Adult Forums are held each Sunday September-May at Grace in the Peace Chapel at 9:20 am (no forums December 30 or April 21 (Easter). Find the coffee in the kitchen, and then find a chair in the peace chapel! All are welcome.
Are you interested in any—or all!—of the following? Here are some topics that will be addressed in our forums this coming year:
•Mental health, depression and recovery
•Immigration policy and the immigrant experience
•Inclusion of LGBTQ in the ELCA
•Academic achievement gap
•Evolution of ethics
•Lutherans in Minnesota
September 23—Strategies for Promoting Mental Health
Courtney Wells, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, will provide an overview of mental health, including the causes of mental disorders and strategies for promoting mental health. Courtney speaks from both a professional and personal perspective, laying the groundwork for the October 7 forum on depression and recovery.
September 30—Understanding Immigration in Perilous Times
Michele McKenzie, Deputy Director of The Advocates for Human Rights, will lead a discussion on recent immigration headlines, how our immigration laws and policies have evolved, and how we can respond as a community to welcome the stranger. This is the first of two forums on this important topic.
October 7—Depression and Trauma: A Personal Story
Join Grace member Becky Kjeldsen as she shares her story of surviving sexual abuse and recovering from depression. Through writing, therapy, and honoring her need for self-care, she is gradually re-establishing her self-concept as a strong and independent woman. Becky welcomes your questions and looks forward to this conversation.
October 14—The Midterm Elections: Making Your Voice Heard
The 2018 midterms are shaping up to be among the most important elections in decades. How can we make a difference? Led by Barbara Lundblad, Paul Ostrow, and Judy Stuthman, we will talk about ways to be an engaged citizen and share our experience as volunteers. We will also discuss the “mechanics” of voting, including registration and absentee ballots, as well as how to vote if you are a student.
October 21—Safeguarding the Mid-term Elections: Too Little Too Late?
Voting is the foundation of a healthy democracy. However, security experts agree that voting systems in many states are vulnerable and incorrect results could go undetected because of inadequate audits. The discussion will include lessons learned from the 2016 election, preparations for possible cyber attacks and why online voting is a bad idea. Mark Halvorson is the founder, former director and current board member of Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota. Max Hailperin is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics at Gustavus Adolphus College
October 28—Faith on the Move: Immigration Stories—Ours, Yours, Theirs
Using resources from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, we will look at biblical stories of migration and reflect on our own connections to migration stories and the stories of those around us. We’ll ask ourselves about meanings and consequences. Led by Stan Olson.