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.
January 26 — The Truth about Trash
Properly managing waste through reduction, reuse and recycling is vital for helping mitigate our changing climate. Economic pressure from depressed market value of recyclables commodities is testing political support for our recycling efforts. Hennepin County recycling experts Paul Kroening and Nancy Lo will explain the climate change impacts of properly managing our waste, and how recycling and composting the right things and not “wish cycling” help the economics of our recycling programs. Bring your questions about what you can and can’t recycle for Paul and Nancy.
February 2 — Religion Meets Science
Explore the intersections of our faith with our scientific knowledge about the origins of our universe, our place in it, and the different ways in which humans come to “know” things. Questions such as “are we alone?” and “was the universe created for us?” are examples of how science and religion each play a role in helping us understand who we are. We will start with some conversations between Pastor Dan Garnaas and astrophysics professor Lawrence Rudnick, from the University of Minnesota, and open things up for everyone to help explore these fascinating topics. Bring your sense of curiosity and wonder and awe at our marvelous universe!
February 9 — Toward a World without Homelessness
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative is a powerful coalition of congregations working together to provide temporary and permanent shelter and services for those in our community experiencing homelessness. The Wall of Forgotten Natives, the recent blaze at the Francis Drake Hotel and the loss of five precious lives in the Cedar-Riverside apartment fire are just the most recent examples of the need for safe, stable housing. Craig Freeman, Beacon’s Community Connections Manager, will describe the impact Beacon is having on our community and our future, including Beacon’s vision for Bimosedaa, which will provide culturally relevant housing and programs for members of the Native community.
February 16 — Saint Paul Human Rights Commission
February 23 — Spiritual Resilience on Common Ground
How do we cope with our fast-paced and often troubling world? How do we foster compassion, awe, hope, gratitude, inspiration, joy and love in ourselves and others? Grace member Connie Fourré will present a practical model for developing spiritual resilience that is true to our Christian tradition, backed by research, and achievable. Based on seven core spiritual practices, this approach provides a framework and language that transcends differences in beliefs and finds common spiritual ground where we can grow together.
March 1 — John O’Donohue on Beauty