First Congregational Church of Westfield is known for its engaging and thought-provoking study each year, and this year is no exception. Numerous and diverse learning experiences for adults begins the week of Oct. 7, with a wide range of opportunities for spiritual growth are offered to meet as many different interests and learning styles as possible. Attendees can expect a mix of four- or five-week “units,” ongoing series, and “one-time” day or evening events including forums, “field trips” of various types, guest speakers, etc.

This fall there are two offerings:

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Faith and the Front Page Returns!
Mondays: Oct. 7, 14, 21 28

7:30-8:30 p.m. in Wightman Chapel Lounge

This bi-annual offering — and consistently most popular — will engage participants in biblical and spiritually-grounded examination of topics inspired by recent news events. Selection of topics is done on a week-to-week basis in order to stay as fresh and relevant as possible. Participants have the opportunity to express various and differing viewpoints in a respectful, open-minded venue.

Monthly Prayer and Meditation
Tuesday: Oct. 8

7:30-8:30 p.m. in Sanctuary

All are welcome to come together and share in a variety of prayer and meditative practices on the second Tuesday (usually) of each month. These sessions will also include time for participants to offer their own prayer intentions.

Docs and Dialogue Returns!

Tuesday, Oct. 29

7 p.m. in Patton Auditorium

The past few years have been considered a “Golden Age” for documentary film-making. “Docs” are a powerful way to both raise awareness and generate discussion when it comes to important topics — topics which regularly do, and should, concern people of faith. In October, Docs and Dialogue, the documentary viewing and discussion series we introduced last fall, returns. All are invited to gather in Patton Auditorium to view and then have a conversation about a documentary from recent years, with a focus not just on the central issue addressed by the film, but also the spiritual, Biblical and theological concerns the subject and film raise.

The first Docs and Dialogue for our new program year will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in Patton Auditorium. On that night, we will view the documentary Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America. This film offers a look at the varied ways Americans are choosing to both find meaning and celebrate life as it comes to an end. Touching and heartfelt, the film spotlights a subject many of us would rather avoid in a positive and thought-provoking manner that features stories grounded in empowerment. Visit hbo.com/alternate-endings to view a trailer for the film.

For more information on all programs and events at First Congregational Church of Westfield, call 908-233-2494 or visit fccofwestfield.org.