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 is sponsoring a series of webinars via Zoom that will allow people to safely engage with presenters and other participants around important topics.

Fall Webinar Series

If you would like to participate in any of the live Kairos Webinar events in real time or watch the webinar later, you will need to register to receive the Zoom link and other instructions for participating.

Watch for additional dates to be added for November and December.

Being the Church in Disruptive Times

Tuesday, October 13 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom

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The Rev. Dwight Zscheile, Ph.D, Vice President of Innovation and Associate Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary

ELCA statistics suggest the denomination will be gone within a generation unless trends change. As established church structures struggle to adapt amidst dramatic shifts in society and culture, the world needs the Gospel more than ever. How might we navigate this moment with courage, clarity, and hope?

Dwight Zscheile is vice president of innovation and associate professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. An Episcopal priest, he is author of Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America (with Craig Van Gelder, Eerdmans, 2018), The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age (Morehouse Publishing, 2014), People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity (Morehouse Publishing, 2012) and The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (with Craig Van Gelder, Baker Academic 2011) and editor of Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation (Eerdmans, 2012). A graduate of Stanford University (BA), Yale University (MDiv) and Luther Seminary (PhD, Congregational Mission and Leadership), he previously served congregations in Minnesota, Virginia and Connecticut. Dwight’s experience growing up in a secular home in California has shaped his commitment to helping the church cultivate Christian community with new populations and generations in today’s changing world.

How Lutherans Are Perfectly Suited to Strengthen Democracy: Being Church in a Time Like This

Tuesday, October 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom

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Presenter: Dr. Lois Malcolm, Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary

What does it mean to be church in a divided nation that is also healing from a pandemic? How is God calling us to embody God’s reign amidst pain and grief, and anger and mistrust? If God is, indeed, enacting a ministry and message of reconciliation through Christ, then what difference does that make amidst everything else that is going on in our lives—at home, at work, in our surrounding communities, and even in our nation?

Lois Malcolm (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is a professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary, where she has been teaching since 1994.  She grew up in the Philippines as the daughter of missionaries. Before becoming a theologian, she received an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (from the University of Minnesota) and taught linguistics and English as a second language courses in the U. S. and overseas.  Her books include Holy Spirit: Creative Power in Our Lives (Fortress, 2009); God, an edited volume for The Westminster Collection of Sources of Christian Theology (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012), and two forthcoming books:  A Theological Commentary on Second Corinthians for the Belief series (Westminster John Knox);  and Sophia Cries Out in the Street: Wisdom in Christian Theology (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press).

Questions about Kairos? Contact Pastor Jeanne Hartfield.