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 2017 Adult

Forum Presenters

Adult Forum runs each Sunday from 9:10-10:10 in Tidemann Hall beginning on Sunday, September 17th  (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 17

    Capital CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE UPDATE: We're on our way, PART 1!

    Capital Campaign Oversight Committee

    SPR is about to enter into a major Capital Campaign for the restoration of our building.  How has this process unfolded, and what is the scope of the project?  What does this campaign look like, and what are our hopes for its success?  Come and join our Capital Campaign Oversight Committee as we learn how you can be a part of this process, answer questions, and plan for the future.

  • SEPTEMBER 24

    Capital Campaign UPDATE: We're on our way Part 2!

    Capital Campaign Building Committee

    As SPR begins its Capital Campaign, what are the architectural plans, challenges, and opportunities in our buildings?  Come and do some thinking with our Capital Campaign Building Committee as we explain decisions, chart a future course, and determine what are the most pressing challenges for our building's future.

  • OCTOBER 1

    FRESHWATER SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA

    Dierdre Coleman

    Founded in 1968, the Freshwater Society of Minnesota is dedicated to conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds in the State of Minnesota.  What does the way that we take care of water say about our commitments as a society, and - given the emphasis that Christians place on Holy Baptism - what is the responsibility of communities of faith to see to the well-being of our lakes and rivers?  Water is key to the Christian faith...and to all of life.  Join us as we welcome Deirdre Coleman who will update us on the work of the Freshwater Society.

  • OCTOBER 8

    GIVE US WINGS FOUNDATION

    Therese Dosch Anderson

    In 1999, a small group of women gathered in Minneapolis do determine how they might address unimaginable poverty in Uganda and Kenya.  Charged with the goal of transformation rather that direct aid, the Give Us Wings Foundation is making a difference today in these communities with economic development, medical, and educational support.  Therese Dosch Anderson serves as the Executive Director of the Give Us Wings Foundation.  

  • OCTOBER 15

    THE MAPPING PREDJUDICE PROJECT

    dr. kristen delegard, AUGSBURG COLLEGE

    The Mapping Prejudice Project is an ongoing and collaborative attempt to map racial restrictions attached to Minneapolis property records during the 20th century. While the practice was common throughout the country, no city has tracked the full extent of these restrictions.    Inspired by the idea that we cannot address the inequities of the present without an understanding of the past, Mapping Prejudice was created to make this structural racism visible. Our interdisciplinary team of community activists, students and scholars from Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota is working to identify and map the property contracts that rendered many neighborhoods in Minneapolis racially exclusive.

  • OCTOBER 22

    LUTHERAN ROMAN CATHOLIC DIALOG 500 YEARS LATER

    Dr. Dirk Lange, Luther Seminary

    Dirk Lange is Professor of Worship at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and also serves on the dialog team of the Lutheran World Federation/Pontifical Commission for Christian Unity.  In this 500th Year of the Reformation, how are Lutherans and Roman Catholics converging on a shared understanding of the events of the 16th century...and what do those events mean for us today?  

  • OCTOBER 29

    BOTH/AND: Being and intersex ally

    Sagan cline stewart lara

    Gender binaries of male/female do not tell the whole story, and some within our community identify as "intersex."  What does this term mean and how can communities and individuals be supportive of those who identify as a combination of both?  Sagan Lara has done public work on these questions and leads workshops and discussions around the Twin Cities on this topic.  Please join us as we hear from Sagan, and sharpen our own vision to welcome all as we would welcome Christ.

  • NOVEMBER 5

    ADVANCE CARE PLANNING: PEACE OF MIND WHEN IT MATTERS MOST PART 1

    KRis Stevens

    Advance Care Planning is an ongoing process of making decisions about your future health care.  It requires you to think about your health care goals, values, wishes, preferences, and includes end-of life care.  I boil it down to the 4-D’s:  Decisions, Discussions, Documenting, and Distributing. 


    Week 1 (November 5) we will review the process of Advance Care Planning, discuss the importance of identifying an agent to speak for you when you are unable to speak for yourself, and introduce you to a Health Care Directive.  (There will be homework assigned for Week 2.) 

  • NOVEMBER 12

    ADVANCE CARE PLANNING: PEACE OF MIND WHEN IT MATTERS MOST PART 2

    Kris Stevens

    Week 2  (November 12) will be focused solely on the Health Care Directive.  I will guide you through the document and answer any questions.  My hope is at the end of this series everyone who attends will have a completed Health Care Directive, or at least, a plan for completion.

  • November 19

    UNSUNG HEROS: African American Minnesotans in World War I

    Peter DeCarlo, Minnesota Historical society

    Peter DeCarlo is the author of "Fort Snelling at Bdote" and works as a digital content developer at the Minnesota Historical Society.  Most recently, DeCarlo has done extensive work on curating an exhibit at the Minnesota History Center that features the stories of African American Minnesotans in World War I.  What stories do these voices have to tell us a century later?  Join us as we commemorate their work and tell their stories, a vital part of Minnesota' past.

  • November 26

    ON DISPLAY: FORECAST PUBLIC ART

    JACK BECKER

    Public art plays a crucial role in shaping our culturally vibrant and sustainable communities. Artists of all disciplines are treating public space as a venue for creative experimentation. Public art offers opportunities for community collaboration, for ideas to shape our environment, and to influence change. The definition is always expanding — performance art, interventions, land art, and wrapped buildings are just some examples — and artists are redefining public art every day.  Jack Becker serves Forecast as Founder and Director of Community Services.

  • DECEMBER 3

    EMMA NORTON SERVICES

    BEcky Boland

    Today, 45.1 million Americans live with mental illness; 22 million struggle with chemical dependency; and an estimated 3.5 million are homeless.  Emma Norton Services works with women, children, and families who are homeless and have the added challenge of mental illness, chemical dependency, or both.  Safe sober housing combined with programs and support services provide an environment where victory over homlessness mental illness, and chemical dependency becomes a possibility.  We are happy to welcome Becky Boland, the Strategic Plan Advancement Director for Emma Norton, a ministry of the United Methodist Church in the Twin Cities.

  • DECEMBER 10

    HOW IT IS TOLD MATTERS: SHAPING THE HISTORICAL NARRATIVE AND WHO TELLS THE STORY

    Dr. Michael Lansing, Augusburg College

    "History is told by the winners" is a phrase that is used to describe - both accurately and inaccurately - how the historical narrative is taught and told.  But what is the pedagogy of historical narrative, and why does it make a difference when we as a society collectively (or un-collectively) remember events?  How does the one telling about history influence its impact, what it means, and how it is interpreted?   Michael Lansing is Professor of History at Augsburg College and has done extensive work on the examination of historical narrative.  

  • DECEMBER 17

    CRAYONS ARE NOT JUST FOR COLORING: THE COMPAS ART PROJECT

    Dawn browne-White

    COMPAS has been putting creativity into the hands of Minnesotans for over 40 years. We’re not just a non-profit arts organization; we’re a non-profit education organization that teaches through art. Our professional artists work alongside students, teachers, senior citizens, hospital patients, teens, and just about any other community member to spark their imaginations and infuse their lives with creativity.



  • January 7, 2018

    COLLEGE POSSIBLE

    Samantha Solberg

    College Possible Minnesota is coaching low-income students to and through college. Dedicated AmeriCorps members serve as guides, coaching students on their path to college graduation. We are proud to be serving more than 2,500 high school students attending 56 high schools across the state, and 5,500 college students on 249 campuses across the country.  College Possible was founded in Minnesota in 2000 to ensure that every child’s future is determined solely by their talent, motivation and effort. Since our founding, 99% of College Possible students have earned admission to college, and they are four times more likely to graduate from college than their low-income peers.

  • January 14

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  • January 21

    The Sheridan Story

    Avivah Brown

    Over 200,000 children in the state of Minnesota live in food insecurity and do not always know if they will receive their next meal. The Sheridan Story’s purpose is to respond to this need by closing the weekend food gap between Friday and Monday, when children are not able to participate in the free or reduced meal programs at school.  Join us as we hear about this program...and how SPR might get involved.

  • January 28

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  • Febuary 4

    Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

    Jon Lovald

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  • February 11

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  • February 18

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  • February 25

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  • March 4

    Jessica Owen, Indigenous Women's Project

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  • March 11

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  • March 18

    Creating a Sisterhood: Islamic women reclaiming the narrative

    Nausheena Hussain, Reviving Sisterhood

    5 years ago, Nausheena Hussain entered the nonprofit world as a newly minted grant writer. She observed in the Muslim community that there was an abundance of charitable giving and wealth, but it was all individual donor based. She also noticed women were donors, doing the work, but never acknowledged or in leadership roles. Coupled with anti-Muslim rhetoric, a rise in discrimination and hate towards Muslims, she realized something needed to be done.  That was the launch of Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE). As the network grew, it became apparent that many many women were creating an impact in their communities but were going unseen. Reviving Sisterhood has become a platform to amplify the voice and power of Muslim women showcasing the changemakers, the trailblazers, and leaders having social justice impact in our society.