Adult Forum

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 March 2018
March 11 and 18 – “Confronting Worry, Anxiety, and Depression”
Guest speaker:  Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., author and international lecturer.


March 11
The Purpose  of Worry (and how to manage it) – In this session we will explore worry as a response to anxiety that makes anxiety worse. We will look at several helpful ways to stop worrying and be more effective at managing anxious feelings.


March 18
Managing Depression: Changing Helpless and Hopeless thinking – Recognizing that “ruminative thinking” in depression centers on themes of helplessness and hopelessness, we’ll look at ways to change that thinking, stop ruminating and develop a more hopeful frame to approach life’s challenges.


March 25 – “Faith and Science in the Post-truth Era” 
Speaker: Bethel member Kevin Powell


Kevin Powell holds MD and PhD degrees and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, specializing in the care of hospitalized children. Prior to medical school he worked as a chemical engineer in industry and academia.  He has chaired hospital ethics committees, performed clinical ethics consults and was on the board of the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science, and Technology.  Reflecting his deep interest in promoting awareness and dialogue about the interface between science and faith, his current research is on the theory of knowledge and the limitations of Evidence Based Medicine.

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