Education is an important part of Emanuel’s life and ministry. Sermons at Emanuel draw on scholarship and research in order to illustrate the relevance of Christian faith to life in the world today. The Adult Forum examines a broad range of topics from Bible Study to issues in faith and science and discussion of the ideas of major thinkers in a variety of fields that pertain to spiritual life. Emanuel has recently sponsored a symposium on “Environmental Cancer” at which scientists and researchers in the field offered their ideas for consideration and discussion. The educational mission of Emanuel, whether it is adult education or confirmation classes, is characterized by the spirit of open inquiry on the premise that people of faith must understand what it is they believe.