ADULT FORUM Sundays 9:15 AM, in the Fellowship Hall
Beginning January 8, 2023: Our study of “Religion and Revolution in the 18th Century,” examines Christianity in our modern world.
We begin examining Christianity with conflicts that have arisen in the USA in the late 20th and 21st centuries, examine its theology in Latin America, then consider its nature in Africa, China, and Korea. Our final lesson will consider the future of Christianity as it interacts with other world religions and modern trends. All are invited!
Each lesson can be viewed and understood independently. For more information, see or contact David Follstaedt at email@example.com
PAST ADULT FORUMS
Sundays – June 5th & 12th – 9:15 AM
(between our morning worship Services)
This “Social Statement” was adopted by a church wide Assembly in 1991 and still continues to speak to a church body that is divided over this controversial issue. We will examine the document, its theological assumptions, it’s critique of “rights language” and its conclusions that “Abortion ought to be an option only of last resort. Therefore, as a church, we seek to reduce the need to turn to abortion as the answer to unintended pregnancies.”
The History of Christianity II
Starting Sunday February 6 9:15 AM (immediately after the 8:15 AM service) In the Fellowship Hall Beginning February 6, Adult Forum will watch and discuss a series from The Great Courses entitled “The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch,” by Molly Worthen, Ph.D., Professor of History, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. We previously studied Christian history up to the Reformation. This course will examine the big changes brought by the Reformation during Medieval times and continue with subsequent developments up to Christian churches currently in America and the rest of the world. Prof. Worthen’s research interests include studying the tension between traditional religion and modern thinking in today’s world. We expect to learn a lot about today’s Christianity: How it came to be and how we fit into the current religious culture. Participation by those attending produces a greater, enriching experience for everyone in Forum. Please bring your religious background and join us for discussions! Join us. Coffee will be available.
Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms, painting by Anton Von Wermer, 1877.
Featuring: Presentations at “The Forgotten Luther” symposium held in Washington, D.C., in November, 2017
When remembering the Reformation, Lutherans typically think about Martin Luther’s theological reforms, such as summarized in his phrase “Saved by grace alone”. They often overlook Luther’s social reforms and the part of his theology addressing care for our neighbor’s well being.
At this symposium, leading scholars, theologians and Lutheran church leaders examine Luther’s legacy. They find that he was not only concerned with directly alleviating hunger and poverty, but also correcting the systematic causes of these problems in society. The result is that from both our heritage and our theology (eg., Luther’s Catechisms), addressing social problems is seen to be a very Lutheran thing to do.