Kairos Adult Forum

Historically, Kairos Adult Form has been 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. In this season of Covid, Kairos will meet online via Zoom in order to allow people to safely engage with presenters and other participants around important topics.

Please register for the Winter/Spring 2021 Kairos Online series if you would like to receive a reminder before each event that includes the Zoom link and a link to the video from each event (when approved by the speaker). You do not need to register for each event.

Spring Series: Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Zoom

March 8: Living Out a Mission of Accompaniment

Maddie Lindahl, Young Adults in Global Mission alumnae

From August of 2018 through July 2019, Maddie participated in the Young Adults in Global Mission program. As a YAGM, she lived in Senegal, West Africa for a year of intentional learning, service, and humility. The program intends to form young adults to be global citizens living and leading within the ELCA. Maddie will discuss her formation during her year as a missionary, and the larger calling she is unearthing as she reflects on her time and relationships in Senegal. Though this story is from her perspective, it speaks to how the wider church is being called to participate in God’s mission and learn from what God is already doing through our siblings across the world.

Maddie is an alumnae of the 2018-2019 YAGM Senegal program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota, and is currently working at Milk Specialties Global as a laboratory technician.

March 22: A Walk with God, Study Abroad, and what the Future May Hold!

Kendrick Hall

Kendrick Hall, Luther Seminary graduate, will talk about his call, his work for justice and his one-year internship in Nigeria. Kendrick commented that in his life he has worked through the lens of being saved by faith not by sight. He served the ELCA as a Hunger Justice Advocate in a deployed position at Lutheran Advocacy Minnesota. Growing up in inner city Minneapolis, he was a community activist and youth developer. He will also address the question of what the future may hold.

April 12: Learning Our Place–Creation Theology in the Book of Job

Dr. Kathryn Schifferdecker, Old Testament Professor, Luther Seminary

The book of Job raises profound questions about God’s justice and undeserved suffering. It offers a stunning vision of creation and humanity’s place in creation. What  kind of world has God made? What is humanity’s place in this world? These questions will be addressed through art, music, and poetry. To what are we called in regards to our relationship with the rest of creation?

Kathryn Schifferdecker is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary.  An ordained ELCA pastor, Kathryn served a church in rural Wisconsin for five years before coming to Luther Seminary in 2006.  For her sabbatical year, Kathryn and her family moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she taught at Mekane Yesus Seminary.  Kathryn’s academic interests include work on the book of Job, the book of Psalms, the Pentateuch, creation theology, and the problem of suffering.

April 26: Climate Crossroads: Bad News/Good News in Shaping the Fate of the Planet

The Rev. Luther Dale, retired pastor from Incarnation

Hurricanes, fires, species extinction, deadly viruses, weather extremes, human migrations are intensifying because of climate change. We will explore where we find ourselves in 2021 regarding climate change – its causes, threats and approaching markers and tipping points that threaten life as we know it. The good news is we know what we have to do and have the knowledge, tools, and resources to make the changes needed to avoid catastrophe. We will conclude by discussing what we need to do individually and collectively as God’s stewards to overcome the roadblocks to a hopeful and just future. A former pastor at Incarnation, Rev. Luther Dale has been involved as a volunteer/leader in environmental work through the Sierra Club on both the national and local level. In MN he was a member of the Executive Committee, including past Chapter Chair. He is recipient of the William E. Colby Award, the highest volunteer award in the National Sierra Club.  He does this work with his children and grandchildren in mind.

Past Kairos Webinar Events

Kairos Online events will be recorded as allowed by the presenter. Some presenters prefer the link to be private for the Incarnation community in order to honor their intellectual property, some are comfortable posting the video here on the website. Presentations are made available based on the presenter’s wishes. Links and information will be posted below as they become available.

February 22: Violence in the Bible

February 8: Islamophobia, the Before and After

January 11: Celtic Christianity with Paul John Martin

January 25: Cameron Howard on Isaiah’s Suffering Servant
This presentation will only be available by private link for those who have registered for the Kairos Online Winter/Spring 2021 Series.

February 8: Jaylani Hussen on American-Islamic Relations
February 22: Gary Anderson on Violence in the Bible

March 8: Maddie Lindahl on Living a Mission of Accompaniment
March 22: Kendrick Hall on the Dream of Justice

April 12: Kathryn Schifferdecker on Creation Theology in the Book of Job
This presentation will only be available by private link for those who have registered for the Kairos Online Winter/Spring 2021 Series.

April 26: Luther Dale on Creation Theology in Action


Questions about Kairos? Contact The Kairos Committee.