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.
February 18—Gutenberg to Google: Effective Use of Technology for Congregations
Beth Lewis, President & CEO for 1517 Media, will explore how the use of various media to proclaim the Gospel is both the same and different from the time of Martin Luther to the beginning of the 21st century. You’ll learn something about history and how our reforming traditions are alive and well today. Beth will help us develop fresh ideas for using the Grace website, social media and other new technologies to proclaim the Gospel!
February 25—Women, Justice and the ELCA
In this forum we will discuss the ELCA’s draft of a new Social Statement on Women and Justice. Grace member Mary Lowe is a member of the task force and the writing team for the statement. If you have time, please read pages 1 -10 prior to the forum. If you don’t have time to read in advance, you are still welcome! Copies of the statement are available in the church office, or you can also find the text online at the ELCA website: www.elca.org. Please join us for this timely forum!
March 4—Lutheran Social Service: Youth Services
Lutheran Social Service of MN is the shared social ministry of congregations throughout Minnesota, touching one in every 65 Minnesotans and providing services in every county of the state. Grace University is a faithful contributor to these ministries, and an active partner in the work of LSS. Please join us on March 4 at the Adult Forum to hear an update on LSS services, focusing on Youth Services. The class will be led by Pastor Kathryn A. Tiede, the Senior Director of Church Partnership and Philanthropy at Lutheran Social Service of MN.
March 11—Have Patience, God is Clever!
After Karen Franzmeier’s accident 16 years ago, she had to learn how to live with traumatic brain injury. That learning still continues today. For Karen, “every day is a new day,” involving acceptance of challenges through faith. Join us to hear more from Karen about her experience.
March 18—Cross Talk: What Is the Meaning of Jesus’ Crucifixion?
Most of our Lenten and Holy Week hymns speak about Jesus’ death as a sacrifice for our sins. But is that the only meaning? Feminist theologians have raised questions such as, “Did God require Jesus to die? If so, what kind of God is that?” Liberation theologians see the cross as Jesus suffering with us. James Cone says the cross is like the lynching tree where so many innocent Black people were crucified. Many Jewish people see the cross as a terrifying symbol because Jews have been blamed for Jesus’ death in the New Testament and beyond. What about you? Join Grace member Barbara Lundblad to explore different ways of seeing the cross, not only at a distance but in our own lives.
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!