Adult Forums, Fall 2019

Adult Forum meets in the library, from 9:15-10:15. We dig deep with an open spirit into questions of faith and life. The childcare center is open downstairs during this time. Grab a cup of coffee on the way in, if you like, and join us!

September 8 – All ages are invited to participate in a fun scavenger hunt led by the Knuths, and the opportunity to learn more about our wonderful church!

September 15 – we welcome guests from the Cleveland area: Malina Rauschenfels and Dr. Paula Maust, who will also be playing in worship and an afternoon concert. They’ll talk about their combination of music and social action around the issue of mental illness.

September 22 and 29: Mark Bertelsen will lead a discussion on David Brook’s latest book, “The Second Mountain.” A summary: “Every so often, you meet people who radiate joy—who seem to know why they were put on this earth, who glow with a kind of inner light. Life, for these people, has often followed what we might think of as a two-mountain shape. They get out of school, they start a career, and they begin climbing the mountain they thought they were meant to climb. Their goals on this first mountain are the ones our culture endorses: to be a success, to make your mark, to experience personal happiness. But when they get to the top of that mountain, something happens. They look around and find the view . . . unsatisfying. They realize: This wasn’t my mountain after all. There’s another, bigger mountain out there that is actually my mountain.

And so they embark on a new journey. On the second mountain, life moves from self-centered to other-centered. They want the things that are truly worth wanting, not the things other people tell them to want. They embrace a life of interdependence, not independence. They surrender to a life of commitment. In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community.”

October: we explore literature of the wisdom tradition in the Bible, beginning with the book of Proverbs.