Kairos Adult Forum

Kairos Adult Form 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 2020 Themes & Speakers

March 8 – The Vocation of Administration

Danette Griffith, Incarnation Administrator

Have you ever wondered what an administrator does at a church anyway? Explore with Danette Griffith, Incarnation Administrator,the spiritual gift of administration and her work in our community of faith. Have the opportunity to ask questions about whatever is on your mind. Danette Griffith has been on staff since December 2018. She holds a BA from the University of Minnesota. She has worked in communications and administration at one Lutheran university, the Minneapolis Area Synod, and four Lutheran congregations. She is married to Steve Griffith.

March 15 – Why I am a Lutheran

Panel of Incarnation members

Inspired by the “I’m a Lutheran” column in Living Lutheran magazine, we will celebrate both the unique and the shared experiences we have as people shaped by Lutheran faith and theology. Each session will include short interviews with three panelists. Interviews and table talk will be moderated by Rev. Rich Omland, Visitation Pastor at Incarnation.

March 22 and 29 – Who is Isaiah’s “Suffering Servant”?

Dr. Cameron Howard, Luther Seminary

The book of Isaiah contains four so-called “servant songs,” which describe an unnamed, righteous servant of God who suffers and is eventually vindicated. From the Gospels to Handel’s Messiah, Christian interpretation has traditionally identified this servant with Jesus Christ, and the servant songs feature prominently in Lenten liturgies. At the same time, the poems as considered in their original sixth-century B.C.E. context invite different interpretations. In this study we will take a closer look at Isaiah’s servant songs, considering how they might have sounded to their first hearers and how they continue to resonate in new ways today.

Cameron B. R. Howard is associate professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Among her publications are contributions to the twentieth-anniversary edition of the Women’s Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox 2012), Connections: A Lectionary Commentary Resource (Westminster John Knox 2018), Presbyterians Today magazine, and the journal Word & World. She is also a frequent contributor to WorkingPreacher.org.

April 5 – Sacred Space: Historic Churches of the Twin Cities

Dr. Kristin Anderson, Augsburg University

In this virtual tour of landmark churches in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Dr. Kristin Anderson of Augsburg University will help consider the worship spaces of various denominations, meet some important church architects, and see a variety of different styles of building over the past 150 year—including Incarnation!

Dr. Kristen Anderson teaches courses on the history of art and architecture  at Augsburg University..  One of her popular course offerings is about the architectural and urban history of the Twin Cities. From 2013 until 2018, Kristin served as the president of the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (MNSAH), and she was the local co-chair for the 2018 Society of Architectural Historians International Conference in St. Paul. She is the chair of the Minnesota State Review Board for National Register of Historic Places designations.

April 12 – Easter

No Kairos presentation


April 19 – Diversity at Augsburg: Honoring Our Neighbor’s Faith

Fardosa Hassan, Augsburg Campus Ministry

April 26 – Becoming Science Informed Christians

The Rev. Siri Erickson, Chaplain, Gustavus Adolphus College

We need both science and faith to address many of the world’s most pressing challenges.  People of all ages, and especially teenagers and young adults, are eager to hear from the church about how science and faith can work together.  Every summer, the Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics equips emerging adults to become science-informed theologians through its programs and activities.  Research from the Gustavus Academy demonstrates the importance and impact of using effective approaches for engaging Christians in science-informed theological reflection.

Rev. Siri Erickson is Chaplain at Gustavus Adolphus College and Director of the Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics.  She holds a B.A. in chemistry from Carleton College, M.Div. from Claremont School of Theology, and will graduate in May 2020 with her Doctor of Ministry degree from Claremont School of Theology.  Rev. Erickson is the daughter of former Incarnation pastor, Luther Dale, and has taught adult education courses with her dad at Incarnation in previous years.  Prior to her work at Gustavus, she served as Pastor of Lifelong  Learning at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater, MN.

Questions about Kairos? Contact Pastor Jeanne Hartfield.