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.
March 25—Minnesota Leadership on Clean Energy Solutions to Global Warming
Most energy decisions that impact global warming are made locally, and the state of Minnesota has policies in place that are driving deep carbon reductions. Thanks to bipartisan policy and business actions, Minnesota has become a national leader in renewable energy. Learn about the favorable economics of this “clean energy revolution” as well as Minnesota’s next steps to grow clean energy jobs. Our speaker, J. Drake Hamilton of Fresh Energy, guarantees you will leave this forum hopeful, inspired and energized!
April 1—Easter! NO Forum (sign up for the Easter Breakfast! email@example.com)
April 8—Grace Racial Equity Team
What does it mean to be white in the USA? What is “white culture?” What is “white consciousness?” Linnea Swenson Tellekson, a member of the Grace Race Equity Team, will share what she has learned about answering those questions, growing up white and living in white skin in our country. All ages, genders and cultural/racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend and contribute to this challenging conversation on racial identity and institutional racism.
April 15—All Those Lutherans: The Diversity of Lutherans in MN
Not all Midwest Lutherans come from Germany or Scandinavia! In Minnesota we have Lutherans from Finland and the Baltic States, from Slovakia and Eastern Europe, Russian Germans, as well as newer groups, such as Hispanic, Hmong, and African immigrant Lutheran. Though they come from distinct backgrounds and traditions, they face similar challenges of moving into a new world, and adapting to the distinctive forms of religion in America. Our speaker is Mark Granquist, professor at Luther Seminary.
April 22—Luther’s Rhetoric: For Better or for Worse
Many Lutherans have struggled over the years with their namesake’s harsh and even hateful rhetoric. Luther aimed most of this rhetoric at his perceived enemies, including the Jewish people. This session, led by Hans Wiersma of the Augsburg College Religion Department, will explore and explain (but not excuse) the polemics that characterize a significant portion of Luther’s writings.
April 29—Humble Conversations
In a world of alt-facts, divisive rhetoric, and political polarization, it can be hard to get past our differences and find our commonalities, even within our own families. In this forum, led by Professor Peder Jothen of St. Olaf College, we will think about some practical strategies to engage those with differing opinions. In doing so, we will remember that we are called to see Christ’s image in everyone.