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 September 2019
September 8
“Liturgical Dance” featuring insights by Laura Roth

Bethel member Laura Roth will share her experiences with liturgical dance and her creative process behind them.  The presentation will also include group discussion on the potential uses of dance in worship and a video clip and other images related to liturgical dance.

September 15
Welcome Bishop Candea!

Pr. Susan Candea, who will take office as bishop of the Central States Synod on September 1, will lead a discussion on Synod priorities and will field questions about the work and life of the Synod and the ELCA.  She will also be the guest preacher at the 10 am service.
September 22
“Migrant Children Seeking Asylum”
Brenda Bredemeier & Kathy Petersen

Both speakers are faculty at UMSL and will share their experiences as witnesses to the plight of migrant children in Homestead, Florida.
September 29
“Intergenerational Service Sunday”
Deborah Grupe, Director of Child, Youth & Family Ministries at Bethel

During the education hour for this first “Fifth Sunday of Service, Deb will introduce herself in her new position at Bethel and tell us about the emerging priorities of her ministry. Then participants of all ages will work together on some small care packages for our college students.

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