Life Enrichment Series in February at Bethel

CoAm Life Enrichment Classes

 Mondays, February 6— 27
9:30 – 11:50 a.m.

classes held at centrally located
(download printable schedule here)

Bethel Lutheran Church
17th Ave. So. & 42nd St. E.,
Minneapolis

  Monday, February 6:  9:30 — 10:30 a.m.

CURRENT ISSUES:
Race Disparities in Minnesota: How Close the Gap?
Introduced by Ruth Aaskov.
The Itasca Project presents a series of stories that personify the problems and some solutions now underway. Your insights to be added.

TRAVELOGUE:
Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan: A Recent Medical Trip by Dr. Sandra Edwardson, School of Nursing, U of M. These former republics of the USSR are now independent nations. Dr. Edwardson went there to assist their nursing schools.

Monday, February 6:  10:50 — 11:50 a.m.

CURRENT ISSUES;
Church for Post-church Generations: Jacob’s Well and the Emerging Church
by Greg Meyer, pastor and church innovator at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, founder of Jacob’s Well, an innovating congregation aimed at people who have given up on the church, faith, and even God.

TRAVELOGUE:
Repeat of 9:30 program

BIBLE AND FAITH:
Senior Spirituality: How Can We Enhance Our Own Practices by Learning from Earlier Centuries?
(4-session series) by Dr. Brad Holt, Professor of Religion at Augsburg College. Today,
Part 1 — “Solitude: The Desert Mothers and Fathers” of Egypt.

Monday, February 13:  9:30 — 10:30 a.m.

HUMANITIES:
Abe Lincoln: The Man and the Legend (2-part series)
by Dan Burow, CoAM’s history buff.
Today, Part 1 — “From Rail-splitter to Presidential Candidate.” This series will look at Lincoln’s developing views on slavery, the Constitution, God.

TRAVELOGUE:
Unexpected, Unforgettable Columbus, Indiana
by Suzanne Jebe.
Columbus, Indiana, is full of architectural treasures by greats such as Saarinen, Pei, Meier and Venturi.

Monday, February 13:  10:50 — 11:50 a.m.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH:
What Is Lutheran Social Service Doing Now?
by Richard Anderson, Director of Congregational Relations.
Has its focus shifted? What about non-Lutherans?

TRAVELOGUE:
Repeat of 9:30 program.

BIBLE AND FAITH:
Senior Spirituality: How Can We Enhance Our Own Practices by Learning from Earlier Centuries?
(4-session series)
by Dr. Brad Holt. Today,
Part 2 — “Scripture: Benedictine Lectio Divina.”

Monday, February 20:  9:30 — 10:30 a.m.

HUMANITIES:
Abe Lincoln: The Man and the Legend (2-part series)
by Dan Burow.
Today, Part 2 — “From Hated President to Icon of the Ages.” This series looks at Lincoln’s rise and fall in popularity based on his views of emancipation, government, God, and revenge.

TRAVELOGUE:
Rick Steves‘ Travelogue on Northern Ireland
is presented in vivid, living color and is hosted by Ruth Aaskov. After you take this tour to see the old and new, you can truly say, “Been there, done that.”

Monday, February 20:  10:50 — 11:50 a.m.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE: TBA

TRAVELOGUE:
Repeat of 9:30 program.

BIBLE AND FAITH:
Senior Spirituality: How Can We Enhance Our Own Practices by Learning from Earlier Centuries? (4-session series)
by Dr. Brad Holt, author of Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality.
Today, Part 3 — “Spiritual Direction: Celtic Anamchara.”

Monday, February 27:  9:30 — 10:30 a.m.

GREAT DECISIONS:
Crisis in the Caucasus
by Todd Lefko, President of International Business Development Council, lecturer at U of M, Russia, China, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan.
Small countries surrounded by Russia, Iran, Turkey — can they survive? How do their struggles affect the International scene?

TRAVELOGUE:
Germany’s Romantic Rhine, Black Forest and Cologne with Rick Steves
hosted by Dan Burow.

Monday, February 27:  10:50 — 11:50 a.m.

CURRENT EVENTS:
Liberia’s Nobel Peace Prize Recipient: Leymah Gbowee and the Women’s Story
as documented in the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

TRAVELOGUE:
Repeat of 9:30 program.

BIBLE AND FAITH:
Senior Spirituality: How Can We Enhance Our Own Practices by Learning from Earlier Centuries? (4-session series)
by Dr. Brad Holt, author of Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality.
Today, Part 4 — “Song: A Protestant Celebration.” This is expressed in congregational singing and in Lutheranism’s most famous musician, J.S. Bach.

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