Adult Forums are held each Sunday September-May at Grace in the Peace Chapel at 9:20 am (no forums December 23 or 30, January 6, or April 21). Find the coffee in the kitchen, and then find a chair in the peace chapel! All are welcome.
December 16—Advent and Christmas Carol Sing
Do you have a favorite Christmas carol? Join Nancy Olson at the adult forum to sing Advent and Christmas music. All ages are welcome!
December 23, 30 and January 6—No Forum
January 13—Wastewater 101: Do You Know Where Your Wastewater Goes?
Karalynn Marr, Grace member and an engineer in the Industrial Waste Section of the Metropolitan Council, will give an overview of wastewater treatment in the metro area and discuss our role in using water responsibly.
January 20—A New Ministry at Grace
This fall Grace entered into a new outreach ministry with the Brian Coyle Community Center Food Shelf to provide volunteers and funding so that more fresh produce would be available for distribution. Join Dan Guenthner, Margaret Pennings, Karen Van Norman and Brian Coyle staff members as we take a closer look at the obstacles and challenges to providing more nutritional food to new immigrant communities.
January 27—Rethink Your Drink
It’s a new year. Have you resolved to lose weight? Usually we focus on decreasing the amount or type of food we consume in order to take in fewer calories. Another way to cut calories may be to think about what we drink. Calories in drinks are on the nutrition fact label, but many of us don’t realize just how many calories beverages can contribute to our daily intake. Cheryl Lanigan will suggest some alternative beverage options to consider to decrease the calories we consume.
February 3—Recovery from White Conditioning
Join Cristina Coombs, Senior Clinical Supervisor with Wilder School-Based Mental Health, as we examine ways in which white supremacist ideology lives in us and around us, whether we’ve invited it in willfully or not. We will learn about a 12 Step model that can help us fight against and recover from white conditioning.
February 10—The Call to be a Public Church in a Conflicted Culture
What are the greatest opportunities and challenges we face in being the Church today? Are we defined by diminishment, loss and nostalgic longing for a more vibrant past or by God’s call to be signs of God’s promised future? If the latter, what might that mean in our rapidly changing, increasingly diverse and often deeply divided culture? Former ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson will lead this conversation as we ponder these questions.
February 17—Practical Criminal Justice System Reform
Thomas Adams, President and CEO of Better Futures Minnesota, will discuss the challenges in our criminal justice system, particularly racial disparities. This forum will include conversation around the roles public, private, and religious organizations can play in facilitating workable reforms.
February 24—Thinking Restoratively in the Justice System and at Home
Grace University has provided financial support to Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice since 2011. Join Michele Braley for a refresher on restorative justice, an update on SLRJ’s challenges and successes, and discussion about using a restorative framework in all of our relationships.