Kairos Adult Forum

Our Kairos Adult Forum meets every other Monday night on Zoom as an enrichment for the mind and soul. With a mix of timely topics, Bible Study, and theological explorations, each of these classes is presented by scholars, theologians and other professionals. Mark your calendars for September 13 and 27, October 11 and 25, November 8 and 22, and December 6. Sessions begin each night at 7:00 p.m. sharp! Following the presentation there will be opportunity to interact with the presenter by asking questions and by sharing what connected with you. 

The Fall At-a-Glance Schedule

September 13: “Navigating Differences That Make a Difference – The IDI as Tool & Guide” Presenter: The Rev. Peter Harrits, Assistant to the Bishop, St. Paul Area Synod

September 27: “Wayfinding: Paths to Co-creating a Better World” Presenters: Rev. “PK” Kelly Chatman and Dan Bielenberg, Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement

October 11: “Shattered to Whole” Presenter: Bethany Ringdal, Jonathan House

October 25: “Building Community for the Homeless” Presenter: Gabrielle Clowdus, CEO and Founder of Settled

November 8: “Nationally Recognized Nonprofit Addresses Homelessness” Presenter: Andrea Kish-Bailey, Solid Ground

November 22: “Finding Hope in a Divided Country” Presenter: Rev. Angela Denker

December 6: “The Prophetic Narratives: A Glimpse Into the Ministry of Elisha” Presenter: The Rev. Dr. Travis West, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI


September 13
“Navigating Differences That Make a Difference – The IDI as Tool & Guide”
Presenter: The Rev. Peter Harrits
Place: Zoom; 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Many of us talk the talk but are less effective at walking the walk when it comes to building local and global partnerships that are mutually transformative, leaning into the challenges of anti-racism and diversity. Participants will receive an overview of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a tool used to discover one’s intercultural competence. They will also learn about the developmental theory upon which the IDI was built and identify ways the IDI can be used in congregations like Incarnation.

About the presenter:
The Rev. Peter Harrits joined the St. Paul Area Synod in January 2014 as Director of Bega Kwa Bega (BKB), our Tanzania mission with the Iringa Diocese. In that role, Peter oversees the overall work of the BKB partnership and supervises a team of volunteers related to the work of Bega Kwa Bega. As an Assistant to the Bishop, Peter has been trained as a qualified administrator of the (IDI). He is able to provide coaching for groups to become more effectively engaged in diversity and the work of anti-racism.

September 27
“Wayfinding: Paths to Co-creating a Better World”
Rev. “PK” Kelly Chatman and Deacon Dan Bielenberg, Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement
Place: Zoom; 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Currently there is a lot of discussion on Inclusion and Belonging. What are some actions we can take to promote a community of Inclusion and Belonging in our own circles of influence in order to co-create a better world? Using some of the information gathered from the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), the presenters will discuss actions we can take as a community to answer these questions. Experience with the IDI is not necessary to gain from this session.

About the presenters:
Incarnation has begun a new partnership with the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement, who’s vision is to mobilize congregations and leaders as powerful neighborhood-based agents for positive social change and has a mission to offer transformative learning experiences that strengthen and inspire leaders and congregations. Rev. “PK” Kelly Chatman, the Executive Director of CLNE, is a nationally sought-after teacher of the church in the areas of multi-cultural leadership, community engagement and congregational revitalization. Prior to launching the CLNE, he served for 20 years as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church and as Executive Director of Redeemer Center. Dan Bielenberg, Director of Learning and Equitable Social Change of CLNE, brings years of experience in learning and leadership development into his call to service in the church and community.  Prior to joining CLNE, Dan was a leader in corporate learning and leadership development, specializing in innovation skills.  Dan recently completed his MDiv; he is new to Minneapolis and learning to love the neighbors and neighborhoods.

October 11
“Shattered to Whole”
Presenter: Bethany Ringdal
Place: Zoom; 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The ELCA adopted a sanctuary memorial in 2019 supporting congregations who recognize asylum seekers and refugees seeking safety and support. The International Association for Refugees, of which Jonathan House is a part, sees itself as a tool in the belt of the churches for doing ministry with forcefully-displaced people. Bethany Ringdal, a Luther Seminary graduate, will share her personal and pastoral mission as Community Formation Coordinator for International Association for Refugees, its work providing asylum seekers safety and support at Jonathan House and how people in the community can get involved

October 25
“Building Community for the Homeless”
Presenter: Gabrielle Clowdus
Place: Zoom; 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The standard approach to homelessness is called Housing First: “providing four walls and a roof” and offering professional services. This approach falls short because just as critical a component of homelessness is lack of integration into a supportive and nurturing community, A “community first” approach is an alternative that focuses not only on providing shelter but on meeting relational and social needs in a holistic way through the local faith community.

About the presenter:
Gabrielle Clowdus holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Architecture and will finish 5-year Ph.D. program in Housing Studies. Previously she was head of the Architecture department at a non-profit that converted shipping containers into orphanages, clinics, and schools in partnership with developing nations. She has devoted herself to walking alongside people in poverty recognizing that her own privilege comes with responsibility and a conviction that we belong to one another.

November 8
“Nationally Recognized Nonprofit Addresses Homelessness”
Presenter: Andréa Kish-Bailey
Place: Zoom; 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Through safe, affordable housing and innovative supportive programming, Incarnation’s partner in ministry, Solid Ground, helps families break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for the next generation. Kairos presenter, Andréa Kish-Bailey will talk about the eight programs in the suburban Ramsey and Washington Counties housing nearly 570 women, men and children annually.

About the presenter:
Andréa Kish-Bailey, Director of Philanthropy, joined the staff in June 2020 after serving as the VP of Advancement at Hope 4 Youth in Anoka. Prior to that, Andréa served as the executive director of the White Bear Area Emergency Food shelf. Andréa has over twenty years of experience in non-profit management.

November 22
“Finding Hope in a Divided Country”
Presenter: Rev. Angela Denker
Place: Zoom; 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening with author Angela Denker, as we investigate the rise of Christian nationalism in America and seek to more deeply understand the role of politics across American Christianity. Learn more about regional differences among American Christians, and hear stories from Christians all across the country: from coastal California to rural Appalachia.

About the presenter:
Angela Denker is an ELCA pastor and veteran journalist. She’s written for many publications, including Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, and FORTUNE magazine. Denker has appeared on CNN, BBC and SkyNews to share her research on politics and Christian Nationalism in the U.S. Her book, Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters who elected Donald Trump, was the 2019 Silver Foreword Indies award-winner for political and social sciences. Her website is angeladenker.com. Rev. Denker currently serves as Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton, Minn. She has also pastored congregations in Chicago, Las Vegas, Orange County, and the Twin Cities.

December 6
“The Prophetic Narratives: A Glimpse Into the Ministry of Elisha”
Presenter: Rev. Dr. Travis West
Place: Zoom; 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The prophetic narratives (roughly the books of Samuel–Kings) imagine a world aflame with the glory and presence of the Living God. The prophets stood in God’s presence and absorbed God’s passionate love for justice on behalf of all creation. Their words and deeds incarnate these convictions in ways both profound and baffling to us living in the 21st century. Elisha was one of these profound and baffling prophets. During our session we will look at a couple of stories from the Elisha cycle (1 Kings 19.15–21, 2 Kings 2–13) to explore the significance of Elisha’s ministry and the theological achievement of Israel’s storytellers.

About the presenter:
Travis West teaches Hebrew and Old Testament at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He sees teaching as an act of hospitality, making space for students to have meaningful encounters with the subject matter, their classmates, and ultimately the Spirit, in order to become more fully themselves. When he isn’t at work he can be found searching for wonder, whether on long walks through the fields near his house listening to Audible, reading poetry, or hanging out with his artist wife whose art and reflections perpetually amaze him.

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