Kairos is a time each Sunday of enrichment for mind and spirit. A mix of timely topics, Bible Study, and theological exploration are presented by scholars, theologians and other professionals. Kairos meets at 8:45 a.m. and 10:05 a.m. in the Fireside Room. The same topic is presented at both times. If you typically worship at 10:45 a.m., feel free to come to the 10:05 a.m. Kairos session and leave at 10:45 a.m. for the start of worship.

Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Themes & Speakers

Descriptions for Fall/Winter 2017-2018 presentations will be updated as we receive information from the speakers.

September 17: Martin Luther and the Called Life

Dr. Mark Tranvik, Augsburg University

Martin Luther’s teaching on vocation was a radical new idea for the Christian church that reverberated in homes, congregations and the public square. In this session, Dr. Mark Tranvik will look at Luther’s views on vocation and see how they make a difference in our lives of faith today.

Dr. Mark Tranvik Th.D., has taught at Augsburg University for over twenty years. He is also an ELCA pastor, having served a congregation in Brooklyn Center for ten years. He is the author of Martin Luther and the Called Life, and he also introduced and translated Luther’s tract The Freedom of a Christian.

September 24: Prophetic Diakonia – Called to Impact a Broken World

Sister Noreen Stevens, Lutheran deaconess

The ELCA diaconal (servant) church has a call from God, from the least among us, from those with no voice, and from those the powerful do not hear. ELCA Deacons and other diaconal communities around the world have sought to create places of healing, feeding, and hospitality, where strangers are given respect, treated well and fully included, sometimes disrupting existing communities. As we live into a prophetic diakonia (service), how do we as communities of faith and leaders hear God’s call expressed through the needs of a broken world.

Sister Noreen Stevens is the Directing Deaconess for the Deaconess Community of the ELCA. She served as Assistant to the Bishop of the SPAS from 2001 – 2016. In the last 17 years, she has focused her training on spiritual and vocational discernment, systems, leadership, boundary training and self -care. Her 30 years of ministry experience has created a toolbox of resources. Some of her greatest learning came from her family’s dinner table where Law (her husband is in law enforcement) and Gospel were woven into their conversations.

October 1: WWII Japanese-American Internment Camps

John Sazukida

John Suzukida, Kairos presenter, will share his personal story. His parents, U.S. citizens, born and raised in California and in their early 20’s, were incarcerated in America’s Concentration Camps during WWII. With today’s discussions about immigrants, religion and ethnicity, it is timely to learn from our history.

John Suzukida was Sr. VP of Global Marketing and Strategy for The Trane Co. prior to forming in 2002, Lanex Consulting LLC, an organization focusing on building leadership teams. He volunteers with Shoreview’s Environmental Quality Committee, Rotary International, Mounds View Schools Community Education Advisory Committee, Fishing for Fun and Metro Clean Energy Resource Teams Steering Committee. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the U. of Illinois and is a recipient of that Institution’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He earned his professional engineering degree in Wisconsin.

October 8: Luther’s Morning Star–Katharina von Bora Luther

Pastor Janet Karvonen-Montgomery

As we celebrate the 500th year of the Reformation, we remember Martin Luther’s contribution to the world, some of which may not have been possible without his wife, Katharina von Bora. A pillar of strength for Luther and their family she made a remarkable contribution to the Reformation in her own right. An entrepreneur, theologian, farmer, and mother, Katie overcame great personal tragedies to partner with her husband during the Middle Ages. If we live into our Christian and Lutheran idea of “vocation,” like Katie, we too can play an important role in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Janet Karvonen – Montgomery is Associate Pastor for Wellness and Generosity at Incarnation. In 2016, she spent two weeks in Wittenberg and discovered what an important role Martin Luther’s wife, Katie, played in the support of her husband’s work and mission. In addition to sharing historical and theological aspects of her story, she will share photos of the key places in Katie and Martin’s life.

October 15: Seven Ways to Look at Martin Luther and His Work

Dr. Mary Jane Haemig, Luther Seminary

We know Martin Luther as the prominent and fascinating reformer but we should also appreciate him as professor, pastor, public advisor, polemicist, family man, and confessor of the faith. Dr. Haemig’s presentation for Kairos will survey the life of Luther.

October 22: Luther the Pastor

Dr. Mary Jane Haemig, Luther Seminary

Kairos presenter, Dr. Mary Jane Haemig will take a closer look at Luther’s pastoral work. This is where the reformation “rubber” hit the proverbial “road.” While we often speak of Luther’s reformation insights, we need to consider how they did not simply function as subjects of learned academic discussion but rather revolutionized pastoral work and have implications even today.

Dr. Mary Jane Haemig is Professor of Church History and Director of the Reformation Research Program at Luther Seminary. She has taught there since 1999. She is the author of numerous articles on reformation topics. She is also the editor of volume 4 “Pastoral Writings” in The Annotated Luther (Fortress Press, 2016).

October 29: “Follow the Money” in Martin Luther’s Reformation

The Rev. Luther Dale, retired Incarnation pastor

New ideas and changes in the Reformation did not happen only because of theological debates.  Martin Luther was also shaped by money, mining world markets, and political conflicts.  Learn about these influences, some for the better and some not so much.

The Rev. Luther Dale served as a pastor at Incarnation for more than 14 years.  He enjoys history, past and present, especially how leaders are influenced by the politics and economics of  there present times.

November 5: Incarnation’s Cemetery Heritage

Jerry Hawkins, Cemetery Committee

Incarnation has a beautiful cemetery. Many of our members are deeply involved in the care and upkeep of this peaceful spot in our community. Jerry Hawkins, Incarnation member, and member of the Incarnation Cemetery Committee, will present the background, history, mission and importance to our community that our cemetery provides.

Jerry Hawkins retired from a career in business. His education was in math and the physical sciences. Jerry has been a volunteer at the cemetery for 34 years. Jerry and his wife, Carol, are long time members of Incarnation.

November 12: Martin Luther–Liturgy and Life

Dr. Dirk Lange, Luther Seminary


November 19: Aging, Lifespan and Healthspan

Dr. Dave Bernlohr, Univerity of Minnesota

Why do we age and how long can we potentially live?  Is it possible to age and yet not be affected by complications such as dementia, muscle weakening or loss of appetite?  How are lifespan and healthspan linked.  Can we live longer and better?  Kairos presenter, David Bernlohr, will profile the Biology of Aging and describe the process from flies to worms to monkeys to man and what are shared by all organisms as key facets of the aging process and what might underscore the balance between lifespan and healthspan.

David Bernlohr is a long-time member of Incarnation, former congregational council president and recent chair of the long-range planning committee.  He is also Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics and founder of the Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

November 26: Simple Ways to Change the World – Create Housing

Blake Huffman, Journey Home founder

Blake Huffman, board member on the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners, has made faith-based choices that make a difference in people’s lives.  He will share how he started and continues to run Journey Home, a unique non-profit that provides housing to two vulnerable populations: women escaping domestic violence, and military veterans.

Blake  Huffman is a retired executive from Wells Fargo and a former city councilman in Shoreview. He was elected to the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. He started Journey Home MN in 2008. Journey Home MN has rehabbed or built 40+ homes that have housed disadvantaged women or military veterans.

December 3: What Time is It? (Advent Bible Study)

Dr. James Boyce, Luther Seminary

The Gospel of Mark’s first call for an Advent People is to be on the alert. Living with an eye to the present and to the future is tricky business, especially when even the angels and the coming Son of Man don’t know about “that day or hour.” The best one can say is “keep awake!”

December 10: Time for Good News (Advent Bible Study)

Dr. James Boyce, Luther Seminary

The Gospel of Mark’s second call for an Advent People is to tune in to a time of promise. Are we ready to believe that now is the time for the beginning of some good news—that God is up to something that will surely change our lives?

Dr. James Boyce is an ordained pastor in the ELCA and a retired Professor of New Testament and Greek at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, where he taught for more than 40 years. He continues to lead frequent Bible studies at his home church, Roseville Lutheran, and at area churches, to write periodically for Luther Seminary’s “Working Preacher” resource for pastors, and to edit the seminary’s daily online Bible study resource “God Pause.”

Questions about Kairos? Contact Pastor Jeanne Hartfield.