Conversation and learning, April and May 2017

Adult Forum meets in the library, from 9:15-10:15.  We dig deep with an open spirit into theology, scripture, societal issues and ethics.   Another option is to take part in a newcomers group – contact Pastor Bernt.  The childcare center is open downstairs during this time.  Grab a cup of coffee on the way in, if you like, and join us!

April 23 and 30Psalm 51 and Forgiveness, with Mark Bertelsen. “Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgement. Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.”

May 7, inter-generational activity: Don and Jill Knuth teach us how to play a card game called Hierarchy. While this game combines both luck and skill, much of the time, it seems to let the richer get richer while the poor get poorer. After we’ve played two or three hands, we’ll talk about being fair, what equality means, riches versus poverty, competitiveness. There are several Bible passages that apply: the workers in the vineyard, the talents, and others.

May 14 – Contradiction, controversy and compromise in the Bible.  Charlie Read invites us into a discussion on how we as people of faith struggle to live with the Bible’s tensions, opposing viewpoints and contradictions.

May 21 – Faith, Sexism and Justice: what do you think?  Pastor Kate and Holly Pearson will lead a discussion on the new social statement the ELCA is developing.  Participants are encouraged to check it out ahead of time – you can find it here.

May 28 – Church and State, p.3.  John Allured continues his excellent forums on church and state with how we Lutherans might understand and be involved in politics today.

June 4 – What would you like to discuss next year?  Looking back over forum time this past year and ahead to the next.