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.

FALL 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!

  • September 15, 2019

    FACING JESUS: TEMPTATIONS IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

    Fred Quivik

    The story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness might hold valuable clues about how Christian people can challenge climate change.  Engaging the world around us – and the ways that temptations to consume present themselves – Fred Quivik will lead us in some valuable conversation as our Adult Forum series kicks off.  Fred Quivik has written for Sojourners and is a historian of technology as well as an environment, most recently doing research work at the Hagley Library in Wilmington, Delaware.



  • September 22

    El salvador briefing: the situation on the ground

    Pastor tim iverson, SPR

    St. Paul-Reformation sponsors over one hundred children in school and college in El Salvador, and recent rhetoric about immigration has caused many Americans to reexamine the political situation in Central America, including the ongoing struggles and joys of those in our partner congregation.  Pr. Tim Iverson will lead this discussion, including video clips and interviews from members of the Lutheran community in El Salvador who have witnessed first-hand the ongoing political struggles…and causes for hope.



  • SEPTEMBER 29

    CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION

    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 6

    BIENVENIDOS, PASTORA!

    Pr. CONCEPTION VANEGAS

    Concepción Venegas (Pr. Conchi) is the pastor of SPR’s partner Congregation in Nahualapa, El Salvador.  Joining with us in a partnership that has spanned over a decade, Pr. Conchi is dedicated to the people that she serves as well as to building bridges and relationships that span over borders.  We welcome her in partnership with Edina Community Lutheran Church to teach us more about the Church in El Salvador.  



  • OCTOBER 13

    COMPASSION, MERCY, JUSTICE: ENACTING CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

    DR. TANYA GLADNEY, UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS

    Tanya Gladney is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of St. Thomas.  She has worked on developing standards on implicit bias, community diversity, and cultural competency for the St. Paul Police Department, as well as doing work on Racial Equity for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.  What racial lenses are used in the system of criminal justice, and how do we be aware of these?  How do racial assumptions – known or unknown – impact the criminal justice system?  



  • OCTOBER 20

    CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION

    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 27

    PURPLE RAIN: THE THEOLOGY OF PRINCE

    DR. Ayo yetunde, United Theological Seminary

    Dr. Pamela Ayo Yetunde is assistant professor of pastoral and spiritual care and counseling and director of United’s Interreligious Chaplaincy program. She is the author of Object Relations, Buddhism, and Relationality in Womanist Practical Theology and her book on Buddhist-Christian dialogue, religious freedom law and transgender spiritual care will be published this year. Ayo led United’s Theology of Prince project, and has researched the spirituality in Prince’s music and Audre Lorde’s poetry. Dr. Yetunde will lead us in an exploration of Minnesota’s own Prince…from “Purple Rain” all the way down to his later work…what did Prince have to teach us about God?



  • November 3

    Good Grief!  Caring for ourselves through grief and loss

    Dr. Carla Dahl, Luther Seminary

    On All Saints’ Sunday, the Church turns its eyes towards matter of grief…and the hope of resurrection.  Carla Dahl serves as Professor of Congregational and Community Care Leadership at Luther Seminary, and will lead us in a discussion of healthy ways to grieve, and how God is present even in our most difficult losses.  Dr. Dahl is the author of “Becoming Whole and Holy: An Integrative Conversation about Christian Formation” and has authored numerous articles on family dynamics, marriage and family counseling, and spirituality.



  • NOVEMBER 10

    CHECKING IN ON ST. PAUL

    Councilman Dai Thao, CITY OF ST. pAUL

    Dai Thao serves on the St. Paul City Council representing Ward 1, including St. Paul-Reformation.  The City has been much in the news in recent months, particularly given controversies regarding city services.  What is on the agenda for the upcoming year, and what challenges – and opportunities – face St. Paul, “the most livable city in America?” 



  • November 17

    Continuing the Conversation

    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 24

    Looking toward the Future and remembering the past: leaving a legacy at St. Paul-Reformation

    LUke hanson, SPR & Gustavus Adolphus College

    Luke Hanson is a member of St. Paul-Reformation as well as serving on the Advancement Team at Gustavus Adolphus College as a Gift Planner.  Luke will lead us in some discussion and concrete steps that members of SPR can take to remember the parish in their long-term estate planning, required distributions, and legacy giving plans.  Leaving a long-term gift to Christ's community of faith can say much about the values we hold and how our work to make the world a better place can continue even after we are gone.  Join us to do some thinking about this...and how, together, we can make a difference for a future filled with hope.

  • December 1

    A lutheran perspective on centering prayer, a Christian form of contemplation

    Pr John Keller

    Many view prayer as simply presenting intercessions to God.  And while this is one kind of prayer, there are others that call us to listen closely for what God is doing in our midst. Pr. John Keller is a practitioner of Centering Prayer, a method used for sitting quietly and learning to listen. Join us as we give this a test-drive…and listen closely for the stirrings of the Holy Spirit.



  • December 8

    CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION...

    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.  

  • DECEMBER 15

    I'm singing what?!  Learning the backstory on your favorite Christmas carols

    Rev. Dr. Paul Westermeyer, Luther Seminary

    Much music-making happens in Advent and Christmas, and Christmas carols and hymns are a cherished part of our Christian tradition.  But how did these hymns come to be and…what are some of the colorful stories behind their composition?  Paul Westermeyer is Professor Emeritus of Church Music at Luther Seminary and the former President of the Hymn Society of America.  Was the Silent Night really that silent?  Come and find out!