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.
September 8 — Youth Mission Trip: Idaho
The Grace Youth Group will report on the summer mission trip to Idaho where they served through Idaho Servant Adventures doing projects on a local person’s home, enjoyed the mountains and reflected on time together.
September 15 — An Asylum Seeker Tells Her Story
Have you ever wondered what it like to be an asylum seeker? Patricia Mokoena Bjerke, daughter of Anita Hill and Janelle Bussert, will share her story in this Adult Forum. She will talk about growing up in South Africa, the saga of immigrating, first to El Salvador, and then the journey through Guatemala and Mexico to the United States. Finally, she will share her insights on the issue of immigration in our country and what we need to know about this harrowing experience that so many are going through right now.
September 22 — An Introduction to Grace’s Grief and Healing Group through Artwork
Susan Gangsei is a weaving artist whose work will be displayed in our Peace Chapel. Her weavings are a reflection of her experience as the caregiver of her husband as they both coped with his Parkinson’s Disease. Susan has written two books and spoken frequently about her caregiving experiences to caregivers in the community. We are displaying her work as an introduction to our own Grace grief group which will begin in September. In Susan’s words:
….the past 20 years of my life have been about healing. Not about finding a cure for a “disease” but about finding renewal/wholeness in the middle of disease. My husband had Parkinson’s disease for 13 years and we searched for ways of improving his quality of life despite his Parkinson’s. After his death I was broken and exhausted by years of caregiving. I have worked for the past 5 years to build a new life and regain my health. Now in our world of divisiveness and physical/emotional violence, I search for ways to heal our society and world.
Susan will share and answer questions about how her art was a solace and an expression of her faith and love. Please join us.
September 29 — Practical Criminal Justice Reform
Thomas Adams, PhD, President and CEO of Better Futures Minnesota, will discuss the challenges in our criminal justice system, particularly racial disparities. We will have conversation around the roles public, private and religious organizations can play in facilitating workable reforms. (This forum was rescheduled from last February.)