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 November 2019
|November 10, 2019
A ‘New’ New Testament
Hal Taussig, Pastor, retired Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York
Regarding his book of the same name, “A New New Testament,” noted colleagues say: “Important both historically and theologically. Readers will not be able to see the New Testament in the same way again.” – Marcus Borg; “A New New Testament does what some of us never dreamed possible: it opens the treasure chest of early Christian writing, restoring a carefully select few of them to their rightful place in the broad conversation about who Jesus was, what he did and taught, and what all of that has to do with us now.” – Barbara Brown Taylor
||November 17, 2019
Pope Francis & the Banning of Nuclear Weapons
Tobias Winright, Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics & Theological Ethics at Saint Louis University, Visiting Research Fellow (Fall 2019) at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame
Pope Francis has called for nuclear disarmament and has more recently said that even the possession of nuclear weapons is immoral. Prof. Winright will tell us more about Pope Francis’ statements and will explore Christian ethical perspectives on nuclear weapons in both national and global contexts.
|November 24, 2019
Addressing Local Food Scarcity through Good Ground Pantry
Wayne Flesch, Bethel Coordinator for the “Good Ground” emergency food pantry at Second Presbyterian Church
Bethel Mission Board Chair Wayne Flesch will lead a team of Good Ground Pantry volunteers who will tell us about their critically important ministry to help address local food scarcity. Bethel member Carroll Dick will also share information about food pantry ministry in the St. Louis area.
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