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 & April 2019
March 10
“Living Lent: The Way of Jesus”

Pastor John Lottes

We will engage in a study of Lenten readings from the Gospel of St. Luke both to enhance our Lenten observance and to discover practical applications for our lives.

March 17 (rescheduled from February 10)
“Resilience: The Queen of Virtues”
Dr. Richard Johnson
Resilience is a process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, or loss — a  “bouncing back” from difficult experiences. Join a discussion about resilience led by Dr. Johnson, a friend of Bethel who specializes in issues related to adult spiritual development.
March 24
“Legacy and Financial Decisions”
Stephen Phelps, Bethel Member
Stephen will describe his role as ELCA Regional Gift Planner for the Central States Synod and will lead a discussion on legacy planning and making personal financial decisions.
March 31 & April 14
“Children’s Character and Moral Development”

Dr. Marvin Berkowitz, UMSL

The speaker will address aspects of promoting positive character development in children toward becoming healthy adults who are effective moral agents and contributors to their societies. For more information about Dr. Berkowitz, including his publications, professional activities, and awards, see

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