Exploring Spirituality with Adult Education
Adult education reflects Fairlawn Church’s approach to exploring spirituality. Thinking of church and ‘education’ in the same breath may conjure up childhood recollections of the Sunday School attended, dreaded or assiduously avoided. Or, as adults, thoughts of meeting proselytizing ‘church-goers.’
Fairlawn Avenue United Church’s approach to religious teaching is mindful of, and seeks to banish, those associations. “The old church model no longer speaks to today’s adults and their families,” says Rev. Christopher White. “Fairlawn is all about providing a safe space for everyone to explore their spirituality. It’s not ‘do as I say,’ but ‘let me hear what you have to say’.”
That openness to spiritual exploration is reflected in Fairlawn’s adult education program.
Adult education emphasizes exploration
In our adult education offerings at Fairlawn, says Rosemary Pryde, chair of the Adult Education Committee, we provide the chance for people to “explore ideas, make us think, and help us grow.”
Reflecting the new church model that invites spiritual exploration, Fairlawn’s adult education program will continue to invite people to discuss, question, and engage one another, says Pryde. “It’s important to have a safe place where people can voice their opinions about religion and raise questions about the big issues of the day that impact our lives … questions about death and dying, society’s gap between abundance and poverty, many things.”
Says Rev. White: “We’re excited by the prospects of what could be explored through our renewed adult education programs. There will be more offerings announced in the coming months.”