Sunday Morning Adult Seminar

What Do Lutherans Believe?: The Book of Concord

Lead by Mike Olsen

May 22 & 29

9:30 a.m., Fireside Room

If you consult Wikipedia online and ask what Lutherans believe, you are immediately referred to the Book of Concord. What is the Book of Concord? This two-session class will examine it – its history, doctrines, and in some cases, downright quirky pronouncements.

Coming Soon

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

Book Discussion Lead by Michaela Eskew

June 5 to June 26

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Peel House

Anyone else feeling burned out? Anyone else want to make sure this summer is rejuvenating and not draining? Join us for a book discussion on the New York Times Bestseller, How To Do Nothing. We will look hard at the things that take our attention and keep us on the wheel of “efficiency”. Because when we can take stock of what is stealing our attention, we can better focus our attention on the things that would make our lives and world better. Books will be made available for sale throughout the class, or your welcome to buy your own version – hardcopy, ebook or audiobook.

June 5 – Chapters 1 & 2

June 12 – Chapters 3 & 4

June 19 – Chapters 5 & 6

June 26 – Conclusion

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Book Discussion lead by Michaela Eskew

July 31 to September 4

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Peel House

There is a hidden hierarchy in our social system. To close out the summer, we are going to read another New York Times Bestseller and discuss the topics of race, caste, and the myth of the American dream. Books will be made available for sale throughout the class, or your welcome to buy your own version – hardcopy, ebook or audiobook. 

July 31 – Part One: Toxins in the Permafrost and Heat Rising All Around

August 7 – Part Two: The Arbitrary Construction of Human Divisions

August 14 – Part Three: The Eight Pillars of Caste

August 21 – Part Four: The Tentacles of Caste

August 28 – Part Five: The Consequences of Caste

September 4 – Part Six: Backlash and Part Seven: Awakening

Past Lectures

Van Gogh: Art and Life

Lead by Michaela Eskew

March 6 – April 10

Vincent van Gogh is probably one of the most famous artists of all time, however few know that he was a Dutch Reformed pastor’s son and at one time pursued the ministry himself. He was an incredibly spiritual person, as is shown often in his letters to his family and friends. Over the six Sundays of Lent, we will be exploring Vincent van Gogh’s life and art. Join me as we explore his many masterpieces alongside his letters and biography. Recordings of the lectures can be found at the bottom of this page.

March 6 – A Religious Upbringing

March 13 – Vincent the Evangelist

March 20 – An Artist is Born

March 27 – Sunny Afternoons in Arles

April 3 – Sorrow in Saint-Rémy Asylum

April 10 – Sacred Nature and the End of a Life

Adult Education


Previous Adult Seminars and hand-outs:

Advent Series: Seeing and Hearing
Lead by Michaela Eskew

December 6, 2020 recording - Passcode: &gWLM#6S

December 13, 2020 recording - Passcode: 3qxkz4R!

A Contemporary Faith: The Saint John’s Bible
Lead by Michaela Eskew

November 1, 2020 recording - Passcode: 4+oz18qh

November 8, 2020 recording - Passcode: cQm8Y!p4

November 15, 2020 recording - Passcode: ?sb2jDzw

November 22, 2020 recording - Passcode: 570$*Q@U

November 29, 2020 recording - Passcode: 5wvC1I@%

July 12 2020 - "How did we get here?" A look at current events, important terms, and the ELCA's "Freed in Christ, Race and Ethnicity" Social Statement. You can find the slides here.

July 19 2020 - "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" Understanding Identity Development in Kids, Teens, and Adults. You can find the slides here.

July 26 2020 - "What about Latinx and Other People of Color?" A Discussion on Race Relations in General in America. You can find the slides here.

August 2 2020 - "How does one even become 'anti-racist'?" Signs of Hope and Steps to Move Forward. You can find the slides here.

September 2020 - "Embracing The Prophets in Contemporary Culture" with Walter Brueggemann - Lead by Susan Bolduc