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.

New fall classes begin Sept. 13.

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Book Study: Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle
Wednesdays – September 13 and 20
6:30 p.m.

As we anticipate Glennon speaking at FirstChurch on September 25, we will read and discuss her newest book together. Love Warrior is the story of one marriage, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough and begin to face pain and love head-on. Led by: Rev. Holly Bandel.

Books cost $12 each or autographed book plates copies are available also for $20.

What is the Bible?
Wednesdays – September 27, Oct 4, 11
6:30 p.m.

Rob Bell has been causing a stir with his new book, What is the Bible? The book goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined—and offers a cogent argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, new way. So what’s all the fuss about? Come and explore what Rob is suggesting with his new book and how we might approach scripture differently. This class is a great introduction to scripture study and asking tough questions. Led by: Rev. Evan Jones.


“Martin Luther in the Age of Print” (Off-site trip to Bridwell Library)
Tuesday, October 10

Join us as we take a guided tour of Bridwell Library new exhibit. 9:30 am church bus departs. 10:00 am guided tour.

Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the announcement by Martin Luther (1483–1546) of his 95 theses against indulgences, and the beginning of the Reformation, this exhibition serves as an introduction to the reformer and his printed works. Exploring different printed contexts for Luther’s works, this exhibition includes Bibles and indulgences produced prior to Luther’s own publications as well as pre-seventeenth century Catholic responses to Luther and the early Reformation during his lifetime and after his death. This combination of Luther’s publications and those of his adversaries provides insight into the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation and the divisiveness engendered by this quest for religious reform as witnessed in the age of print.

Bus from church provided. Lunch at Le Madeleine to follow (at your own expense).


A (Brief) History of Church Music
Tuesdays, October 24, 31, November 7, 14
6:30 p.m.

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.   Led by Tim Effler.


A Gospel of a Different Color: The Gospel of John
Wednesdays, October 25, Nov 1, 8
6:30 p.m.

The Gospel of John offers a unique understanding of Jesus Christ. We will explore similarities, omissions, and additions to the stories of Jesus in John. This is a great introduction to the Gospel of John. Led by Rev. Evan Jones. ($12 for book).


Compassion: An Evening With Glennon Doyle
Monday, September 25
7:30 p.m.

Glennon Doyle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Love Warrior, which was selected as an Oprah’s Book Club pick, as well as the New York Times bestseller Carry On, Warrior. Glennon is also the founder of Momastery, an online community reaching millions of people each week. She is the creator and president of Together Rising—a non-profit organization that has raised seven million dollars for families around the world through its Love Flash Mobs, which have revolutionized online giving. 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.

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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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