Adult Forum


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.   

Adult Forum November 2023

November 12:  “American Policy: Indian Pain”

Vance Blackfox, ELCA Director of Indigenous Ministries & Tribal Relations will discuss the creation of the Doctrine of Discovery, which provided religious justification for colonialism, as well as subsequent laws and policies that led to the current state of Native affairs in the U.S. — and how Native people have both suffered and resisted for over 500 years.

November 19: “Land Acknowledgements – What are they? What would a Bethel land acknowledgement look like?”

Matt Bear will lead a discussion about land acknowledgements, the significance of acknowledging and offering gratitude for the Indigenous people who lived on and cared for the land, and what a Bethel land acknowledgement might look like.

Adult Forum December 2023

December 10:  “Responding to LGBTQIA+ Issues in Missouri”

Pastor Tina Reyes joins Adult Forum to discuss the work of Reconciling Works and the Clergy Coalition to address the challenges facing the LGBTQIA+ community in Missouri.

December 17: “Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Names and Pronouns”

Community Advocate, Leigh Braxton, will present on Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Names and Pronouns. You are invited to attend and learn more about these topics from a subject matter expert.


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