What is Moral Injury- March 26, 9:45 a.m.

A growing problem for military personnel, our civic protectors, and others is Moral Injury. Moral Injury most often erupts as a debilitating guilt suffered from an action one has done or witnessed that could not be avoided. MI can be related to, but is distinguishable from Post-Traumatic Stress. MI accounts for much of the increased suicide rate in combat veterans. Can people recover from MI? How can we as people of faith help those who suffer MI? Pastor Larson will introduce the topic on March 26.

The following Sunday Lee Thweatt will join Pastor Larson to lead more conversation about MI. Lee, a member of CTK and Vice-President of the Congregational Council, served as a United States Marine Judge Advocate General (military lawyer), and will share first-hand insights about MI.

Faith, Sexism, Justice:

Sunday Forum, February 26, 9:45 a.m. basement classroom
Conversations toward a Social Statement
faith-sexism-justice

Pastor Karin Liebster will lead a three week series reading and discussing the study Faith, Sexism, Justice. The study is a work by the ELCA Taskforce Women and Justice: One in Christ, put forth to all congregations of the ELCA as an invitation to engage in conversation on the topic. The task force writes, “countless people are suffering under the weight on injustice. … Many individuals and their families struggle emotionally, physically and economically because of the effects of sexism and patriarchy. These forces are personal, religious, social and economic. As member of the body of Christ … we are called to help all people live abundant lives that are just and sufficient – lives in which every individual and community is committed to the mutual values of respect, dignity, interdependence and equity.” Continue reading

Summer Book Reviews

summer book reviews 2013The summer book reviews are a beloved tradition as an educational offering on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. during the summer months.

  • July 31: Kristine Wallace, Resurrection:  The Power of God for Christians and Jews, by Kevin J. Madigan and Jon D. Levenson

August 7: George Brookover
One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America, by Kevin Kruse Continue reading

Sunday Forum in December

sunday-forum-time-location“Who Do People Say That I Am?” – Jesus of Nazareth
For many people their Jesus turns out to be a smorgasbord of many of their favorite things: a  little Bible, a little tradition, a little hymnody, a little Hollywood, and a little Americana.  In this study we are going to strip away a few of the unhealthy layers and ask a fundamental question that is at the heart of the gospel:  “Who do you say that I am?”  In the end what we will (re)discover is this: Jesus was a deeply polarizing figure in his day.  People either loved him and wanted to fall at his feet or they hated him and would stop at nothing to silence him.
December 20: Who do Muslims say that I am?

Summer Book Reviews

summer book reviews 2013The summer book reviews are a beloved tradition as an educational offering on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. during the summer months. The schedule thru June is:

June 28: Marec Bela Steffens: The Treasure Chest by Johann Peter Hebel

July 5: Chris Bryant
Is the American Century Over? by Joseph Nye

July 12:  Bill Mintz
The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell

July 19: Linda Schoene
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande Continue reading