The Academy for Faith and Life at Brentwood Christian Church provides an opportunity for participants from both the congregation and the wider community to engage theological and ethical topics in an in-depth manner not usually found in conventional church study groups. The Academy for Faith and Life explores topics related to religion and culture that is similar to what might be found at the university (and at times even the seminary) level and at the same time provides tools for cultivating individual and societal transformation, all based on an approach to Christianity that values both the mind and the heart.
Courses are generally offered once a year (concurrent with either the fall or spring semester) and meet on Wednesday evenings for 6-10 weeks. Each is taught by Rev. Snider unless otherwise announced. Participants are encouraged to read two to four books per course.
- Creating Spiritual Practices to Heal and Transform the World: How Engaging the Ancient Gospel of Christ is Essential for Dismantling White Supremacy Today (Fall, 2019)
— Better Know a Theologian: An Introduction to the Life & Thought of Dorothy Day (Spring, 2017)
— Better Know a Theologian: An Introduction to the Thought of James Cone (Fall, 2015)
— Race, Religion, and the Dream of a Beloved Community (Fall, 2014)
— Ethics and Religion: What is the Right Thing to Do? Does Religion Help Us Figure It Out? (Spring, 2013)