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[fawruh m, fohruh m]          Syllables

noun, plural forums, fora [fawruh, fohruh]

  1. The marketplace or public square of an ancient Roman city, the center of judicial and business affairs and a place of assembly for the people.
  2. A court or tribunal: the forum of public opinion.
  3. An assembly, meeting place, television program, etc., for the discussion of questions of public interest.
  4. Also called online forum, Internet forum, Web forum, message board.

If you enjoy a cup of coffee and some lively discussion, please come to The Forum.

Topics cover an impressive range of subjects.  Some are comforting, some are controversial, all are interesting.

The Forum is led by four lecturers:  the Rev. Dr. David Henry, Dr. Ken Olson, Pastor Monte Johnson, and Dr. Richard Anderson, with occasional guest speakers. There is no charge for the classes, and no registration is needed.  On a few occasions, there may be a little homework.

Join us on Sundays, September through May. 

Visitors and new participants are always welcome.

Time:  September – May        Starting 9/17/17

Program  12:15 – 1:30 p.m.


Founders Hall
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1500 W. Elmdale

Upcoming Topics:  

9/23/18  The Opioid Crisis in America  Leader: Marcia Smith, RN

9/30/18  Celebrating Our Youth (special brunch served by ECT youth)  Leader: Pastor Emily Heitzman

10/14/18  The Roots of Liberation Theology  Leader: Stephanie Posey

10/21/18 When Light Pierced the Darkness — The Miraculous Rescue of the Danish Jews 1943  (Danish food luncheon) Leader: Richard Anderson

10/8/18  ONE Northside –special speaker

11/4/18  Bible Study:  The Hebrew Epic  Leader: Ken Olsen

11/25/18  Open Forum:  Topic(s) and Leader(s) TBA

12/2/18  Make a Joyful Sound:  Gospel and Alternative Gospel Music  Leader: Richrad Anderson  (Annual Advent Brunch, Middle-Eastern Food)

12/9/18  Travels in China  Leaders: Ken and Donna Olsen;  Ron and Donna Bartz

Recent Topics:

4/8/18 What Can We Learn from Bonhoeffer?  Leader:  Richard Anderson

4/15/18 A World of Sharp Knives:  The Political Background of the Reformation  Leader:  Ken Olsen

4/22/18 Immanuel’s Mission:  Godly Play  Leader:  Natalie Warden

4/29/18 Immanuel’s Mission:  Supporting Education  Leader:  Edie Lange

5/6/18 Is Everybody Happy?  Is Anybody Happy? (Looking at the World Happiness Report)  Leaders:  Ken Olsen and Richard Anderson

5/13/18 Immanuel’s Mission:  Youth Ministry Leader:  Pastor Emily Heitzman

5/20/18 We Have Met the Enemy and Them is Us:  How Christianity is Destroying America  Leader:  Richard Anderson

5/27/18 Immanuel’s mission:  Health and Wellness  Leader:  Marcia Smith, Parish Nurse

11/19/17  The Second Reformation–Pietism in Europe and America  Leader:  Richard Anderson

11/5/17  The Role of Women in the Reformation  Guest Leader:  Professor Anna Johnson

10/29/17  Healing the Wounds for Christian Unity  Guest Leader:  Greg Krohm

10/22/17 Reformation Heritage in Africa: Focus Tanzaniz   Leader:  Brian Ibsen



Teaching Staff                                


Islam:  It’s Time to Stop Telling Lies   Facts and Figures of Islam  

Climate Change:  Climate Change: “Just the facts, Ma’am”

Ethics:  Ethics and Politics

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