Adult Forums are held each Sunday September-May at Grace in the Peace Chapel at 9:20 am (no forums December 24, December 31, and April 1 (Easter). Find the coffee in the kitchen, and then find a chair in the peace chapel! All are welcome.
September 24—Martin Luther and the Reformation: The Story Begins
This year the Adult Education Committee will feature a series of forums on Luther and the Reformation. This forum will use portions of a video entitled This Changed Everything: 500 Years of the Reformation as the basis for a discussion of Luther and his transformation from monk to religious trail blazer. Led by Rev. Sue Engh, Grace member.
October 1—Next Steps for Let Africa Live
Grace member Kubisa Sosthene Muzenende arrived in Minnesota from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2013. His work with Let Africa Live (LAV), an organization devoted to finding ways to reintegrate youth victimized by wars and armed conflicts in the DRC, was temporarily put on hold due to political instability there as well as threats to his own life. Recently, however, Kubisa was able to visit LAV partners in both Sweden and Norway. In this forum, he will share his experience with those partners and also talk about LAV’s vision for the future as well as progress made by his Safe Housing for Education project.
October 8—The Reformation: From Conflict to Communion
Dirk Lange will discuss the recent commemoration of the Reformation (in which he played a major role!) and the ongoing reassessment of Luther.
October 15—Making Your Charitable Contributions Count!
(Bring your phone, laptop or iPad to this forum)
When making a charitable contribution, most of us want to be sure our contribution represents our values, goes to a reputable organization, and can be accomplished efficiently. In this forum we will learn: 1) how to honor your interests and values when choosing a charity; 2) how to use software programs designed to review and rate charitable organizations; and 3) how (and why!) to set up a donor advised fund. Our speakers are Jon Buuck, Theresa Gienapp, and Stan Jacobson.
October 22—Silence is Violence: Recognizing and Preventing Domestic Abuse
Meggie Royer, from Women’s Advocates, will lead a presentation on domestic violence, addressing abuse in a variety of contexts, including marital, dating, same sex and heterosexual relationships. She will discuss statistics, the definition of domestic violence and its various forms, risk factors and warning signs, as well as the cycle of power and control. She’ll also talk about ways to help if you, friends, or family members are experiencing abuse in a relationship.
October 29 – Reformation Sunday – and More about Martin Luther and the Reformation!
Join us in the Lounge for the second of two forums using the video entitled This Changed Everything: 500 Years of the Reformation as basis for discussion. Facilitator to be announced.