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And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best….
– Philippians 1:9

Deep Faith, Inquiring Minds

For over 50 years, since the beginning of First Presbyterian’s present-day program of adult education in 1964, we have sought to build a rich tradition of excellence in programs for educating adults through small groups, Bible studies, classes, seminars, and the church’s library. The purpose is to encourage every member to advance along a personal journey of faith toward understanding God’s will for our church and for his and her individual circumstances. More information on current offerings can be found on the church calendar (on top menu bar), the Open Door Newsletter (under the “News” tab), or by contacting the church office. Visitors are always welcome!

Study Groups

We offer study groups in a variety of formats to fit into the interests and busy schedules of our members. We hope you will join us!

Bible Study Groups – Our on-going Bible study meets at 8:15 on Sunday mornings. In addition, we frequently offer short-term Bible study groups focused on a particular chapter or topic.

Young Adult Study Group – Join our active young adult group at 10:45 on Sundays for discussions on faith and beliefs. Topics are decided by the group and all are welcome!

Sunday Seminars



We hope you also will join us for the Adult Education Seminars on Sundays at 10:45 am in Fellowship Hall during the academic year. The seminars are provided both by church members and community members with special expertise in the topic. Visitors are always welcome! Upcoming and recent seminars include:

The Arc of Human History: Challenges to Sustainability Fall 2017

– A public seminar series sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Urbana

Our species, Homo sapiens, has been sustained by planet Earth’s ecosystems for over 200,000 years. Ongoing rapid accelerations in human population growth, technology and global affluence since the mid twentieth century, however, are inflicting detrimental effects on the Earth’s ecosystems that are increasing the rate of extinction of species and imperiling the future of our own. This seminar series, which will be presented by University of Illinois experts, will describe these challenges to sustainability and ways to address them.

October 1: Journey of the Universe: Story of Cosmic, Earth and Human Transformation
A documentary film that is grounded in contemporary science and explores man’s place in the universe. The film is a collaboration of evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme, Professor in Philosophy and Religion Program, California Institute of Integral Studies, and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker.

October 8: The Challenge of Human Population Growth
David Sherwood: Professor Emeritus, UI Colleges of Medicine and Liberal Arts and Sciences,
Former Director of UI Reproductive Biology Training Program

October 15: The Challenge of Sustainable Mineral and Energy Resources
Stephen Marshak: Professor, UI Department of Geology, Director of UI School of Earth, Society and Environment

October 22: The Challenge of Sustainable Fresh Water Availability
Ximing Cai: Professor, UI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Director of UI Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment

October 29: The Challenge of Sustainable Food Availability
Evan Delucia: Professor, UI Department of Plant Biology, Director of UI Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment

November 5: Extinction and Biodiversity in the Modern Era: Worrisome Trends and Practical Solutions
Jeffrey Brawn: Professor and Department Head, UI Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Seminars will be at 11:00 AM in Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 West Green Street.Parking is available in the lot east of the church on Orchard Street.

For additional information contact David Sherwood at od-sherw@illinois.edu

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians –  This six-part series focused on new, and sometimes controversial historical evidence by New Testament scholars on the times and places where Jesus lived and preached, using the PBS-produced FRONTLINE program of the same name.

A Caring Church – A three-part series that focused on how we care for each other within our church; care options for loved ones in the community; and the role of hospital chaplains.

Confronting Climate Change – A six-session series on the causes and projected trajectory of climate change as well as efforts at every level—from the global level to the individual citizen level—to reduce the use of fossil fuels.