During the summer at Advent, as our Small Groups break for the season, we create the opportunity to step into formation in new and dynamic ways through our Summer Studies.
Art & Faith
What: This six-week Summer Study will be reading and discussing Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture by the artist Makoto Fujimura. This book will serve as a springboard to explore the relationship between art and faith and the idea that our world very much needs created art and beauty. This group is open to both artists and people who are interested in the arts.
When: Saturdays 5-7pm // July 7-August 11
Where: Either at Dan and Elena’s apartment in Aurora, or at the church, depending on the group size
Embodied: Understanding Sexuality from a Christian Perspective
What: This six-week class will take a closer look at the framework that our culture has adopted for answering questions about sexuality and explore ways that this is at odds with a Christian view of the body. We'll discuss issues surrounding sexual identity, singleness, marriage, transgenderism, homosexuality, and personhood. The class is designed for those who want to develop an integrated, compassionate understanding of what it means to be embodied as God's image-bearers living in a broken world. Participants are asked to get a copy of Nancy Pearcey's book, Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality, and read chapter one in preparation for our first meeting.
When: Mondays 7-8:30pm // June 18-July 23
Where: Jess and Sara Bartley's house
What: This five-week Summer Study will take a look at the many layers of the Enneagram, including the triads, types, wings, and arrows. The focus of this study will be to better understand and live into the ways God has gifted you and to learn to live with greater grace in regards to the areas which tend to produce shame and frustration. The hope is that you not only develop personally, but also gain greater understanding into your relationships and how to love those around you well.
When: Tuesdays 7-8:30pm // June 19, 26, July 10, 17, & 31
Where: Church of the Advent
RSVP & Questions: Stacey Brogan (email@example.com)
All books are available for purchase in our bookstore.
If you are in need of childcare for any of these Summer Studies, please contact the leader(s) to see if it is possible for this to be arranged.