Adult Forum September 2020

The Adult Forum will be delivered via a Zoom Meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. Information on how to connect to the Zoom meeting will be shared via a Bethel Connection email. If you are not receiving the Bethel Connection emails, please contact the church office office @ bethelstl.org to be added to the email list.

WEDNESDAY September 16, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00pm

“The New Face of Grief”

Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg

During the 2020 COVID 19 pandemic, rates of depression are skyrocketing. Often though, the depressed mood may actually be unrecognized grief. People are experiencing so many losses: time in community, such as church, but also events: graduations, prom,  celebrations for births and birthdays,  travel, and holidays. There are deeper losses, too, such as not being able to attend funeral gatherings for beloved family members and friends. Compared to being sick or dying, we may dismiss these losses as insignificant,  but they can still take a toll on our psychological well being.  Margaret (Peg) will discuss how we cope with unacknowledged grief to maintain our emotional balance in a topsy-turvy world.

Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety. She is an international speaker and author of 8 books on anxiety and depression.  Margaret is a friend of Bethel and has presented at our Adult Forums in the past.

WEDNESDAY September 23, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00pm

“Blessing the Marriage of Fear and Hope in a Time of Crises”

Brenda Light Bredemeier & David Light Shields

None of us are immune to fear. Today our fears are augmented by crises like the coronavirus pandemic, environmental disaster, and systems of violence based on race and poverty. These realities have been revealed in our personal lives and on a global scale, and they intersect in ways that seem to fuel their strength and our fear. While fear can be destructive, it can also be a source of insight and wisdom about what is and what could be; it can inspire creativity and uncover resilience. We find these hidden treasures when we marry fear to hope. In this session, we will reflect on what we have learned from these crises about ourselves, our church, and our community, and will share ideas, resources, and strategies that have helped us and could possibly generate constructive actions and essential changes.

Brenda Light Bredemeier & David Light Shields, Bethel members, college and university professors, researchers, authors of over 100 publications, including 8 books, frequently focusing on character development and citizenship education.

WEDNESDAY September 30, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00pm

“Shared Congregational Issues in a Time of COVID-19”

The Rev. Dale Kuhn

This session will address the long-term impact of COVID–19 on congregational life as the church yearns for “New Life” post pandemic. Dale will discuss with us his learnings about what church life might look like once we are free to gather together again. His thoughts come from consultations with many local pastors and professional church workers as well as from expert opinions from church consultants from across the US. Congregations of all denominations have been going through significant changes in membership, worship attendance and infrastructures and programs that used to work, but no longer seem viable.  This pandemic seems to be speeding the transitions that are already taking place.

The Rev. Dale Kuhn, MA, MDiv, STM, LCSW, AAPC Diplomate. Dale is currently Clergy & Congregational Care Program Coordinator at Care & Counseling, where he has served over 40 years with that organization and retired recently as its Executive Director.

Evelyn MeyerAdult Forum September 2020