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.

November 12: Martin Luther – Liturgy and Life

Dr. Dirk Lange, Luther Seminary

Dr. Dirk Lange of Luther Seminary has been at the center of exciting ecumenical worship events as the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation has approached. Come and explore the meaning-making power of worship through history with Martin Luther and as we look to the future.

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.