September 20, 2017

Adult Education Forums (2015)

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A new approach to adult education kicked off in January 2015, with forums being held on Sundays from 11:15 am-12:15 pm, following coffee hour/fellowship. The sessions beginning in January included topics in the areas of domestic and international hunger, and health and poverty programs, policies, and strategies. We then examined issues related to becoming a Reconciling in Christ congregation and began looking at environmental issues, before turning our attention to discussions of our pastoral transition and a proposal from the Synod related to a collaborative ministry involving Hope and Lutheran Campus Ministry.

Topics covered are listed below.

The topic for January 4-February 22 was Hunger and Poverty: Domestic and International Policies and Strategies. Speakers and topics were as follows (the schedule was disrupted several times by inclement weather):

  • Sunday, January 4: Paulette Thompson, member of the national board of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, spoke about the program.
  • Sunday, January 11: Our speaker was Joan Hult, emerita professor of Kinesiology, University of Maryland. A prime mover in the successful Title IX struggle, she spoke about the context and what it took to get a policy change.
  • Sunday, February 1: Our speaker was Tia Upchurch-Freelove, director of Communications at LOGA, the federal public policy advocacy office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a program of the ELCA Division for Church in Society.
  • Sunday, February 8: Pastor Hoehn spoke about Bread for the World and its advocacy activities.
  • Sunday, February 22: Pastor Hoehn, former director of Bread for the World Institute and author of Up From Apathy, spoke on organizing for action.

On March 8, we began a series of forums on Reconciling in Christ, a program in which a congregation officially and openly welcomes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Visit the Reconciling in Christ website for more information.

On April 19, we began studying environmental issues, and on April 26, we had a speaker from Climate Reality Project, started by Al Gore to implement the changes identified in An Inconvenient Truth.

As noted above, we then turned our attention to discussion sessions related to a collaborative ministry involving Hope and Lutheran Campus Ministry.

 

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