September 17 and 24 – Christians and the Environment
Why should Christians care about the environment? Join PRLC member Ryan Ferrer for a two-part interactive exploration of challenges and problems facing God’s creation, with emphasis on climate change from the perspective of a Christian. Ryan teaches Biology at Seattle Pacific University. He has researched climate change issues and has a passion for stewardship of the environment.
October 1 and 8 – Christians and Evolution
Why should Christians study evolution? How does studying evolution help us understand how God creates and how we are part of God’s creation? Join PRLC member Cara Scheffler for a two-week series to discuss the evolutionary process and evidence for ancient earth, particularly fossil records pertaining specifically to humans, and the evolutionary process. Cara teaches in the Biology department at Seattle Pacific University.
Several parishioners participated in the “Luther 500” Tour last June in Wittenberg, Germany to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Join them for a discussion of their trip – what they saw, enjoyed, and learned and how the experience enriched their journey of faith.
October 22 – Lutherans and the Ecumenical Movement – 500 Years in the Making
Martin Luther never intended to start a new church. However, controversy in the church and a deep political divide led to the establishment of several Protestant churches in the 16th and 17th centuries. Christians from various traditions sometimes stare at each other across a great divide. In this forum, we uncover rich sources within the Lutheran tradition for ecumenical conversations. Come away with a deeper understanding of the core principles of Lutheran theology, and resources that you can use to live in harmony with other people and traditions. This discussion will be led by PRLC member Mike Halvorson who teaches history at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
October 29 – Luther the Spiritual Virtuoso
PRLC member Steve Pfaff defines a spiritual virtuoso as someone who works toward personal holiness with the same perseverance and intensity as a virtuoso striving for excellence in the arts or in athletics. On this Reformation Sunday, join Steve as he discusses Martin Luther as a spiritual virtuoso whose personal quest for God became a movement for social change. Steve teaches Sociology at the University of Washington and has co-authored a book with Marion Goldman on The Spiritual Virtuoso, set to be released in December.
November 5 – Surrounded by a Cloud of Witnesses
Since the first century, Christians have kept a calendar to honor the faith and life of persons who have exemplified what it means to be “salt of the earth” and “light for the world.” Why do we single out certain women and men among the vast communion of saints into which we are all baptized? How did this calendar come into being and why keep it still? How might remembering and honoring people like Julian of Norwich, Francis and Clare of Assisi, St. Luke, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mother Theresa, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King and a host of other Christian witnesses edify our lives of faith? Join Pastor Hansen on this All Saints Sunday for a spirited conversation.
November 12 – Muslims and Christians Together
Neighbors in Faith, a ministry supported by both the ELCA Northwest Washington Synod and the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, fosters mutual relationships with Muslims and other faith communities with the goal of promoting a more peaceful world. Pastor Terry Kyllo, director of this ministry, will discuss this interfaith work. He believes that interfaith dialogue is essential in learning to live with each other and our cultural differences. For more information see www.neighborsinfaith.org
November 19 and 26 – That They Be One
Jesus prayed that his followers be one just as he and the Father are one. How are Christians doing at being in communion with one another? With whom is the ELCA in a full communion relationship and what does it mean for us to be in these relationships? What exactly is the “Declaration on the Way” with our Roman Catholic sisters and brothers? Join Pastor Hansen for a lively discussion on the ecumenical movement, especially the relationship between Lutherans and other Christians.
December 3 – Advent Event for everyone (All Ages)