ADULT EDUCATION AT BETHEL DURING COVID-19
Adult education at Bethel features a one-hour 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.
CONTINUING COVID CAUTION:
Because of ongoing COVID-19 concerns, our Adult Education Board will continue to offer the Bethel Adult Forum via Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm for at least the fall season, before attempting to resume the traditional Sunday morning schedule. Look for the Zoom link in your email usually the day before each presentation for more details about that Wednesday’s Forum.
During our pastoral vacancy, Bethel is focused on assessing our ministry in terms of addressing questions such as “Where might God be calling Bethel to action?” Our Winter-Spring Bethel Zoom Forums will provide Bethel members and friends with opportunities to look at more of our core ministries: Worship Life, Personal Spirituality, Faith Formation, Serving Opportunities, and more.
Please use this Zoom link to join Adult Forum.
January-February 2022 Theme: Our theme is “Bethel’s Worship Life.” As we continue to assess our mission during our Pastoral Interim and Transition, our focus for January will be the music ministry of our congregation.
Guest Speakers: Bethel’s Music Director Dr. Stephen Mager and Worship Board Chair Matt Bear.
January 5: Worship: Epiphany Eve Vespers
January 12-19-26: “Aspects of Bethel’s Worship Life”
February 2: Worship: The Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas Vespers)
Our most public ministry is worship on Sunday mornings as well as evening seasonal emphases. This worship foundation has been enriched by a half century of “Center Celebrations” that have encouraged creative liturgies and varieties of musical expression. During this time of pastoral transition, after our Fall 2021 focus on assessing other aspects of our mission as a congregation, we now focus on our most visible ministry. Our theme is illustrated by worship services that are bookends for our topics. Our presentations will also be informed by the “Nairobi Statement on Worship” of the Lutheran World Federation in 1994: Worship is (1) transcultural, (2) contextual, (3) counter-cultural, and (4) cross-cultural