Professor Clint McCann, Eden Seminary, will lead us in discussions about selected psalms that are appointed for use in the season of Lent. The goal for each of the three sessions will be to discern how these ancient poems still speak to us today in a world that is remarkably different from their original context and how these psalms contribute to our observance of the season of Lent.
|On December 17 at the regular time of 8:45am Pastor Yancey: “The Gospel of Mark” – What is central in Mark’s message; how does this Gospel differ from the other Gospels; how does Mark’s Gospel relate to modern day life?|
REFORMATION 2017: LOOKING BACK AND CALLED FORWARD
October 8 – “Music and Church Renewal: a Conversation with Dr. Stephen Mager” – You are invited to submit questions or discussion topics to Valerie Yancey in person or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com
October 15 – “Renewing the Church: Facing the Crisis of Identity” – Dr. Michael Hoy and Pr. Yancey will propose that just as Luther struggled with doubt and fear, so we also contend with doubts and fears about meaning and identity. They will show that the message of the Gospel can inspire us and set us free in the midst of this crisis and will invite responses and discussion.
October 22 –“Reforming Questions, Radical Hearts” Pr. Rebecca Boardman, Lutheran Campus Ministry, will lead a discussion on how young adults create community, experience faith, and seek meaning beyond Church.
October 29 – “Other Reformations” – Dr. Adam Ployd, Eden Theological Seminary, will examine the wide range of reform movements in the Church and how they shaped our current Western Christian world.
April 23, 30 & May 14
Presented by Dr. Laurel Koepf Taylor (Eden Seminary)
Based on research and stories from Genesis, Dr. Laurel Koepf Taylor will lead conversations about biblical family structures, the importance of children in the world of the Bible, and biblical family values for today.
Everyone is invited to gather to review the Adult Forum sessions held this past year and to discuss ideas for next year.
March 12 – “Immigrants, Eden Seminary, and the United Church of Christ”
Scott Holl, Archivist at Eden Theological Seminary, will trace Eden’s history beginning with 19th German immigrants in Missouri whose background included a blend of both Lutheran and Reformed traditions. The presentation will also provide an understanding of the makeup and character of the current United Church of Christ, one of the ecumenical partners of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Pr. Yancey will lead the Adult Forum sessions on March 19 and 26 on “Rethinking Doctrine: What I Have Learned after 30 Years of Preaching.”
“The Faith of Islam”—Dr. Sabina Fatima, Southern Illinois University will address general questions about Islam, about being Muslim in our city and nation at this time, and about women in Islam.
February 19 & 26:
Together we will examine some of the relevant biblical and historical material related to understanding the death of Jesus and will also reflect on the possibilities of rethinking atonement in our time and place.
Bethel Adult Forum May 2014
May 4- Center Service NO ADULT FORUM
May 11-Wrap up Adult Forum Breakfast. For program, Instead of our regular forum planning session, we will have the opportunity to view a film “Bag It.” We had scheduled the viewing earlier in the year for an evening educational event but we were snowed out. The film helps us learn more about how we can be green advocates in a very simple way.
THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER GOOD YEAR OF ADULT FORUM!
Deacon, Adult Education
Bethel Adult Forum April 2014
April 13-Palm Sunday NO ADULT FORUM
April 20-Easter Sunday NO ADULT FORUM
April 27- Dr. Barbara Leighton will share her experiences from her 2014 medical mission trip to Ghana. Join us to hear remarkable, sobering, and hopeful stories (and pictures) of medical practice and education advocacy in Ghana.
Bethel Adult Forum March 2014
ENGAGING THE AGING: HEY GOD, WHAT ABOUT THESE EXTRA YEARS?
How often have we heard that we have an “aging” church, communities, and country? Have you noticed that increasingly more TV commercials and magazine ads are geared to people over the age of 65? The March Bethel Adult Forum features topics related to aging. Maybe the topics are interesting to you because you are “getting up there” yourself, or you want to understand how to help better and companion an elderly grandparent, parent, or friend. This series is for YOU! Please feel welcomed to attend adult forum, especially if this is your first time, for great speakers, great topics, and great conversation (and coffee, too).
March 9: Rev. Walt Schoedel, Director of LSS Church Relations, will begin our series on Engaging the Aging, with his vision and call for church ministry to aging populations. The title of his presentation, “Engaging the Aging or Hey God, what about these extra years?” sets the theme for the remaining discussions in March. We will be “doing” aging ministry by bring these health and faith discussions to our adult forum discussion. The following presentations are offered to us by University of Missouri-St. Louis Gerontology Program faculty members who have nationally recognized expertise in aging issues.
March 16: Dr Tom Meuser: Driving & Aging: Timing the Driving to Non-Driving Mobility Transition. Driving is important for personal mobility in advancing age, yet not something we can all do safely past age 70. This presentation will review what’s known about aging and driving, and provide suggestions for staying behind the wheel safely when appropriate and retiring with grace when not. Video clips will highlight different teaching points
March 23: Dr Hedva Levy – Knowing & Managing Medications for Successful Aging As we age, our bodies and metabolic patterns necessarily change. At the same time, we often need more medication to manage health conditions. It becomes increasingly important that we understand the unintended effects of medications in an elderly population to avoid medication related health problems.
March 30: Dr. Suzanne Doyle– Learning & Growing at the End of Life. Elders and their family members and caregivers face challenging issues when approaching the end of life: recognizing predictable changes in aging bodies, differentiating normal aging from pathology, making decisions about medical care that may be lifesaving or merely death-prolonging, and developing ways to make the richest use of remaining time.
Please join us for meaningful conversations about these topics and more!
Bethel Adult Forum February 2014
Join Dr. Clint McCann, Evangelical Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Eden Seminary, for two more sessions on Old Testament Biblical interpretation. Dr. McCann introduces this series: As the Bible itself recognizes, violence in self and society is not a new problem, but it seems particularly acute, pervasive, and threatening in our time. In these sessions, we shall engage in a basic question: In confronting violence in the world is the Bible a help or a hindrance?
February 16: Violence and Vengeance in the Psalms (Psalms 109, 137, 139)
February 23: Jesus and Non-violence
Bethel Adult Forum January 2014
January 12- Faith and Life- Sherman Lee
Sherman will share his faith journey which includes: a childhood trying to fit in as an unchurched Chinese-American in a WASP society; a deep appreciation for pop culture which surprisingly helped bring him to church; his eventual baptism as a grad student by Pastor Bill at Bethel in 1985; and subsequent years of lay ministry with youth, music, and the Crossings Community.
January 19 and January 26 ELCA Social Statements Discussion with Vicar Tina
On August 17, 2013, the ELCA National Assembly approved the social statement, “The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries”. On Sundays January 19 and 26, Vicar Tina leads us in a discussion on why the church is called to talk together about tough social issues. After exploring the ELCA process of discernment for Social Statements and Social Messages, we will take a deep look at portions of the Criminal Justice Statement. If you are interested in looking at the entire statement, please download a copy from the ELCA webpage or contact Vicar Tina to have a copy printed for you.
Bethel Adult Forum December 2013
Center Service. No Adult Forum. Join us in creating advent wreaths as we also stand with others across the globe in remembering World AIDS day.
ADVENT SING and brunch! Stephen Mager will join us at the piano as we Prepare the Way in song! We will provide the music books and take “requests” to sing your favorite advent hymns. The fellowship hall will be filled with advent activities: The Fair Trade Bazaar, our music, and an advent brunch. Please join us!
Jesus: The Way of Peace and Non-violence. A central meaning of the cross of Christ is that violence has forever lost all justification. As the community of Christ, we are called to encounter the non-violence of Jesus and to work for the restoration of life for those for whom life is threatened and diminished by violence. Join Pastor Bill for the last of our presentations on thinking through the social, theological, and scriptural concepts of violence and non-violence.
Open Forum on Violence and Non-violence. Realizing that in offering over the last 6 weeks many provocative topics around violence and non-violence, we will use this hour for a group discussion, providing people with an opportunity to voice their questions, opinions, and insights.