Sunday Morning Adult Education

Mental Health Issues and Faith
Sundays, October 1 and October 8
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge

As Gables UCC prepares to become a WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged for Mental Health) Congregation, we are taking a few weeks to look at mental illness, the causes, the challenges, its effect on faith, and what it might mean for the church to open its doors even wider with an extravagant welcome to those living with mental illness and to those who love and care for them.

Sunday, October 1 – Pastor Laurie will speak on “Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness in the Church.” Together we will look at developing a mental health ministry in our church and the covenant, which the WISE Team has written.

Sunday, October 8 – We are pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund, author of Blessed are the Crazy to our Adult Study session and pulpit that morning. In her book, Sarah writes about her father’s battle with bipolar disorder, and the helpless sense of deja vu as her brother and cousin endure mental illness as well.

Reformation: Then, Now, and Always
Sundays, October 15  – November 5
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge

On October 31, 1517, a young Augustinian monk by the name of Martin Luther nailed 95 theses (or points for formal disputation) on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This inauspicious act—a normal way of inviting academic debate on important issues—is now popularly considered to be the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. As a church that can trace its own lineage back to the Protestant Reformation Luther helped launch, we will look at the various aspects of the Reformation on this occasion of its 500th anniversary.

Sunday, October 15  – Reformation 101
Join seminarian and our church moderator, Mark Wolfe (who also happened to be brought up Lutheran) talk about the history and the various aspects of the Reformation.

Sunday, October 22 and 29 – Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World
Few if any men have changed the course of history like Martin Luther. In less than ten years, this fevered German monk plunged a knife into the heart of an empire that had ruled for a thousand years, and set in motion a train of revolution, war and conflict that would reshape Western civilization.

Luther’s story is also an intensely human tale, a story that hurtles from the depths of despair to the heights of triumph and back again. This is the story of a man who ultimately found himself a lightning conductor of history, crackling with forces he could not quite comprehend or control.

Join us on these Sundays as we watch in two-parts the outstanding PBS film Martin Luther. We will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: You can catch a repeat of the film on Wednesday evenings, October 18 (Part 1)
and October 25 (Part 2) from 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Sunday, November 5 – The Reformation and the United Church of Christ
Join Pastor Laurie as she reflects on the role of the Reformation in bringing about the United Church of Christ and how the UCC continues to live into its calling to be a reforming church.

The Three Great Controversies of Christianity
Sundays, November 12 – 26
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge

A presentation and dialogue discussion led by Rick Walters exploring:

  • The Divinity of Jesus
  • The omnipotence of God
  • The social gospel and the great political divide

Each of these topics is deep in history, controversial in interpretation and extremely relevant to contemporary issues and personal lives. Let’s dive in.

Lunch and the Bible

Sundays, November 12 – 26
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge

Join Pastors Aaron (10/17) and Laurie (11/21) for lunch, fellowship and a discussion on one of their favorite Bible passages. Sandwiches, chips, cookies and beverages will be served. Free will donations accepted. No need to RSVP.

Men’s Book Club – From Wild Man to Wise Man

Wednesdays, October 4 – 25
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge

If you are a man interested in deepening your spirituality, then our October Men’s Book Club is for you! We will gather each Wednesday evening in October and discuss “From Wild Man to Wise Man” by Richard Rohr.

The book explores male spirituality from all different sides, tackling the subjects of healthy masculinity, fatherhood, grief, anger, work, sexuality, power, and much more all through the lens of a progressive Christian faith.  We will gather at 6:00 p.m. each week for an hour of conversation, study, and prayer.

Books are $10 and are being sold after worship in Fellowship Hall, or by contacting Pastor Aaron at

Young Adults: Theology on Tap

Wednesdays, October 4, 18, November 1, 15, 29, and December 13
8:00 p.m. at Doce Restaurant
541 SW 12th Avenue, Miami FL

Are some topics in the Christian faith difficult, confusing, or just down-right scary to you? You are not alone! Join us for a special Theology on Tap conversation series where we will wrestle with these difficult subjects and redefine them for our progressive, expansive faith:

Sin ~ Salvation ~Creation ~ Resurrection ~Trinity ~Faith

If you are between the ages of 18-35’ish (or frankly whatever), join us!

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