SUnday Morning Adult Forum:

FAITH SEEKING UNDERSTANDING

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 conversations...you 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 all...as 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

    Let's Talk: Important

    Conversations on Race

    SPR Racial Justice Team

    As part of St. Paul-Reformation’s commitment to continued dialog on race and privilege, our congregational Racial Justice team will be leading the first of a monthly series on racial justice in our city, our state, and our nation.  This conversation continues congregational learning, discernment, and conversation from our Summer Lyceum series.  Come and learn, listen, and contribute as together we seek ways to enact justice, mercy, and reconciliation.   

  • 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

    Christianity and Colonialism

    dr william hart, Macalaster college

    Dr. William Hart serves as Professor of Religious Studies at Macalaster College, where he holds the Margaret Harmon Chair in Religion.  Dr. Hart will lead a conversation on Christianity and Colonialism.  How has Christianity been used as a weapon – and a protector – of indigenous people, and what does that mean for how we move forward as people of faith?

  • 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

    Continuing the Conversation on Race

    SPR Racial Justice Team

    As part of St. Paul-Reformation’s commitment to continued dialog on race and privilege, our congregational Racial Justice team will be leading the first of a monthly series on racial justice in our city, our state, and our nation.  This conversation continues congregational learning, discernment, and conversation from our Summer Lyceum series.  Come and learn, listen, and contribute as together we seek ways to enact justice, mercy, and reconciliation.   

  • November 11

    Opportunity and challenge in the St. paul school district

    Dr. Joe Gothard, St. Paul

    Superintendent of Schools

    Dr. Joe Gothard serves as the Superintendent of the St. Paul Public Schools, a system that serves almost 40,000 students and 5,000 full time staff.  What are the current opportunities and challenges facing a large urban school district?  How do institutions – like parish churches, for example – support the work of our local schools to build strong communities?  Come and hear from Dr. Gothard who will give us ideas on how we can help, and what work remains to be done.

  • November 11

    Stay tuned!



  • 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

    Celebration, joy, and mystery in Bach's Christmas oratorio

    Chad Fothergill, temple University

    Chad Fothergill received degrees in organ performance from Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Iowa where he studied with David Feinen and Delbert Disselhorst. He presently holds a University Fellowship at Temple University, Philadelphia, where his dissertation research examines Lutheran music of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, particularly the musical, social, cultural, and economic threads that intersect in the office of Kantor.  Chad will lead a conversation on Bach's celebrated Christmas Oratorio in preparation for SPR's congregational trip to hear the Bach Society of MN perform it later in December.  

  • December 9

    THE MOTHER OF GOD IN CHRISTIAN ART

    Dr. Kristin Anderson, Augsburg University

    Dr. Kristin Anderson is professor of Art History and Archivist at Augsburg University, Minneapolis.  Dr. Anderson will lead us in viewing, discussing, and looking at the many ways that the Virgin Mary has been depicted in art, particularly in art related to the nativity of Christ.  How have artists made sense of the “Theotokos” (God-bearer), and what does the spirituality of Christian painting, sculpture, and artistic expression teach us about the Blessed Virgin?  How might their wisdom be recovered among Lutherans for good?

  • December 16

    Continuing the Conversation on Race

    SPR Racial Justice Team

    As part of St. Paul-Reformation’s commitment to continued dialog on race and privilege, our congregational Racial Justice team will be leading the first of a monthly series on racial justice in our city, our state, and our nation.  This conversation continues congregational learning, discernment, and conversation from our Summer Lyceum series.  Come and learn, listen, and contribute as together we seek ways to enact justice, mercy, and reconciliation.