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

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; Chris Doege, 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 mediation, district court hearings, and conducting official JAGMAN investigations.

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

Chris Doege 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.