian belief that the Holy Spirit is the third divine person of the Blessed Trinity was not officially defined until the Council of Constantinople in C. E. 381. Centuries earlier, however, both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament were already describing the action of God’s Spirit in a variety of stories and literary forms. This course will examine how the scriptures present God’s Spirit at creation, within the leaders and people of Israel, throughout the ministry of Jesus and the early Church, and in the fulfillment of God’s promises at the end of time. The scriptural passages will not only be located within their historical and literary context, but also opened to speak to contemporary issues and our personal journeys of faith.

To Register, visit: https://ceirs.org/holy-spirit-smiga/

Lenten Retreat Cleveland Museum of Art - Saturday, March 26, 2022

Lenten Retreat Cleveland Museum of Art

Rev. Lydia Bailey

Saturday, March 26, 2022
10:30 to 2:00 p.m. Cost: $55.00 (includes parking)
Cleveland Museum of Art

Back by popular demand! This retreat is semi-self-directed involving the participant’s reflection on a single piece of art. Rev. Lydia Bailey will prepare participants for choosing a piece of art for personal reflection. As retreat leader she describes“The art one settles on can speak to us spiritually without having a conventional religious subject. It can be an icon that serves as a window into God.” The Rev. Lydia Bailey has an essay published in the upcoming issue of Parabola on the theme of ‘Wonder.’ Parabola is a quarterly journal devoted to the exploration of the quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world’s myths, symbols, and religious traditions, which plays well into the visual cues abound at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The museum opens at 10:00 a.m. and the retreat will convene under the bamboo trees in the Atrium shortly thereafter. We will break for lunch; participants are invited to bring lunch or dine at the museum café.

To register, visit https://ceirs.org/lenten-art-retreat/

Thomas Merton and Ilia Delio with a Quaker Touch - Four Mondays in January: 10, 17, 24, 31

Thomas Merton and Ilia Delio with a Quaker Touch

Alan Kolp, Ph.D.

Four Mondays in January: 10, 17, 24, 31
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. $80.00
This course will be offered on Zoom

Merton and Delio join in conversation with a touch of Quaker perspective. Explore how their theologies and spiritualities offer insights on contemporary life. Accept their invitation to become a conversation partner.

To register, visit https://ceirs.org/merton-delio/

Living Well Through the End of Life, presented by Rev. Stephen C. Blonder Adams

Living well through all the phases of our life is of utmost importance. Yet our culture does all of us a great disservice, by emphasizing youthfulness at the cost of the aged, and completely avoids anything dealing with the death of the body. Only when we embrace the fullness of life, can we fully live through each part of our earthly journey. We will be focusing on pragmatic and spiritual issues, regarding preparing for the end of life. Materials will be provided for starting the conversation in your family and preparing a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare.

Rewatch Rev. Stephen Blonder Adams presentation, https://youtu.be/a1DF9ke8xm8

 

The Mission of the William Birkett Williams Memorial Lecture Fund

The William Birkett Williams Memorial Lecture Fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. William L. Williams to serve as a memorial to their son, 1st Lt. William Birkett Williams, a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, lost in action in Libya on January 11, 1943. The fund provides the income to be used for free lectures on any subject of general interest, whether cultural, scientific, civic or political, but not overtly religious. The speakers should be of national or international reputation who would be of interest to the larger community. The Fund will be utilized by the William Birkett Williams Committee to fulfill this mission. On October 3, 2021, the William Birkett Williams Memorial Committee welcomed Nationally Renowned Poet-Professor, Dr. Joshua Bennett.

View Dr. Bennett’s Fairmount presentation

View the list of previous William Birkett William Memorial lectures.