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Christian education is an important part of Emanuel’s life and ministry.  Adults are encouraged to continue their Christian education, and the Adult Forum meets throughout the academic year to provide opportunity for the furthering of one’s Christian education.  Topics at the forum are wide-ranging, but are generally concerned with biblical studies, contemporary ethical concerns, topics of cultural relevance, issues in Christian theology, and inquiry into the teachings of religions other than Christianity. The Adult Forum gathers in the Louise Martz Social Hall at 9:00 a.m. for coffee and tea. Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Social Hall.  Everyone is welcome to participate. 


The Adult Forum will begin at 9:15 a.m.
(Please note the new starting time.)
Coffee and tea will be available at 9:00 a.m.

September 10, 17, 24
Topic: Decisions at the End of Life

Thanks to modern medicine and improved nutrition, more human beings are living longer than ever before. Those who are living longer are often living better as well, but this is by no means always the case, and it is quite possible and not at all uncommon for people to be kept alive even after the quality of their lives has been greatly diminished by disease or debilitation. These sessions will explore the moral questions arise pertaining to end of life decisions? Should persons be allowed to choose to have their lives ended when they are terminally ill or living in constant pain? What does the Christian faith have to offer for thinking these issues through? This series will also address the options and quality of life questions for living available to people who are aged and/or incapacitated.

October 1, 8
Topics to be announced.

October 15, 22, 29
Luther and the Reformation of the Church

The springboard for this series will be the travel writer, Rick Steves’, film “Luther and the Reformation”, which will be shown on October 15 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The film is one hour long and will take up the entire session on the 15th. With the film as background, there will be discussion on the 22nd and the 29th about the film and some of the larger themes that the film raises concerning the Reformation. This will lead to a discussion of the character of Lutheran theology and the Lutheran church and the distinctiveness of Lutheranism in Christianity.
There will be a poll taken on the 15th to find out if there are people who would like to attend a showing of the feature film Luther, starring Ralph Fiennes. Many members and most confirmation students have seen the film, but it bears seeing again and is certainly worth watching for the first time. This showing may be done in conjunction with a pot luck dinner.

This series will be informative in many ways but not least of all in illustrating the great resource and strength of the Christian faith for shaping personal character. Come to the Forum and participate in something that is of interest to us all.

Coffee is ready at 9:00 a.m.
Forum session begins at 9:15 a.m.

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