Sunday morning learning
Deep roots in faith
On Sunday mornings, you’ll find three options for adult classes on Sundays, 10:45-11:30 a.m., September to May. Come. Meet up with God’s Word, some riveting ideas, and a host of interesting people. There’s no need to register in advance. Just grab your cup of coffee and settle in.
Martin Luther and music: Martin Luther is most known for his 95 Theses, starting the Reformation in one of the most significant events in Western history. What may not be so well known is that Martin Luther was an enthusiastic proponent of music, and even composed himself. Many of Luther’s hymns have become a beloved part of contemporary liturgy. Consider Luther’s thoughts on music, both in his own personal application, as well as that to congregational worship. Nathan Windt, St. Paul Chorale director and associate professor of music, St. Ambrose University. In the Chapel.
Pyramids of violence and racism: Two pyramids, one representing a continuum of violence and one a continuum of racism, show how seemingly non-harmful, or socially acceptable beliefs and actions are at the foundation of the worst possible acts in our world. Learn more about the pyramids, and consider how you are represented. Ann McGlynn, director of communication. In the Luther Loft.
The Bible project: Using just one page of creative illustrations and diagrams, discover the key themes of each book in the New Testament. Pastor Josh Kestner and the book of Acts. In Room 208.
Luther by the Bach: As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, one of the composers most associated with German church music is the great Johann Sebastian Bach. Two of Bach’s cantatas were written to celebrate the Reformation Festival: God, the Lord, is Sun and Shield, BWV 79, and the beloved setting of Martin Luther’s hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God, BWV 80. This session will address Bach’s understanding of the theological components of the Reformation Festival, and Martin Luther, through his musical setting of these two cantatas. Nathan Windt, St. Paul Chorale director and associate professor of music, St. Ambrose University. In the Chapel.
Family Bible Study: In place of regular learning, families will strengthen their intentional conversations by digging into the Bible and learning about the Reformation. Bring your Bibles! In Fellowship Hall.
The Bible project: Using just one page of creative illustrations and diagrams, discover the key themes of each book in the New Testament. Led by Pastor Katy Warren. In Room 208.
Radical Lutherans/Lutheran Radicals: Can a Lutheran be socio-politically radical? Can a radical be faithfully Lutheran? Jason Mahnof Augustana College will answer “yes” bytracing the ideas and lives of people such as Martin Luther, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothee Soelle, and maybe even you. He will read from his new book, Radical Lutherans/Lutheran Radicals. Jason Mahn, associate professor of religion, Augustana College. In the Chapel.
Horses Heal: Growing through therapeutic equine activities: Acting as personal mirrors, teaching patience, and assisting in personal growth, horses are essential tools in the physical, emotional, mental, and cognitive development of individuals with special needs. Join New Kingdom Trailriders as they present the many ways horses heal. Theresa O’Keefe, St. Paul member. In the Luther Loft.
The Bible project: Using just one page of creative illustrations and diagrams, discover the key themes of each book in the New Testament. Led by Pastor Kelsey Fitting-Snyder. In Room 208.
Reporting On Faith In A Faithless Age: An NPR View: Tom Gjelten is a National Public Radio reporter who covers issues of religion, faith, and belief. His stories encompass areas such as the changing religious landscape in America, the formation of personal identity, the role of religion in politics, and social and cultural conflict arising from religious differences. He is the 2017 Faith & Life speaker. In the Sanctuary.
The refugee as stranger: Since the end of World War II and the experience of displaced persons in its aftermath, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has been responsible for structuring global responses to crises that place people at risk in their own nations. Discuss the situation of refugees in the U.S. and the rest of the world before reflecting on competing views regarding our obligations to strangers. Peter Kivisto, professor of sociology, anthropology,and social welfare, Augustana College. In the Chapel.
Feeding people, not landfills: The Food Rescue Partnership is a Quad Cities coalition that promotes rescuing food for its best possible use. Dedicated to eliminating food waste, Food Rescue establishes partnerships between community stakeholders to reduce the amount of food going to landfills and increase the amount available to feed hungry people. Pete Vogel, board chair. In the Luther Loft.
The Bible project: Using just one page of creative illustrations and diagrams, discover the key themes of each book in the New Testament. Led by Ryan Bailey, director of faith formation. In Room 208.
Nurturing an inclusive workplace through strengths: The city of Davenport’s inclusion & equity administrator will discuss efforts within the city to create and nurture a strengths-based environment. This includes a commitment to building an environment, a workplace, and a community in which everyone is valued and everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Scott J. VanDeWoestyne, city of Davenport. In the Chapel.
Family Advent Learning: During the learning hour, people of all ages are invited to Fellowship Hall to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord. Kick off the Advent season with songs, a Bible story, and family craft. In Fellowship Hall.
The Bible project: Using just one page of creative illustrations and diagrams, discover the key themes of each book in the New Testament. Led by Pastor Peter Marty. In Room 208.