Adult Forum returns April 8th during our Education Hour Sunday mornings at 9:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

Please join Adult Forum in April for these forums:

April 8 –   Be a part of the Social Concerns Committee discussion of the highly praised, award winning memoir Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, on the unfairness of the criminal justice system, led by BJ Metzger.  Desmond Tutu called Bryan Stevenson “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” Books may still be available for $10. Link to the NY Times review of Just Mercy

April 15 ­– A Conversation with Bishop Patricia Lull of the St. Paul Area Synod. Link to Bishop Lull’s annual letter to the congregations

April 22 – Refugee 101 – with Shelby Pasell from International Institute of Minnesota. Learn about who refugees are, where many refugees in Minnesota are arriving from, and what the refugee journey entails. We’ll also talk about what happens once families arrive in Minnesota, and how what’s happening in Washington affects Minnesotan refugees.

Aprill 29 – Pathway to Citizenship – with Corleen Smith, Director of Immigration Services at International Institute of MN.  We’ll discuss who is eligible for citizenship and what the process of naturalizing looks like. We’ll also talk about why citizenship is such an important step for New Americans, and why it is important to our Minnesota community as a whole for people to become citizens. Link to the International Institute of Minnesota website.

May 6  Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches, will be with us to talk about the work of the Council, which seeks to be an agent of unity in the faith community and a moral voice for a just society. Rev. DeYoung is a pastor, former professor of Reconciliation Studies, and an author and editor of ten books on reconciliation, multiracial congregations, interfaith spirituality, racism, and cultural diversity. Link to MN Council of Churches website.