Adult Forums, September through December 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, October 6: Mark Bertelsen will lead a discussion on David Brook’s latest book, “The Second Mountain.” 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 and November:   What is the bible’s “wisdom tradition?”  Books like Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes speak to us differently than other parts of the bible, and may not be as well known.  Does this biblical wisdom speak to our need for wisdom today?  Pastor Bernt will introduce the tradition on October 13; Don Knuth will lead forums on two wisdom books, October 20 and 27 – from his book 3:16.  In November, we will continue with readings and discussions from the wisdom literature.

On December 1, adults and children meet together in the parish hall for an activity marking the beginning of Advent.
December 8, 15: Mark Bertelsen will lead some discussions on Paul’s letter to the Romans.  This New Testament book is powerful and influential.  It will also be heard in worship in much of Advent as well as the new year.
December 22, 29, Jan 5: On these days we’ll be worshiping at 9:30am.  The tentative plan is to take a break from forum.
January 12 and beyond: Your ideas are welcome.  One goal is to host a series of guests who represent other religions (Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, etc …).