Sunday Forum

Sunday Forum 10:15 AM - Lounge

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”   Aristotle

For the Fall 2021 sessions we will be holding blended sessions. For those who attend church in person we will meet in the lounge, and for those who attend church ONLINE we will have a ZOOM session up. Leaders can be either in person or ONLINE. We welcome you to join us either in the lounge or from the comfort of your own home. 

Adult Forum meets on Sunday mornings from 10:15 to 11:15.  The link for these meetings is the same as the link for virtual coffee hour.  We will have a few minutes to chat before the program begins promptly at 10:15.

September 19 & September 26 “A Social Dilemma” Netflix Documentary

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We tweet, we like, we share – but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? This documentary – drama hybrid reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. 

October 3 – Coffee Hour

October 10 – “Riverside Preachers – The Case for Reparations” by Ernest T. Campbell

Leader: George Curtis

“That which we are called upon to do does not come under the category of generosity. It belongs to justice. The term reparation insures that insight. The Good Samaritan was generous. He only found his victim in the ditch; we put ours there.”

October 17 – Cybersecurity

Leader: Keywon Brown, FDL Police Department

With an increasing number of users, devices and programs in the modern enterprise, combined with the increase deluge of data — much of which is sensitive or confidential — the importance of cybersecurity continues to grow. The growing volume and sophistication of cyber attackers and attack techniques compound the problem even further.

October 24 – October 31  Non-Canonical Old Testament Books

Leader: Dr William Urbrock, Professor Emeritus UW-Oshkosh

In evangelical Christianity, the term canon of scripture refers to those Christian writings which are judged to have been inspired by God. That is to say, these books have been subjected to examination to determine that they are inspired literature, thus having ultimate authority. The term “Apocrypha” (which means hidden or secret) is usually applied to a collection of books from this period, ranging from eleven to sixteen in number. These books have a strange history. Ecclesiastical opinion in different periods has differed widely as to the value of this literature, and as to whether any of these books are divinely inspired.

November 7 – Coffee Hour

November 14 – November 28  Non-Canonical New Testament Books

Leader: Dr. Kathleen Corley Schuhart, Religious Studies UW-Oshkosh

As with the Old Testament, there were many more writings from the time of the New Testament that were not included in the biblical canon. These writings included more details about Christ’s birth, his childhood, and the life of Mary and Joseph. They also include more details and knowledge about Christ as communicated by the apostles and evangelists.

December 5 – Coffee Hour

December 12  “Freeing Jesus” by Diana Butler Bass

Leader: Ellen Sieglaff

The award-winning author of Grateful goes beyond the culture wars to offer a refreshing take on the comprehensive, multi-faceted nature of Jesus, keeping his teachings relevant and alive in our daily lives.

December 19  “Pagan Origins of Christmas & Tradition History” Documentary

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Many traditional elements of Christmas pre-date Christianity. In other words, Christmas was pagan before it was adapted (and re-named) by Christians. The Catholic Encyclopedia of 1908 states that “Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church. Irenaeus and Tertullian omit it from their lists of feasts” – those authors lived into the 3rd century.