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Sunday Forum

Sunday Forums are an education and faith formation opportunity on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:20am in Heritage Hall, which is in the lower lever under the worship space.

We at University Lutheran Church of Hope are thoughtful believers dedicated to faith formation and mindful inquiry, expanding our understanding of how God is at work in our lives. Come and explore your questions in a caring community.

Sunday Forum schedule for September and January 2020

January 5 – Epiphany Safari

On this Epiphany Sunday, we will hear from Lyle Lutz, a member at Hope who spent five years on the mission field in Tanzania.  He will share his journey/safari of 82 years from his birth in a Minnesota parishioner’s farmhouse through college and seminary, his time in missions and other ministries and his wife’s life journey with Parkinson’s.

January 12 – How We Talk to Each Other?

Pastor Jen and Minister of Faith in Community Nick Tangen will invite us into exploration of our interactions and communications as a community. In these times we’re often crossing the lines of generations, age, introvert/extrovert, gender (yes, our choice of pronouns). It’s easy to make assumptions (“Oh, they are younger, they must be a student.” or “So and so identifies with male pronouns.” or “They’re young, they’ll save the church!”) but let’s dig into our assumptions and strengthen our community interactions.

January 19 – Invoking MLK in Today’s Struggle for Racial Justice

On this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Sunday, we will watch a of a 20-minute video, Invoking MLK in Today’s Struggle for Racial Justice, of a presentation by Deshonna Collier-Goubil, PhD at Azusa Pacific University in the Los Angeles area.    She offers some insights into Dr King’s ministry and how this Black Lives Matter movement follows in his footsteps.  There will be time for conversation following the video.

January 26 – “Building Hope, Health, Cultural Prosperity, and Education for American Indian Families”

Come hear Patina Park, President/CEO of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) in Minneapolis, which offers services and advice regarding child advocacy, legal assistance, housing, parenting skills, chemical dependency, mental health, cultural resilience, and historical trauma.  The MIWRC recently received a Bush Foundation award to use as they see the needs in their community.  Ms. Park was recently named to serve on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s task force.