CoAM Life Enrichment Series – Spring 2017

Lifelong Learning for Livelong Living

CoAM’s Fall Life Enrichment Series starts on Monday, February 3rd and is held every Monday until February 24th.

Mondays,  April 3 through May 22
9:30 – 11:50 a.m.

Classes held at centrally located
Bethel Lutheran Church
17th Ave. So. & 42nd St. E., Minneapolis

Click here for a printable class schedule

Monday, April 3

9:30 — 10:30 a.m.
LOCAL AFFAIRS:  Housing for the Homeless
Presented by a representative of Beacon Inter-faith Housing Collaborative. Several CoAM congregations work with this organization to develop housing for homeless people.

10:50 — 11:50 a.m.
TRAVELOGUE:  Deep in the Heart of Texas
by Dave Swanson.
Includes the Johnson Space Center, the still controversial Oil Rig Museum at Corpus Christi, the LBJ Ranch, the huge King Ranch,  the Little Rock Clinton Library, and maybe a typical Texas house, including front porch with couch, refrigerator and gun rack.


Monday, April 10

9:30 — 10:30 a.m.
GREAT DECISIONS:  Saudi Arabia in Transition
Presented by Dr. Gary Prevost, professor of International Relations at St. John’s University and College of Saint Benedict. Saudi Arabia is under pressure from the world community on issues ranging from human and women’s rights to alleged support for terrorism. It has been a long-standing U.S. ally, but increasingly calls from within the U.S. insist we reconsider this relationship

10:50 — 11:50 a.m.
LOCAL AFFAIRS:  ISAIAH: An Overview of Its Work
Presented by Grant Stevenson. With the merger of three Minnesota organizations in 2000, ISAIAH was organized to bring about “justice for all,” focusing on racial and economic inequities, and by acting together to find and empower solutions to social issues through faith and democratic principles.


Monday, April 17

Easter Holiday — No Sessions

Monday, April 24

9:30 — 10:30 a.m.
GREAT DECISIONS:Trade, Job, and Politics: What Is at Stake?
by Todd Lefko, President of the International Development Council, an import-export firm. He has homes in Minnesota and Moscow. Trade deals, tariffs, outsourcing are up for grabs with the new administration. What are possible consequences?

10:50 — 11:50 a.m.
TRAVELOGUE:Germany and Poland on the Eve of the Celebration of the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary presented by Dean and Janet Anderson of Bethel Lutheran Church.


Monday, May 1

9:30 — 10:30 a.m.
HISTORY:  Martin Luther: For Better and Worse He Changed the World
by Dan Burow, retired pastor, editor, writer. This year millions of people the world over will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Who was this man that started it all? Why did he do it? What were the results— short term and long term? Should Lutherans celebrate or do penance?

10:50 — 11:50 a.m.
TRAVELOGUE: Brittany: Past and Present
Presented by Ruth Aaskov, retired professor, Augsburg College, and chair of CoAM’s Life Enrichment series. With more coastline than any other French province, Brittany harbors not only many fishing villages but also picturesque farms and historic sights.


Monday, May 8

9:30 — 10:30 a.m.
LOCAL ISSUES:Report on the Minnesota Legislative Session
by Lyall Schwarzkopf, former member of the Minnesota State Legislature and frequent CoAM presenter.

10:50 — 11:50 a.m.
TRAVELOGUE:Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark
presented by Larry and Mary Ellen Nielsen, frequent CoAM travelogue-ers. Here’s a spring bouquet for all Scandinavians — except for  two groups: one, once natives of a volcanic island. If you’re one of the left-out groups, do come anyway..


Monday, May 15

9:30 — 10:30 a.m.
INTERNATIONAL:The European Refugee
By Steven and Barbara Swanson who have spent the past 12 years working in Antwerp, Belgium, with refugees and immigrants from all over the world. They will present the challenge and opportunity of reaching out to such “newcomers” with true friendship and love.

10:50 — 11:50 a.m.
TRAVELOGUE:Three Historic Cities of Saxony: Dresden, Leipzig, Wittenberg
Presented by Dan Burow. These three cities, nearly buried in the communist zone of Germany for 45 years, are being rebuilt while trying to preserve their ancient heritage: Dresden, fire-bombed almost out of existence toward the end of World War II; Leipzig, made famous by composers Bach and Mendelssohn; Wittenberg, where Luther served as monk, priest and professor —and accidentally set off the  Reformation.


Monday, May 22

9:30 — 10:30 a.m.
INTERNATIONAL: The Future of Europe: An Evolving Conundrum
Presented by Norma Noonan, retired Russia Scholar and Political Science Professor, Augsburg College. A few years ago the future of the European Union appeared certain. But beginning with the immigrant crisis, the Brexit surprise and Russian maneuvers to intimidate weaker states of the EU, things are unraveling. What does the future hold for Europe now?

10:50 — 11:50 a.m.
TRAVELOGUE: Southern Spain
Tour led by Rick Steves and includes Seville, Andalusia, Granada, the Alhambra, Gibraltar from bottom to top, and if time permits across the Straits of Gibraltar to Tangiers in Morocco.  Join us for this tour and stay afterwards for our fundraiser luncheon.

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