Center For Faith Studies

The Center for Faith Studies’ mission is to foster a culture of faithful inquisitiveness into the nature of God, the created world, and our individual and collective roles in it. The Center draws upon a variety of disciplines, including comparative religion, theology, the humanities, and the sciences, in its offerings of classes, small group discussions, and large-group presentations.

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

Download November 23 class materials here.

Download November 9 class materials here.

Download November 2 class materials here.

Download October 26 class materials here.

Download October 19 class materials here.

Download October 12 class materials here.

Sermons For Life: a view of Jewish life and tradition from the sermons of Rabbi Aryeh Azriel while serving the Congregation of Temple Israel, Omaha NE.” Rabbi Aryeh Azriel will resume classes on Monday Mornings from October 12 through November 16, between 10:00-11:30AM. Classes will meet both in person and on Zoom. In person classes will be limited to 50 persons, with masks required, and social distanced seating. We will also be streaming these classes live on Zoom (the zoom link can be accessed through our church calendar), and then we are recording the classes to be accessed from our Center for Faith Studies Page of our website whenever you have the time to watch. There are many and various opportunities for you to get your fill of our good friend and clergy colleague Rabbi Azriel! Join us as you can. For more information, please contact Chris Alexander at .

If you missed his past classes you can stream them from our YouTube channel.

Click here for Rabbi Azriel’s past classes.



  • Martin Luther King Jr Lecture/Dinner January 11
    In Partnership with IMA – Rev. Portia Cavitt
  • Documentary Premiere “How Much Sleep Have You Lost?” Feb. 12
    Thursday Fabruary 12 - Upon his father's diagnosis of late-stage cancer, the director attempts...
  • Dr. Charles Cohen, Braided Histories May 6
    : “Braided Histories: Jews,Christians and Muslims across the Centuries.”
  • Andrew Harvey, Sacred Activism March 19-21, 2021
    Sacred Activism is the product of the union of a profound spiritual and mystical...
  • Daneen Akers Author of "Holy Trouble Makers" June 2021
    In June of 2021 Daneen will be joining us at Countryside to talk about...
  • Mirabai Starr and Mona Haydar, Retreat Nov. 2021
    In November of 2021 Mirabai and Mona will be hosting a 2-day spirituality Retreat...



Adult Education Groups

  • Rabbi Aryeh Azriel - Mondays October 12- November 16
  • Books Bible and Beyond- A Human History by Reza Aslan
    Wednesdays at Noon- Check Church calendar for zoom link
  • Adult Forum - Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations
    Sundays at 11:10 AM chack church calendar for zoom link
  • Racial Justice Book Club - On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by DeRay Mckesson
    This book is a collection of essays that are honest, courageous, and imaginative…brimming with...
  • Mindfulness Sits, Zoom Wednesdays 6 - 7 PM
    Mindful Meditation Sits with Carlos Figueroa are continuing Wednesday Evenings from 6:00-7:00 PM via...
  • Phoenix Affirmation Discussion Group
    Become more familiar with the Phoenix Affirmations through open discussion about how God...
  • Energy Codes Class, Starts October 5, $72 Plus book
    if interested email Join us for an asynchronous course beginning Monday October...
  • Women Mystics Class - Zoom
    Join us on Zoom (hopefully eventually in person!) on alternating Sunday evenings 6:30-8:00 pm...

Past CFS Speakers and Their Current Projects

  • Margaret Wheatley - A Songline
    The Warrior’s Songline is a multi-sensory experience of the journey all Warriors for the...
  • Isabel Wilkerson - Caste, The Origins of Our Discontent
    Poetically written and brilliantly researched, Caste invites us to discover the inner workings of...
  • Reza Aslan, God: A Human History
    From the bestselling author of Zealot and host of the new CNN series Believer...
  • Watch CFS Lectures
    See all the best of our lectures series over the past years in the...
  • Sue Monk Kidd - The Book of Longings
    “The Book of Longings is not just an extraordinary novel, but one with lasting...