Kairos

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 2018 Themes & Speakers

September 16: Alternatives to Division in Challenging Times

The Rev. Nancy Maeker

Political contexts can stir strong emotions and varying viewpoints.  People of faith may have different views as they ponder how to process these feelings in a healthy way.  Using real life situations, The Rev. Nancy Maeker will look at the divisions in society from an intercultural leadership perspective, helping us discover options for responding and understanding challenges we may encounter.   An added feature will introduce a new focus: Think P.I.E. (Promote Investment Early) for our youngest, most vulnerable.

The Rev. Nancy E. Maeker is co-director of A Minnesota Without Poverty, an organization created to inspire solutions to end poverty.  Previously she was Dean of  Students at Luther Seminary, Pastor for Community Ministries at Central Lutheran Mpls, and Bishop’s Associate in the St. Paul Area Synod. She is co-author of Ending Poverty: a 20/20 Vision.  She is a wife, mother, and grandmother.

September 23 & September 30: Two Thousand Years of Christianity in Egypt

Dr. Lois Farag, Luther Seminary

The Christians of Egypt represent one of the most ancient Christian communities in the world, yet few people know of this vibrant and strong Christian presence in Egypt. Discovering their ancient presence and contribution to Christian theology, their perseverance through centuries to preserve the Christian faith, and their present struggle and existence against all odds is a story you should know. 

Dr. Lois Farag is a Professor of History of Early Christianity at Luther Seminary. As professor and public speaker, her topic of expertise is Alexandrian Theology, Early Christianity, Coptic Orthodox Church, and Spirituality. 

October 7: Tough on Crime

Terry Carlson, retired MN Dept. of Corrections

Hebrews 13:3 says, “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” The United States has an incarceration rate higher than any other country in the world. Reforms are needed to reduce incarceration rates and decrease racial and ethnic disparities. Terry Carlson will outline facts about incarceration in Minnesota and the US as a whole, including social costs. She will offer an opportunity for discussion about changes that could be made, including information about how individuals can make a difference.

Terry Carlson and her husband, Greg, are members of Incarnation. Both have had long careers with the Dept. of Corrections. Terry’s career has included: the women’s prison in Shakopee, positions at the MN Correctional Facility and the agency’s central office, Warden at MCF-Willow River/Moose Lake and Rush City. She served as Assistant and Deputy Commissioner at Central Office from 2009 until her retirement, carrying heavy responsibilities for the ten correctional institutions. She has served as president for the Roseville Rotary club and has had many travel experiences with the group.

Terry is a member of the Serve Ministry Team at Incarnation, serves meals for LifeHaven, has traveled with Incarnation to Haiti, and is involved in many small groups.

October 14: Mental Health in Our Prison System

Dr. Lon Augdahl, Psychiatric Director Centurion

Mental health issues such as depression, dementia, and suicide can affect people of all ages, perhaps more so when one suffers from a life changing physical condition or has been incarcerated for a crime against society. Understanding these life-robbing disabilities and helping one work through change, regardless of the circumstance, demands professional help. Dr. Lon Augdahl has been practicing general psychiatry since 1999, both in hospitals and clinics, presently in the Minnesota State prison system.

Dr. Lon Augdahl graduated from Macalester with a B.A. in chemistry and minor in biology. In 1995 he received his M.D. degree. While completing his residency in psychiatry at the Univ. of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, he served as Chief Resident his final year. He has practiced general psychiatry since 1999. Dr. Augdahl was on the speaker’s bureau for Forrrest, Cephalon and Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical companies while in Fergus Falls. After 5 years he began work in Edina with Park Nicollet as an outpatient psychiatrist. In January of 2014 he became regional psychiatric director for the company providing care for the prisoners in the Minnesota Department of Corrections and now serves the nine state prisons in Minnesota.

October 21: Global Christianity

Dr. Guillermo Hansen, Luther Seminary

Dr. Guillermo Hansen, Luther Seminary, will explore the radical demographic shift of Christianity towards the Global South. What is happening in Africa, Latin America and Asia? What makes these regions fertile soil for the spread of Christianity? What challenges do we all face in the 21st century?

Guillermo Hansen, PhD Luther Seminary, is Associate Dean of Graduate Theological Education, Professor of Global Christianity, Societies and Cultures, and Martin Luther King Jr. Chair for Justice and Christian Community at Luther Seminary. Dr. Hansen has presented at conferences worldwide. As a published author of many books he has also had many articles, essays and chapters published in both Spanish and English.

October 28: Lutheranism Around the World

Dr. Guillermo Hansen, Luther Seminary

What do we have in mind when we think of Lutherans? What does it mean to be part of a global Lutheran communion and how does this understanding shape our views? Dr. Guillermo Hansen, Luther Seminary, will explore the faces of Lutheranism around the world, revisiting its origins and its contemporary presence in all the continents.

Guillermo Hansen, PhD Luther Seminary, is Associate Dean of Graduate Theological Education, Professor of Global Christianity, Societies and Cultures, and Martin Luther King Jr. Chair for Justice and Christian Community at Luther Seminary. Dr. Hansen has presented at conferences worldwide. As a published author of many books he has also had many articles, essays and chapters published in both Spanish and English.

November 4: Invisible Children: Casualties of a Broken System

Patti Hetrick, adoptive parent

Patti Hetrick, mom of four, tells the story of her journey adopting four Minnesota Waiting Children. She will also share a Scorecard for our community regarding the indicators of potential childhood trauma and the societal and economic effect on your community. We will learn what we can do to help.

Patti Hetrick and her husband started this journey 26 years ago when they adopted the first son, Dylan at three years of age. Within the next 5 years they added an 11 year-old son, David, and two daughters Ashley, 8 and Danii, 5. Since then, Patti has researched the effects and therapies for children suffering from multiple adverse effects of childhood trauma. As the Budget Director for a metro county, she understands first-hand the cost and effects of this preventable epidemic.

November 11: Words of Hope Prison Ministry

Jerry Dufeck and Becky Benson, Incarnation; Jacquie Esparza, Amicus

Today we would not only find Jesus in our midst, but also in prisons, talking and eating with criminals and outcasts. When offenders are incarcerated, others are often ignored: victims of crimes, families, and workers in penal institutions. In keeping with our mission statement, Incarnation will partner with Amicus to begin a letter-writing ministry making connections with inmates.

Incarnation member, Jerry Dufeck, Word and Service Minister or Deacon, has also served as a pastoral care co-coordinator and continues his ministry by visiting incarcerated individuals in county jails and workhouses. He is presently tasked by Bishop Lull to serve on the Synod Committee for Public Witness. During his naval career Jerry had penal experience administering non-judicial punishment and courts-martial, visiting prisoners in military and civilian prisons, participating in civil service mediations, district court hearings, and conducting official JAGMAN investigations.

Becky Benson is the Director of Serve and Inviting Ministries at Incarnation.

Jacquie Esparza works with Amicus. Amicus is a Minnesota not-for-profit organization with over 44 years of experience in improving public safety by helping inmates and ex-offenders through positive relationship-building, restorative justice practices and individualized transition services. Amicus partners with inmates, ex-offenders, juvenile offenders, at risk youth and communities to build successful lives and stronger communities. Through innovative programming, Amicus helps inmates and ex-offenders reshape their lives, reach their goals, and make successful transitions from prison into the community. All of the Amicus programs are relationship-based, community-driven, culturally specific and outcome-oriented.

November 18 and November 25: The Pietist Option for Lutherans

Dr. Chris Gertz, Bethel University

In the history of Lutheranism few renewal movements have been as successful as Pietism. This led to revivals everywhere from 17th century Germany to 18th century India and 19th century Scandinavia. Dr. Chris Gehrz, Bethel University, will explain why Pietism is more relevant than ever for American Christianity, and suggest what it would look like for Lutheran churches to embrace an ethos that fuses personal devotion, social reform, and an overarching spirit of “hope for better times.”

Chris Gehrz (PhD, Yale) is professor of history at Bethel University, offering courses on European, international, and religious history. He received the Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching. Professor Gehrz is the author/editor of three books on Pietism, including The Pietist Option: Hope for the Renewal of Christianity (InterVarsity Press, 2017). He is currently researching a “spiritual, but not religious” biography of aviator Charles Lindbergh and blogs regularly at The Pietist Schoolman and The Anxious Bench. Chris lives in Roseville with his wife, Katie, and their eight-year old twins, Lena and Isaiah.

December 2: Welcoming the Stranger

Ana Becerra, Christ the King Lutheran Church

What happens when we welcome the stranger? Volunteering as a Spanish interpreter in 2010, Ana Becerra listened to the need in the community and took the responsibility to create arenas to welcome Spanish speakers at Christ the King.

Ana Becerra has served as Mission Developer at Christ the King/ Cristo Rey Lutheran Church since 2016. Her volunteer experience in the U.S. started with Kinship of Greater Twin Cities as a Spanish interpreter. In 2010 Ms. Becerra listened to the needs in the community and took the responsibility to create arenas to welcome Spanish speakers in Christ the King. She attended the TEEM program at Wartburg Seminary in Iowa to pursue ordination as a pastor.

December 9: Room Enough in the Season for Joy and Lament

Dr. Deanna Thompson, Hamline University

“It’s the hap-happiest time of the year,” sings Andy Williams. For Christians it’s the joyous holy season of celebrating the birth of Jesus and the promise of salvation. When our lives bear heavy wounds of illness, death, or other awfulness, we need to make room for the practice of lament in our individual and communal lives. Join us as we explore how our faith calls us to make room for both joy and sorrow. Doing so opens us up to the possibilities of hope.

Deanna A. Thompson, a Luther scholar, taught religion at Hamline University for 22 years. Since her diagnosis of stage IV cancer in 2008, Thompson writes and speaks widely about issues of illness and faith, including what it means to be sick in the digital age and how trauma theory can help us better understand and care for those who are ill. She is the author of numerous books, and her writings have appeared in the Star Tribune, the Huffington Post, The Christian Century, and more.

December 16: Keeping Advent and Celebrating Christmas in the Digital Age

Dr. Deanna Thompson, Hamline University

Everyone has opinions about how technology is changing our individual and collective lives, often doing more harm than good. Before being diagnosed with stage IV cancer, Dr. Thompson thought that, too. Living with an incurable illness in the digital age has opened her up to ways in which Christ is present “virtually.” Explore ways Christians can live into the season of Advent with help from digital technology.

Deanna A. Thompson, a Luther scholar, taught religion at Hamline University for 22 years. Since her diagnosis of stage IV cancer in 2008, Thompson writes and speaks widely about issues of illness and faith, including what it means to be sick in the digital age and how trauma theory can help us better understand and care for those who are ill. She is the author of numerous books, and her writings have appeared in the Star Tribune, the Huffington Post, The Christian Century, and more.

Questions about Kairos? Contact Pastor Jeanne Hartfield.