SUnday Morning Adult Forum:


Learning is never over, and "faith seeking understanding" (as St. Anselm said) is part and parcel of the Christian vocation.  What do we have yet to learn, and how is the life of the spirit enriched by the discourse of the mind?  As part of our commitment to formation - not just for children - St. Paul-Reformation presents a weekly Sunday Morning Adult Forum from 9:10 a.m. until 10:10 a.m. each Sunday during the academic year in Tidemann Hall.  These presentations are free and open to the public, and all you need to do is bring an openness to learn and an inquring mind.  We seek to present on a variety of topics from the arts to current events to contemporary theological issues.  You are welcome to ask questions...or just sit quietly and listen.  And, wherever you are in these marvelous are always welcome.

Autumn 2018 Adult

Forum Presenters

Adult Forum runs each Sunday from 9:10-10:10 in Tidemann Hall beginning on September 16, 2018  (it is on vacation for the summer!) and is free and open to the public.  We work hard to balance three areas of learning: Holy Scripture, Social Engagement, and the Arts.  We have a fascinating list of presenters for this fall, and we hope that you will join us!

  • September 16

    The graces of human rights

    Pete dross, MN Center for Victims of Torture

    One of the greatest determining factors of a person's success in life is based upon the access they have (or do not have) to a post-secondary education.  How is this possible for those who live in poverty or who are systemically denied access to high education?  Join us as we welcome Magdalena Wells of College Possible Minnesota, an organization that seeks to make a post-secondary education a reality for every child in Minnesota.

  • September 23

    change is coming: legislative possibilities and PRIORITIES

    Vivian Ihenkoronye, ISAIAH MN

    ISAIAH is a multi-faith organization in the State of Minnesota that organizes to build policies that value all Minnesotans.  In 2018, ISAIAH was instrumental in paving the way for values-based candidates to run for office.  Come and join us as we hear about ISAIAH's victories, challenges, and ongoing work as voters are mobilized to see to the good of an act of faith and spiritual maturity.  Vivian Ihenkoronye is a Community Organizer for ISAIAH MN, and has worked with St. Paul-Reformation's ISAIAH Core Team.

  • September 30*

    The Sheridan Story

    Avivah Brown

  • October 7

    Forgiveness, Reconcillation, and a future of hope

    DR lois Malcolm, Luther seminary

    Lois Malcolm is professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary and has done academic work on the Christian aspects of forgiveness and reconciliation.  What do these words mean in the Christian tradition, and why is forgiving - and letting go - so difficult for us?  Malcolm holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School and is the author of several books on Christian theology and historical understandings of God.

  • October 14

    Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

    dr william hart, Macalaster college

  • October 21

    Augustine, Luther, and the theological call of racial reconciliation

    dr anthony bateza, st. olaf college

    Anthony Bateza is Assistant Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College where he specializes in studies related to Martin Luther and moral theology.  He holds a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his research examines Luther's understanding of human agency and his relationship with the virtue tradition.  He is an expert on the larger Augustinian theological tradition, the impact of Luther's thought on 19th century philosophy, and questions of race, identity and social justice.  Dr. Bateza is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and a graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

  • October 28

    "OutNorth: the history of Glbtq persons in minnesota and the fight for equality"

    Daniel pierce bergin, twin cities public television

    In the fall of 2017, Twin Cities Public Television produced "OutNorth," a documentary that detailed the struggle for GLBTQ rights in the State of Minnesota.  The stories told in this documentary were wide and varied, and working with both historians and scholars throughout the state, tell a story of both challenge and hope.  Several members of St. Paul-Reformation were included in this work.  Join us as we hear about the challenges, joys, and struggles of making this documentary, remaining mindful that how stories are told impacts the future.  Clips from the documentary will be shown.

  • November 4

    The Spirit and the Sky: Lakota visions of the cosmos

    Mark Hollabaugh

    The interest of nineteenth-century Lakotas in the sun, moon, and stars was an essential part of their never-ending quest to understand their world. The Spirit and the Sky presents a survey of the ethnoastronomy of the nineteenth-century Lakota and relates Lakota astronomy to their cultural practices and beliefs. The center of Lakota belief is the incomprehensible, extraordinary, and sacred nature of the world in which they live. The earth beneath and the stars above constitute their holistic world.   Mark Hollabaugh offers a detailed analysis of all aspects of Lakota culture that have a bearing on their astronomy, including telling time, Lakota names for the stars and constellations as they appeared on the Great Plains, and the phenomena of meteor showers, eclipses, and the aurora borealis. Hollabaugh’s explanation of the cause of the aurora that occurred at the death of Black Elk in 1950 is a new contribution to ethnoastronomy.

  • November 11

    Safe Spaces for all: Breaking the cycle of violence

    Jessica Owen, Indigenous Women's LIFE NET

    The Indigenous Women's Life Net (Project) is an initiative of the Minneapolis American Indian Center that works with native women and families who are living in situations of domestic violence, with the goal of breaking the cycle and finding safe spaces for all.  Through case management, housing case work, and advocacy, the Women's Life Net Project works with the large Native populations in the Twin Cities.

  • November 18

    faith that frees: breaking down barriers and opening doors

    Rabbi Aaron WEininger, Adath Jeshurun Congregation

    Rabbi Aaron Weininger is the associate rabbi at the Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka, Minnesota, where he holds the Berman Family Chair in Jewish Learning. He earned his BA in Anthropology and Jewish Near Eastern Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and received ordination and an MA in Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2012. In 2007 he became the first openly gay person admitted to rabbinical school in the Conservative movement, and he studied at JTS as a Schusterman Rabbinical Fellow. Aaron believes when the spark of each person is connected to the warmth of community, ancient Jewish wisdom is reanimated and transformative in the world. Join us as we hear about his journey in the Conservative movement, and what it might teach all faith communities about being open and affirming of everyone.

  • November 25

    real presence(s): unravelling how God is present in eucharistic theologies

    dr sonja anderson, carleton college

    Since the time of the Reformation, Christians have argued about the meaning of Jesus' command at the last supper to eat and drink in remembrance of him.  Various theories of the "real presence" have been debated for centuries, proving - in some cases - so impossible to overcome that the only way forward was by different paths.  Sonja Anderson has studied these and will help us to understand what difference these arguments make, and how they are much more contemporary than you might think.  Get ready for a deep theological dive!

  • December 2

  • December 9

    The "Protestant principle" as the end of protestant churches

    Gerald schlabach, university of St. thomas

  • December 16

    The Iraqi-American RECONCILIATION Project

    Erin Hart