Adult Forum


Each Sunday morning after worship, adults in the congregation are invited to join together to explore a topic of interest to the congregation, the Church, or the world.

Adult Forums for September 2017

Fall is near, and that means that we will be offering educational opportunities for people of all ages. We hope you’ll be able to join us for the Adult Forum presentations on September 10, 17 and 24. The forums begin at 10:50, conclude by noon and are held at the narthex conference table.

Thank you to Dan Raney, Midge Kjome and Don Berg for their faithful years of service on the adult forum sub-committee. Their terms ended May, 2017. The new adult forum sub-committee members are Dick Ylvisaker and Jutta Anderson and are led by Pr. Marion. Please let us know if you have suggestions for upcoming forums.

Sept. 24th – Dr. Todd Green: Islamophobia and International Affairs: My Year at the State Department

Dr. Todd Green, Associate Professor of Religion at Luther College, will join us for the adult forum on September 24 to share experiences and insights from his sabbatical year at the State Department. He will talk about the challenges of advising State Department employees and diplomats on Islamophobia and on engaging Muslim communities in Europe and elsewhere. He will also offer reflections on how the dramatic change in the political climate during his time there affected his work.


Sunday, October 1, 10:50 am — Adult Forum: Luther College Theatre Department’s The Life of Galileo — Congregation member and Luther Assistant Professor of Theatre, Bobby Vrtis, will talk about Bertolt Brecht’s play, The Life of Galileo, to be performed October 5-7. Brecht was drawn to the subject of Galileo’s life because of his interest in the tension between a desire to speak (and discover) the truth and the need to survive in difficult times. Vrtis also plans to talk about Brecht’s theories of what theatre should do and how that is shaping the Luther College production. 

Sunday, October 8, 10:50 am — Adult Forum: Special 500th Anniversary of the Reformation — Luther College Associate Professor of History Robert Christman –Professor Christman will speak about Notre Dame Professor Brad Gregory’s new biography of Martin Luther, Rebel in the Ranks:  Martin Luther, The Reformation, and the Conflicts that Continue to Shape our World.  He will also provide a brief overview of the field of Reformation Studies, its changing emphases, newest avenues of investigation, and most recent insights.  Christman’s research interests focus on the German reformation, late Medieval and early modern Europe history, including the intersection of Islam and Christianity.

Sunday, October 15, 10:50 am — Adult Forum: Stewardship for All Seasons – Join us for the kick-off of our fall stewardship campaign. 

Sunday, October 22, 10:50 am — Adult forum: Special 500th Anniversary of the Reformation — Rick Steves’ “Luther and the Reformation”, a documentary video provided by the ELCA. Additional information and discussion questions are available on the ELCA’s website

Sunday, October 29 – No Adult Forum
10:00 am – Reformation Festival Eucharist
Luther College, Center for Faith and Life
Rev. April Ulring Larson, preacher
Music by Norsemen, Aurora, Cantorei and a Mass Choir