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.


Lent: A Study in Contradictions

Feb. 19, 26 & Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26
7 – 8 p.m.

In the hustle and bustle of our lives, Lent provides us an opportunity to slow down, to strip things away from our life that distract us and allow our minds to turn to God. A real contradiction. Join us in the Wortley-Peabody Theatre for a unique Bible study in the round. We will take a deep dive into scripture through song, learning and quiet reflection. Led by Dr. Andy Stoker, this hour will encourage and challenge you to awaken to the powerful contradictions in our lives.


An Evening with Thupten Jinpa

Feb. 27
7 p.m.

Author of A Fearless Heart, Dr. Thupten Jinpa is a former Buddhist monk and holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he also worked as a research fellow. Jinpa has been the principal English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for nearly three decades and has translated and edited numerous books for the Dalai Lama. Jinpa is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal and Chairman of the Mind and Life Institute, which is dedicated to promoting dialogues and collaborations between the sciences and contemplative knowledge. Dr. Jinpa will invite you to uncover our own ‘fearless heart’ to take on the challenges that face you.


Yoga: Slowing Down & breathing deep

Feb. 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, & 28
5:30-6:15 p.m.
3rd Floor Youth Room

All are invited to slow down this Lenten season through yoga. Join us as we breathe deep, stretch and find a little meditation through gentle movement guided by Julianne Harris.
All you need is a mat!
Register for all classes online, or pay per class at the door. 
Questions? Email Julianne at


Amadeus and the Mozart Requiem: Fact or Fiction?

Mar. 20
7 p.m.
Tim Effler

The 1984 movie Amadeus won 8 Academy Awards including best picture.  Based on the play by Peter Shaffer the film follows the rivalry between Mozart and Antonio Salieri, the composition of the Requiem, and Mozart’s eventual death.  But, how accurate is the story?  Join Tim Effler for a discussion of the real story behind the Mozart Requiem.  Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction!


Freeing Your Inner Poet and Finding Your True Voice

Apr. 10, 17 & 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. $15.


Compassion Into Action

Apr. 16, 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. $5 + book cost.


History of Music

May 1, 8, 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.  $5.


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.

CLICK HERE to register.

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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