Kairos Adult Forum

Another season of Kairos will begin this fall on Sunday, September 18! Kairos Adult Forum 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. This year we will be offering both a Sunday morning in person Kairos experience and a bi-monthly Monday evening Zoom experience. Sunday mornings we will meet from 10:15-11:15 a.m. in the Fireside Room. On Monday nights we will meet from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Fall At-a-Glance Schedule

Sundays 10:15-11:15 a.m. in Fireside

September 18 & 25 Songs of the Assembly: Amy Maakestad, Director of Incarnation Traditional Worship

October 2 Biblical Wisdom: Influencing Beliefs About Christ and the Trinity: Dr. Lois Malcom, Olin and Amanda Fjelstad Reigstad Chair of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary

October 9 Christ as Wisdom in our Personal and Corporate Lives: Dr. Lois Malcom

October 16 & 23 Reformation Art: Dr. Kristin Anderson, Professor of Art, Augsburg University

October 30 and November 6 Christian Nationalism: Dr. Nancy Koester, Luther Seminary Faculty & Rolf Olson, ELCA Pastor

November 13 St. John’s Bible: Grant Rykken, Incarnation member and St. John’s Bible Study Leader

November 20 Disabilities Ministry at Incarnation: Rebecca Christiansen Director of Children’s and Family Ministry

Mondays on Zoom 7:00-8:30 p.m.

October 3 Faithfulness in a Time of Collapse: Dwight Zscheile, Vice President of Innovation and Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership Luther Seminary & Michael Chan, Executive Director for Faith and Learning, Concordia College

October 17Mental Health, Mindy Greiling, former MN legislator

November 7 Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Refugee Services: Karin Blythe, LSS Refugee Services Program Manager and Resettlement Supervisor

November 21 Disabilities Ministry: Dr. Ben Conner, Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the Center for Disability and Ministry at Western Theological Seminary

Descriptions

Sundays, September 18 & 25:10:15-11:15 a.m. in Fireside Room

“Songs of the Assembly”

The congregation gathers to sing their faith each week as distinct voices unite in song. Having recently added “The Cranberry Hymnal” to our sanctuary worship space, Amy Maakestad will lead these opportunities to thoroughly examine and sing some of the church’s richly diverse hymnody. We will also discuss historical background, hymnal layout, and the hundreds of pages of Evangelical Lutheran Worship that are not hymns.

Director of Traditional Worship at Incarnation Lutheran Church Amy  Maakestad finds deep joy in leading the church in song. During 28 years of music ministry in churches of various denominations, she has experienced a wide variety of singing traditions. Her love of hymns, and especially how best to play them, was further nurtured throughout graduate studies at Luther Seminary.

Sunday, October 2: 10:15-11:15 a.m. in Fireside Room

“How Biblical Wisdom Influenced Our Beliefs about Christ and the Trinity”

Did you know that the biblical figure of Wisdom (called Sophia in Greek or Hokmah in Hebrew) played a crucial role in forming our core Christian beliefs about Christ and the Trinity?  Luther Seminary Professor Lois Malcolm will guide looking at the core biblical wisdom texts (from both Old and New Testament) that played a crucial role in the formation of the creeds and discuss why they continue to be relevant for the contemporary confession, experience, and practice of our faith. Lois Malcolm is Olin and Amanda Fjelstad Reigstad Chair of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary.

Monday, October 3: on Zoom 7:00-8:30 p.m.

“Faithfulness in a Time of Collapse”

In a time when many religious institutions are facing precipitous decline, critique, and suspicion, how can we discover God’s hope? The Old Testament prophets provide rich perspective on how to navigate this season of disruption. They will help us envision what faithfulness might look like today.  The presenters bring rich academic and experiential insights to this topic.

Dwight Zscheile, vice president of innovation and professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary, is also an ordained Episcopal priest, who has served congregations in Minnesota, Virginia and Connecticut. His 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.

Executive director of faith and learning at Concordia College, Moorhead,  Michael Chan directs the Lorentzsen and Dovre centers, guides Concordia’s interfaith relationships, and oversees the work of Campus Ministry.  Prior to that,, he was associate professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He joined Luther Seminary after completing his Ph.D. at Emory University and a year of research and teaching at the University of Helsinki.

Sunday, October 9: 10:15-11:15 a.m. in Fireside Room

“Sophia Cries in the Streets: Christ as Wisdom in our Personal and Corporate Lives”

What difference does Jesus make in our personal lives and in how we interact with others, from our families and congregations, to the broader communities in which we participate? Examine how biblical wisdom texts help us understand better how to embody and manifest the presence of Jesus in all aspects of our lives. Led by Dr. Lois Malcom

Questions about Kairos? Contact The Kairos Committee.