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.

Spring 2019

Adult Forum Presenters

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

  • January 6, 2019

    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.   

  • January 13

    A Table on Wheels!  

    Deacon Kari Olson, Shobi's Table

    Deacon Kari Olson has started a new call with the St. Paul Area Synod, working with Shobi's Table, a mobile food truck that delivers simple meals to those living on the margins in the City of St. Paul.  What are the challenges and opportunities of this ministry, and how is Shobi's Table bringing the Church's table out into the world...on wheels?  

  • January 20

    Making the Golden years...Golden

    Mark Skeie, Vital aging network

    Mark Skeie serves as the Executive Director of the Vital Aging Network, an organization that seeks to enrich the lives of seniors, promote self determination and advocacy, and creative positive outlets to make use of the gifts of seniors in our community.  What makes the "golden years" "golden" at all?  And, how is the vocation of late life different than our vocation at other times?

  • January 27

    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.

  • February 3

    Untangling the politics of the middle east

    Dr. William Beeman, University of Minnesota

    Where does one begin to untangle the political situation in the Middle East?  Who are the power players, both political and religious, that determine the fate of that region, and what is America's place there (or not)?  Dr. William Beeman is an internationally known expert on the Middle East and the Islamic World, particularly Iran, the Gulf Region and Central Asia. He has also conducted research in Japan, India, Nepal, China and Europe.  Dr. Beeman will lead this conversation and help us to understand both the intricacies of political realities in the Middle East as well as opportunities.

  • February 10

    Keeping Children Safe: How TRAGEDY gives way to responsibility

    Allison feigh, Jacob wetterling

    Resource center

    Alison Feigh, M.S. has been working in the sexual abuse prevention field for more than 18 years. She trains nationally on a variety of topics around abuse, abduction, and online exploitation. Ms. Feigh firmly believes that personal safety messages can be positive, empowering, and accessible.  Ms. Feigh serves as the Program Manager of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. She has worked with families of missing children and adults since 2000. Alison previously worked as a minister to youth and children at a metro area faith community for six years. She continues to be inspired and reenergized by working directly with children and teenagers at camps, retreats and theatre companies.

  • February 17

    What is truth?  Journalistic ethics and RESPONSIBILITY in an age of "Fake News"

    Professor Jane Kirtley, University of Minnesota School of Law

    What is "Fake news" and - more importantly - what is the ethical responsibility of journalists to report the truth?  How does the moral compass guide this work, and what is the responsibility of journalists to the general public?  Professor Jane E. Kirtley is the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, and directs The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law. Kirtley is also an affiliated faculty member at the University of Minnesota Law School, and has held visiting professorships at Suffolk University and Notre Dame Law schools. She was a Fulbright Scholar teaching U.S. media law and media ethics at the University of Latvia’s Law Faculty in Riga during Spring 2016. Kirtley has written friend-of-the-court briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as two books, many book chapters, and articles for scholarly journals and for the popular and professional press, including The New York TimesThe Conversation, and the Guardian (UK).  Kirtley served as Executive Director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for 14 years. Before that, she practiced law in New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., and was a reporter for newspapers in Indiana and Tennessee. She was a Pulitzer Prize juror in 2015, and is a long-time member of the board of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. Kirtley’s J.D. is from Vanderbilt University Law School, and her bachelor and master of journalism degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. 

  • February 24

    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.  

  • March 3

    Much left to be done: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and the tradition of compassion

    The Rev. Kathryn Tiede, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

    Note: Pr. Tiede preaches at the 10.30 a.m. liturgy this Sunday.


    Since 1865, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has been helping to make the world around us a better place, a tangible expression of the Lutheran tradition of care for neighbor.  From adoptions to refugee resettlement, mental health services to work with seniors, there is very little that LSS does not do.  The Rev. Kathryn Tiede serves as Director of Church Partnerships and Philanthropy for LSS, and will discuss with us the ongoing work of LSS...and how we can help.