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
- 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
“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?
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
May 17 Of Demons and Evil Spirits
presented by Matthias Henze
In the Gospels we read that Jesus confronts various demons and drives them out. They immediately recognize Jesus before anybody else knows who he is. The Evangelists take for granted that the reader is familiar with these evil forces, but when we turn to the Hebrew Bible for help we find that ancient Israelite authors have little to say about them.
This talk explores the origins of the beliefs in demons and evil spirits. The rich literature of the late Second Temple period attests to a wide array of speculations about the origin, nature, and function of demons and evil forces. We find incantations against demons and liturgies for exorcism among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Demons had a major impact on Christianity and continue to be live and well in some Christian circles today.
May 24: Congregational Meeting, no Sunday Forum
There will be a special congregational meeting May 24 between the early and late worship services. We will present the capital campaign totals and the council’s plan for use of the funds. The congregation will be asked to approve a construction financing plan.
May 31: Summer Book Reviews begin