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“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” — Matthew 18:20

Good Shepherd provides a vareity of adult faith formation and fellowship opportunities because we know that the road to becoming a disciple of Jesus is a life-long pursuit.  Whether it is a walk in the woods, monthly book club, or pilgrimage in Spain, you can expect to find something to help you connect with God and others at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Adult Forum Connect - What to Expect This Fall

Adult Forum Connect - What to Expect This Fall

Author: Scott Puthoff/Friday, September 3, 2021/Categories: News, Adult News

This Fall, we are very excited to begin a new Adult Forum Connect on Sundays at 10 am, where we hope to “grow our faith” as it says in our mission statement.  Our goals for this time will include:

  • Connecting more deeply with God and our faith through study of Scripture, theology and how life and faith intersect
  • Connecting more deeply with each other by growing together.  Our weekly class will include time for meaningful conversation with each other around important topics
  • Connecting more deeply with our community Outreach partners as we bring in representatives of those ministries to lead the Forum.

Our Adult Forum Connect sessions will be taught by a mixture of GSLC staff, GSLC lay folks, guest speakers from the community, and leaders from our outreach partners.  There will even be some weeks that we gather as the whole congregation for a common event in order to continue to nurture relationships among the generations.

Adult Forum in September.  We are reconnecting with each other in September.  Rally Day (September 12th), our first Adult Forum Connect led by Pastor Heidi (September 19th), and an opportunity to learn about several ministries at GSLC (Sept 19th) are what folks can expect in September.  

Adult Forum October 3 and 17 with Pastor Andy Tune.  Join Pastor Andy Tune, one of the campus pastors at Wittenberg University, where he shares this ministry with his wife, Pastor Rachel Tune.  Pastor Andy received his M.Div. and M.Th. from Luther Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Theology from the Catholic University of America.   Besides serving as a campus pastor at Wittenberg, he has also taught courses on religion at Wittenberg and several other universities and organizations.  He is currently working on a book on the subject of science-faith dialogue.  Pastor Andy will be teaching two Forums:  one on “Luther-from Monk to Reformer” (October 3rd) one on “Luther’s Teaching and Legacy” (October 17th).  

Also in October.  Sticking with the theme of learning about our Lutheran Heritage, Pastor Alex will also be teaching from the Small Catechism and we will celebrate the Reformation on October 31st in fine fashion.

Adult Forum November 7, 14, 21, 28 with Dr Gillian Ahlgren.  During the month of November we will welcome the teaching of Gillian Ahlgren on the topic “Spiritual Tools for Today: Lessons from Visionary Lives”.

The challenges of our times require a deep grounding in our relationship with God.  We all want access to the wellspring of energy, wisdom, grace, and fortitude that God provides, but that means we will need to cultivate deeper access to God's empowering goodness.  How did visionary leaders of the past manage?  What tools--of reflection, discernment, integrity, simplicity, and purity of heart--can they offer us as we face new challenges today?  In this series we will explore four spiritual leaders of the past--Francis and Clare of Assisi, Dorothy Day and Oscar Romero--people led by the Spirit of wisdom who provided a living witness to the presence of God in their days.  

Join Dr. Gillian Ahlgren, a veteran facilitator of workshops and retreats, to explore how spiritual practices lead to illuminating lives.  Gillian is Professor Emerita of Theology at Xavier University and the author of seven books including Enkindling Love: The Legacy of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross; The Tenderness of God: Reclaiming Our Humanity; and Spiritual Exercises for the 21st Century: A Workbook.  She has taught church history and Christian spirituality for over 30 years and has done pastoral work in the Cincinnati area and beyond since 2005.

Can’t make all of Adult Forum Connect sessions?  We are hoping to have many of these livestreamed and/or videotaped for folks to watch later!  More details to come on these online options. 

 

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