Adult Forums are held each Sunday September-May at Grace in the Peace Chapel at 9:20 am (no forums December 22 or 29, or April 12). Find the coffee in the kitchen, and then find a chair in the peace chapel! All are welcome.
October 20 — Bright Stars of Bethlehem
All is NOT calm and bright in Bethlehem – or in the rest of Occupied Palestinian Territories. Separation walls and check points, limited travel, minimal access to health care, property demolitions… Carla Carlson will describe the work of the U.S. nonprofit Bright Stars of Bethlehem, its network in Minnesota, and the organization’s special focus on creating brighter futures for children and youth. The presentation provides insights into the reality of restrictions placed on the people of Palestine in day-to-day life, based on Carla’s travels through the West Bank in June 2019.
October 27 — The Economic Case for Investing in Young Children
Federal Reserve economists have concluded that well-focused investments in early childhood development can yield annual inflation-adjusted returns as high as 18 percent. Taxpayers benefit through reduced need for social assistance, increased income tax revenue, less burden on the criminal justice system and fewer children needing remedial education services. Furthermore, a high-quality child care industry is essential for parents to enter the workforce and achieve higher levels of productivity at their jobs. Rob Grunewald, an economist in the community development department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will highlight research on the economic benefits of investing in young children and the health and education policies and programs that help children get off to a strong start.
November 3 — Parenting
Description on it’s way!
November 10 — Living Wisely and Well
After the initial euphoria of the freedom of retirement wears off, a host of interesting questions begin to call for attention. Based on their 18-month research efforts, Grace members Becky and Tom von Fischer will share some of their observations about these and other questions: What’s most important to you at this point in your life, your core values? What’s on your mind as you think about what may lie ahead as you age and change? As you deal with the issue of your future living arrangements, what are key questions and issues you need to address? Whether you plan to “age in place,” or move to a senior retirement setting, what do the cost/benefits look like? If you plan to move to a senior retirement setting, what are some timing considerations, such as wait lists? What can you do to live wisely and well as you age and change?
November 17 — Native Pollinators and Healthy Habitats
What makes an ecosystem sustainable, whether in your back yard or in a forest? Insect diversity is more than honey bees and butterflies. Member Margot Monson will discuss how Minnesota’s native pollinators are key to healthy habitats.
November 24 — Homeless – Who, What (can we do), Where (can they find help)
The senior nursing students who have been with Cheryl Lanigan this semester have put together some information to help us understand those who are homeless. They will present some statistics, share some information about various categories of people who may experience homelessness and offer some thoughts about resources and things we can do to help when someone comes to Grace’s door. This will be followed by discussion of how we would like to respond to our homeless visitors.
December 1 — Birthing into Death: The Work of a Death Doula
You may have heard the terms “Death Doula” or “End of Life Doula” and wondered what this work might entail. Similar to the work of a Birth Doula assisting in bringing new life into this world, an End of Life / Death Doula assists the dying as they transition from this life into death. Nina Guertin, Grace member and Death Doula, will discuss her sacred work and how End of Life Doulas can help others to prepare for their deaths through death education, deep listening, vigil (transition) planning, memorial / funeral planning, and personalized ritual.
December 8 — Documentary Film “The River and the Wall”
The River and the Wallis a scenic documentary film that follows five friends as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico. They explore the potential impact of a wall on the natural environment as well as the human side of the immigration debate. We will show excerpts from the film, followed by a discussion led by Karen Van Norman.
December 15 — Christmas Hymn Sing led by Siri Garnaas
December 22 — NO FORUM
December 29 — NO FORUM