ADULT FAITH FORUM
Sundays at 11 am on Zoom
Contact Penny Catlin for the Zoom link.
February Focus: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Many of us have heard of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran Minister who worked with others in a conspiracy against Hitler during World War II. See the timeline of his life on the next page. But what do we know about his life and theology and how they might be relevant today? During our February Adult Faith Forums we will look at Bonhoeffer’s life, his emphasis of the importance of community, costly grace and discipleship, and if or how his teachings are relevant today. See a timeline of his life>>
FEB 28 – Dr. Andy Root from Luther Seminary will lead discussion on Bonhoeffer’s relevance and cultural significance for today. Root is known as a leading thinker on the thought of Charles Taylor, secularity, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, modernity, science and ministry, pastoral theology, practical theology, and youth ministry.
March Focus: Telling Your (Unvarnished) God Story
Our God stories aren’t just fluffy clouds and kittens. They aren’t all happy endings where everything happens for a reason. Instead, our true God stories are messy, raw, and often unvarnished. They might even include some swear words. But they are also filled with holy beautiful resilient truth and the peace of Christ. In this series we will explore our God-stories together with some prompts, examples from Scripture, and the courage of the Spirit. Once we dig into our God stories, me might even have the courage to share them. Everyone is invited! For more information and to watch previous sessions of Adult Faith Forum, visit: https://trinitylc.org/learning/adult/adult-ed/. Questions? Contact Penny Catlin at [email protected]
MARCH 7 – The Vision of God’s Story – Rev. Dr. Chris Bellefeuille will share about the vision and empowering opportunity of sharing our God stories as the church. Her Doctorate from Luther Seminary focused on the ways that the church and the dominant culture did not always provide helpful ways for modeling discipleship. Thankfully, the Bible provides a number of great examples that we can follow.
MARCH 14 – Pens, Playdough and Prompts – There is no one way to tell a faith story or a God moment: Pastor Peter and Zanny Johnson will share some tools, prompts, and creative ways to help lift up God’s fingerprints along our journey.
MARCH 21 – Stories Made to Share – Our stories aren’t just for us, they are also for our neighbors and for building Beloved community. Our lives constantly overlap and intersect with a network of the Spirit’s activity. My faith journey and struggles might just help yours, and vice versa. Pastor Peter and Penny Catlin will (and potentially others) share some examples of people’s faith stories, God sightings, and unvarnished Jesus-moments. We believe that these stories, this blend of God’s story and our own, has the power to keep lifting us toward hope and Easter. Again and again.
Missed the Adult Faith Forum or curious to learn more about it? Explore recent sessions below.
Advocates for Racial Equity Resource Page: https://spas-elca.org/resources/for-congregations/advocates-for-racial-equity/
Facebook Group (network sharing in TC area): https://www.facebook.com/groups/1861713910714174
ELCA Repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery: https://www.elca.org/JLE/Articles/1202
ELCA Social Statement on Race, Ethnicity and Culture: https://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/RaceSS.pdf?_ga=2.132632654.1712050709.1605457206-1785032419.1605457206
ELCA Strategy for Race and Diversity: https://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Strategic_Authentic_Diversity.pdf?_ga=2.30790911.1712050709.1605457206-1785032419.1605457206
ONE & DONE BOOK GROUP
April 12 – My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
June 7 – Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
6:30 pm on Zoom
Contact Ann Wolff for the Zoom Link
The One and Done Book Group meets about every two months for a thought-provoking, faith-based discussion of a book chosen by the group. All are welcome to participate in the zoom discussion of any one or more books of interest. We’d love for you to join us!
Last month, we found The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell, to be foundational in one’s search for God during the most faith-shaking experiences. The next discussions will be: My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok on April 12 and Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi on June 7.
If you would like to borrow any of these three books from the Trinity Library, I have them at my house and would be happy to bring them to you. I have a couple of shelves of highly recommended and widely read books from our library including A Walk Around the Block by Spike Carlsen, The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett, and Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. Email me and I’ll send you a complete list of books I have. Let me know also, if you’d like the Zoom link for the next One and Done. I do hope you can come.
The One and Done Book Group was started by Pastor Chris a few years ago as an opportunity for thoughtful discussion of non-fiction, faith-based, challenging books of the group’s choosing. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend any or all of the discussions.
Contact Ann Wolff for the Zoom Link, for more information, or to borrow books from the Trinity Library
Questions about Lifelong Faith Formation? Please contact Pastor Peter.