FirstChurch University


Print“See, God is doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
– Isaiah 43:19



A diverse course offering brings teachers from around Dallas to feed your spirit and curiosity.


Freeing Your Inner Poet and Finding Your True Voice

May 1
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Rev. John Thornburg

In one of religion’s greatest paradoxes, saying “I don’t know what I believe” doesn’t mean that you don’t believe anything.  It only means you haven’t named it yet.  Since God is always active in and around us, sometimes we just need to start writing and see what happens.  This class is intended to help you name more of what’s happening in your soul in the hope that it will bring you closer to the God who loves you.  Hymn writer and poet, Rev. John Thornburg, will be your guide.


Compassion Into Action

Apr. 23, 30
Rev. Holly Bandel

In this 3 weeks study, we will be using A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa and the gospel of Luke as a way to understand compassion as central to our part in transforming the world as Disciples. Join Rev. Holly G. Bandel in this learning experience of scripture and contemporary models of compassion in our city. $12.


History of CHURCH Music

May 1, 10, 15
Tim Effler

Ever wonder what church music sounded like a thousand years ago, or how we got from that music to the hymns and anthems we sing today?  From Gregorian chant to Christian rock – join us for a whirlwind trip through the last thousand plus years of sacred music with lots of images, audio recordings and videos.


Parenting Compassion

May 14 & 21
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Rev. Evan Jones

In the current political climate, how do we teach our kids about kindness and compassion? Join us for a 2-week discussion about ways to share the type of kindness, love and compassion that Jesus modeled. For parents who have kids of all ages, this class will shape our present and our future. $5.


KIDS Compassion

May 14 & 21
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Laura McCavit

In conjunction with the Parenting Compassion class, kids of all ages will learn ways to share kindness and compassion with their families and peers. Laura McCavit will lead these 2 week classes for elementary and high school kids. Free.

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Parking for FCU:
Parking in the Bryan Tower garage is FREE – but you must bring your parking ticket in and have it stamped at the Information Desk.

Want to know more?

We would love to meet you! From our Rotunda theatre to the magnificent bell tower, we have lots of corners to show you and a great history to share. We look forward to answering your questions about our ministry, theology and outreach, and invite you to join us for a tour.

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