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.

Winter/Spring 2018 Themes & Speakers

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

March 11: Who is happiest? Generosity can change your life!

The Rev. Catherine Malotky, Luther Seminary

Many American Christians raised in the middle of the economic spectrum look for the American Dream that is promised by cultural messages. Kairos presenter, The Rev. Catherine Malotky, asks how much is enough? How do you know?  What does that mean for the communities we are called to love and support?  What about our own well-being?

The Rev. Catherine Malotky served congregations in urban and rural settings.  Many are familiar with her work for three decades as a writer of curricula and devotional material. Her interest in generosity evolved with her work in stewardship as retirement/personal finance coach, and director of development at Luther Seminary. She is a Certified Retirement Counselor and is trained as a live coach.

March 18: Bega Kwa Bega-Life Together

The Rev. Peter Harrits, St. Paul Area Synod

Bega Kwa Bega, Swahili for Shoulder to Shoulder, is the phrase we use to describe the companion relationships we share between the Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA and the Iringa Diocese of the ELCT and between Incarnation, Mkwawa, and Kigamboni parishes. Through them, we walk and work beside our sisters and brothers in Christ in one of the fastest growing Lutheran churches and live into our calling as co-participants in God’s global mission.

The Rev. Peter Harrits joined the synod in January 2014 as Director of Bega Kwa Bega (BKB), our Tanzania mission with the Iringa Diocese. A graduate of Yale Divinity, Peter was ordained in 2011 and served his first call as Country Coordinator in Malaysia with ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission. Peter and his wife Jenny live in St. Paul with their daughter and two dogs.

March 25: Raising a Spiritual Child in an Age of Overindulgence

Dr. David Bredehoft, Prof. Emeritus Concordia University

Kairos presenter, Dr. David Bredehoft, author of “How Much is Too Much? Raising Likeable, Responsible, Respectful Children – From Toddlers To Teens – In An Age of Overindulgence” will discuss his research on childhood overindulgence: how it affects children throughout adolescence and adulthood: the threat this poses for a child’s spirituality: and what parents can do instead.

David Bredehoft, Ph. D. is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Family Studies at Concordia University, St. Paul. After 37 years of service he retired in 2013 as the Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. He continues his research and writing on the topic of overindulgence as webmaster for www.overindulgence.org.

April 8, 15, and 22: When the World Gets Turned Upside Down: Read Acts during Easter

Dr. Matt Skinner, Luther Seminary

The Acts of the Apostles tells a story about what God sets in motion as an outcome of Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension. The followers of Jesus populating the pages of Acts live and speak of their newfound conviction that anything is possible now that Christ has been raised from the dead. Over three Sundays we will consider how Acts lends a sense of wonder and high expectations to our experience of Easter. When our ideas about what God can make possible become too small, Acts offers a welcome remedy.

Dr. Matthew Skinner is Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary. His book Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel: Encountering the Divine in the Book of Acts examines how we best read the Acts of the Apostles to allow this peculiar book to inform our reflections on God, the challenges of faith, and the life of the church. His most recent publishing project, A Companion to the New Testament, provides an introduction to the whole New Testament and how the biblical writings inform Christian beliefs and life. Ordained as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Skinner frequently teaches at conferences, on campuses, and in congregations.

April 29: Rice Street Gardens

Ron Peterson, Galilee Lutheran member, Retired Honeywell executive

Showing Christian love for their neighborhood, Galilee Lutheran reached out by starting and supporting a community garden. Upon retirement, Ron Peterson put his organizational skills to work. He helped develop 2.5 empty acres of fertile land into a shared garden that could be used by local apartment dwellers and recent immigrants from over 10 countries.

Ron Peterson, with a PhD in physics, was Chief Technology Officer at Honeywell before retiring in 2000. He states that he knew absolutely nothing about gardening (unless you count planting petunias each year) but was skilled at organizing people, lobbying government, technical tricks, and not giving up.

Questions about Kairos? Contact Pastor Jeanne Hartfield.