ADULT EDUCATION AT BETHEL
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.
Adult Forum has returned to the traditional Sunday morning schedule at Bethel, 8:30AM coffee and pastries in the Fellowship Hall with the presentation beginning at 8:45AM.
Speaker: Erica Williams, A Red Circle Erica Willams, Founder of Executive Director of A Red Circle, will describe how the organization works to “promote community betterment in North County, through a racial justice lens.” Her vision is to create and encourage spaces and opportunities in North St. Louis County that will lead to better health and economic prosperity. Bethel members have participated in volunteer activities at A Red Circle.
January 15Speaker: Pastor Merle Brockhoff “Parables of the Lost.” Pastor Merle continues his look at the parables of Jesus, focusing on Luke’s Gospel this time and the three parables Jesus tells to the grumbling pharisees, the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son(s). Drop in for a lively look at three narrative parables that are meant to build on one another. January 22 Speaker: Steve Popolawski Could you name the committee and volunteer activities? Do you know how to become involved in a committee or activity? Would you like a chance to become more involved? How does volunteer activity contribute to our sense of community as a congregation? How is volunteer activity related to stewardship? This session offers an opportunity to learn more about how we can become more active members of the congregation.