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 March 2018
March 4 – Perception, Expectations, and Prejudice: Joseph Erickson, an Augsburg professor in the Education Department, a Luther Seminary graduate, a licensed psychologist in private practice, and a member at Hope along with his wife, Beth Ubbelohde, will engage us in a conversation about how normal perception and expectations influence the development of prejudice, sexism, and racism and what approaches, social psychologists have learned, can have an impact on changing peoples’ attitudes about race, gender, and other “-isms.” Joseph Erickson served on the Minneapolis School Board from 2002 to 2006 and was its chair for two of those years. He will give us much to ponder.
March 11 – Intergenerational service: Gather in Fellowship Hall for a Service Sunday focused on the theme, “Home.” We will prepare to welcome our Families Moving Forward guests by setting up rooms, making tie blankets, and writing notes of welcome. We will also assemble college care-packages, gather resources for the Humane Society, and write cards for our home-bound members. If you have any questions, or would like to help with this effort, please contact Nick Tangen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 18 – Baptized We Live: In baptism, there are promises and professions. As parents, sponsors, and congregation members, we commit to nurturing the one being baptized. As a community of faith, we profess our beliefs and we renounce the powers that wrestle us away from God and God’s reign. What does this say about how we shall live (and die)? Work for justice? Dwell in grace? Join Pastor Jen for a conversation about baptism, with a focus on issues of race, white privilege, and institutional racism.
March 25 – Stories of Hope: Continuing with tradition, we have asked Johanna Nashandi and Abby Lucas to share their faith journeys. Johanna is a recent member who came from Namibia with her children to work toward her PhD in social work on the St Paul campus of the U of M. Abby is active in social justice concerns at Hope and is currently working as program manager at Hammer Residence in Wayzata. She joined University Lutheran Church or Hope in the spring, 2016. Come and get to know these two dynamic women.