Adult education at Bethel features a one-hour Sunday morning Adult Forum, a welcoming, inclusive gathering of people who want to learn about and discuss a wide range of topics. Among our interests are Christian life and faith, including personal life and faith journeys and spiritual growth; contemporary social and ethical issues; Christian history and tradition; understanding the Bible; and non-Christian religions. Session leaders come from a variety of backgrounds and include members of Bethel and visiting scholars and experts. Those attending and leading the Adult Forum at Bethel engage with one another through open, respectful, questioning conversation.
The Bethel community has a commitment to excellence in Christian education. Over the years, the Adult Forum has also provided the venue for examining our congregational worship life, critiquing and supporting many of Bethel’s areas of mission—care for creation, non-violence, and inter-faith dialogue—and for growing together in spirit, community, and faith.
Adult Education takes place in the Fellowship Hall from 8:45 – 9:45am on Sundays.
We welcome you to attend any or all of the Adult Forum sessions. You can move in and out of the discussions, depending on your interests. Perhaps you would like to know more about a topic you have never explored, or maybe you are drawn to a conversation for which you have already formulated your own questions and thoughts. Please come to listen, learn, and converse. For information about upcoming Adult Forum sessions, please see below.
Adult Forum January 2019
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri – Janice Raeber, VP for Development, will discuss the history and services of LFCS, which traces its beginnings to an orphanage established in 1868, and how the critical needs of families and children are being met today.
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“Roamin’ Through Romans” – Dr. Toby Winright, St. Louis University, will lead us through a critical look at Romans 13:1-5 where we read “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.” We will learn about the original context of these words and how they have been interpreted throughout the years, including by Martin Luther. We will conclude with discussion about how they continue to be used today and what their meaning can be for us in our complex world.
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