Provocative and thoughtful conversations are intended to spark your imagination and help participants explore the full spectrum of faith and life. Guest speakers and featured presenters on a whole range of topics are scheduled and curated by the Adult Ed Committee. Often the topics are intended to compliment the stories that are explored in worship or others areas of our life together.
As we continue to have suspended in-person ministry, we will gather virtually from 10-10:45am each Sunday morning. We use the ZOOM video conferencing platform. There is a video tutorial at the bottom of this page if you are unfamiliar with connecting via Zoom. Note, this does require that you install an application on the device you plan to use (desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone) so you’ll want to be prepared in advance of our scheduled meeting time.
This link will be live at 9:30am where folks gather for Coffee, Cookies & Conversation prior to the start of the Forum.
|Sept. 13||“Living in a Cracked World: The Power and Promise of Evil” – A presentation and discussion facilitated by PoP member Scott Tunseth. Scott is an ordained Lutheran pastor who has a long-serving ministry as an editor with 1517 Media (formerly Augsburg publishing).|
|Sept. 20||“When Being Doubtful IS Being Faithful” – a presentation and discussion facilitated by Peter Christ, Prince of Peace’s Lead Pastor. The inspiration for this session comes from this resource published by the Women of the ELCA (WELCA).|
|Sept. 27||“Reconciliation Stories” – A presentation and discussion facilitated by PoP member Stephen Sveom. Steve is a recently retired Lutheran pastor.|
|Oct. 4||“Held Captive by Covid: The US Public Health Response” – A conversation with Dr. Renée Crichlow, U of MN Assistant Professor and Director of Advocacy and Policy in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and the inaugural Mac Baird Endowed Chair in Family Medicine Advocacy and Policy. Dr. Crichlow is an active practitioner of family medicine here in the Twin Cities and frequent contributor and guest on Minnesota Public Radio.|
|Oct. 11||“Crossing the Divide and Coming Together” – Is there a right way to fight, without vitriol, name-calling and bad faith arguments? How can Americans have difficult political discussions without descending into all-out conflict? A search for these answers and more with Jordy Sargent, MN State Coordinator for Braver Angels.|
|Oct. 18||“God’s Hopeful Work in a Time of Disruption“ – A presentation and discussion with Dr. Michael Chan, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary.|
|Oct. 25||“Building Houses Fit for Kings, God & Neighbor” – A conversation with the Prince of Peace Affordable Housing Team.|
|Nov. 1||“Our Anxious Hearts” – A time of reflection and spiritual practice with Pastor Ruth Sorenson-Prokosch. This will be time of practice together as we center ourselves in God’s spirit to tend to the anxiety many of us are experiencing.|
|Nov. 8||“On Gratitude” – We express gratitude by saying “thank you” to someone who has helped us or given us a gift. From a scientific perspective, however, gratitude is not just an action: it is also an emotion that serves a beneficial purpose. Through creation then, God has given us another opportunity to thrive through our thanks giving. Join the conversation with Pastor Peter Christ.|
|Nov. 15||“Giving that reflects God & YOU” – How do we ensure the harvests we share are done so wisely and with consideration for the bigger picture? Ordained Lutheran Pastor and Thrivent Financial Consultant Ethan Hulme will lead a presentation on best practices for estate planning and charitable giving. Bring your questions.|
|Nov. 22||“Investing in the Church with Technology” – Pastor Peter and Chris Thornton will review the variety of ways we’ve been investing in the mission of the church through recent upgrades in technology.|
|Nov. 29||“The Gospel of Luke” – Starting in Advent until Easter Luke will be our guide. Carol Swanson and Steve Sveom will introduce major themes of the gospel: joy, forgiveness, prayer, the work of the Spirit.|