Adult Christian Education Programs

Current Offerings

2017 Women’s Retreat: “Sister Speak” 

“The power of storytelling is exactly this: to bridge the gaps where everything else has crumbled.” — Paulo Coelho

Join us at the beautiful Miramar Retreat Center (Duxbury, MA) Friday, March 24 – Saturday March 25 for a time of learning more about each other, ourselves, and God through narrative story telling with a purpose. Cost $145 for double room; $175 for single room. Register online or email Rev. Barbara Callaghan ( Register by Sunday, March 12, with a $50 deposit.

A Lenten Conversation about White Privilege

Save your Wednesday evenings March 8, 15, 22, and 29 as Hancock Church joins with Pilgrim United Church of Christ here in Lexington to walk together through an examination of the privileges attending to “growing up white” in America.  Essays and reflections authored by UCC President John Dornhauer and Acting Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries Traci Blackman will guide our reflection and our sharing.  Our Ministers Paul Shupe and Barbara Callaghan will join Pilgrim’s pastor Lauren Lorincz and Director of Faith Formation Devin Schmueli in lead this exciting opportunity to meet our fellow congregationalists! See the curriculum materials here.

Bible Study with the Preacher

Every Sunday morning from 9 am – 10 am in the Pearson Room

Adult Christian Education Book Discussion

The next meeting of the group will be on Monday, March 27, in the Pearson Room, at 10 a.m. We are currently reading The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell. Come and participate in the group whether you’ve read the book or not. You’ll leave the session invigorated, wiser, and refreshed! This class is led by Minister Barbara Callaghan.

Our upcoming meeting dates are April 10 and April 24. 

Theology on Tap

This “off campus” program meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm at Bukowski Tavern in Inman Square (1281 Cambridge Street in Cambridge). Our upcoming dates for Spring 2017 are April 20, and May 18. ToT is led by Sarah K. and Student Minister Andrew Harris; for more information, please email Andrew at Visit our very active Facebook page for new updates and activities!

Men’s Retreat 

Check back in the fall for more information!

More about our Adult Christian Education Committee

The Adult Christian Education committee works to support life-long learning, spiritual development and a sense of community, in keeping with the Hancock Strategic Plan. Our programs are meant to make people feel welcome and comfortable, no matter where they might be on their journey of faith. Our goals for Adult Christian Education programs are:

  • To broaden recognition of the power of learning for bringing people closer to each other and to God.
  • To encourage regular participation in learning as a cultural norm at Hancock.
  • To coordinate learning experiences at Hancock with other aspects of worship, outreach and community building.

Throughout the year we have supported a wide and innovative range of programming to welcome and support participation from all segments of Hancock’s adult congregation. We are very grateful to our ministers and seminarians for their enthusiastic and involvement, along with their ideas, thoughtful program development, and excellent teaching. We especially thank Dana for her inspired leadership.

If you would like to learn more about these programs and how to participate, please contact the Church Office (781) 862-4220.