Forums

Join us for discussions and presentations from a wide variety of faithful perspectives at our Sunday Forum. Forum meets in Fellowship Hall on the lower level on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. during the program year. All are welcome.

Upcoming Sunday Forums 2022-2023

November 13:  Kidsave is a non-profit organization that advocates to find permanent homes for older children in need of permanent families. Kidsave has created a hosting program that gives older Colombian children the opportunity to stay with a family in the U.S. with the intent to adopt or assist in connecting the child(ren) with others who may be interested in adopting them. Gloria Dei members Miguel and Monica Lindgren are the Kidsave Minnesota Community Coordinators. They will share their experience with Kidsave and answer questions about hosting, adopting and volunteer opportunities.

November 20:  Working Together to Do Reparations Well: Part 3. We continue our discernment work with Pastor Kelly Sherman-Conroy, regarding actively living into our land acknowledgement statement. How can reparations help us build healing and reconciliation between our community and Indigenous people? Pastor Sherman- Conroy will help us consider cultural awareness as we celebrate Native history, and Gloria Dei’s Racial Justice team will help us apply this information to our Guiding Principles and consider next steps in our process of reparations.

November 27: Making Room in the Inn: Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.  As Advent begins, Gloria Dei members who serve on our Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative team will help us learn about the ways this organization connects faith communities to a range of services meeting the needs of housing insecure members of our community. We will discuss how the election will affect Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative initiatives, Gloria Dei’s involvement with Gladstone Crossing, and how Gloria Dei can work with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative housing initiatives at Gladstone Crossing as well as with affordable housing vouchers.

December 4:  Annunciation: Fear Not Your Yes – Artist and Gloria Dei member Dan Hendricksen introduces us to his art display in the Gallery. Highlighting Annunciation, his piece that now hangs in the office common area, Dan will share themes that inspire his work: Sacred land/Desecrated land, Reuse of discarded materials, and the changing seasons. We meet in the Gallery for this Forum.

Past Forums’ Recordings and Resources (if applicable)

What Does Religion Have to do with the War in Ukraine?, April 3, 2022

Caring for the Caregivers, March 20, 2022

Hidden Inheritance, March 13, 2022

Camino de Santiago de Compostella Pilgrimmage, March 6, 2022

Homes with Heart, Feb. 20, 2022

Beyond Deep Gladness, Feb. 6, 2022

Life, Faith and Career During COVID – Educators Panel, Jan. 30, 2022

Life, Faith and Career During COVID – Health Care Panel, Jan. 23, 2022

Advent Peace, Dec. 5, 2021. To learn more about speaker John Noltner’s book and resources, please visit his website, A Peace of My Mind. Or to buy his book, visit this website.

Advent Hope, Nov. 28, 2021

Making Room in the Inn: Preparing to Welcome our First Guest(s) to Room 99, Nov. 21, 2021

Caring for Children and Adolescents in Times of Societal Stress, Nov. 14, 2021 (Speaker’s Presentation)

Making Room in the Inn: What Does it Mean to Seek Asylum?, Nov. 7, 2021

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Oct. 31, 2021

Rituals of Anger, Oct. 24, 2021

Ecothelogy, Oct. 17, 2021

Sacred Land and Reparations, Oct. 10, 2021

“Rise, O Church” Design Update with Task Force and architects, May 2, 2021

Forum recording.

Online immersive experience of the renewed sanctuary. (Access from a smart phone or other device.)