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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 9/11/16

Program  12:30 – 1:30 p.m.


Founders Hall
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1500 W. Elmdale

Upcoming Topics:  

2/26/17 Reclaiming Ritual and Celebrating Childbirth  Guest Speaker: Liesbet Van Gysegem

3/5/17 Eleventh Annual Herring Breakfast

3/12/17  Justice and Mercy

3/19/17  The Reformation in Asia  Specail Guest Speaker: Bishop Stephen Bouman

3/26-4/2/17  Justice and Mercy

4/23/17 & 4/30/17  Artifical Intelligence and Robotics

5/14/17 Facing Death and Grief

5/21/17 Godly Play

5/28/17 How should the Church spend its money?

6/4/17 Happy Danes, Gloomy Danes

6/11/17 Jacob Riis and the power of images

Recent Topics:

10/2/16 What’s Happening in Youth Ministry?

9/25/16 Economic Justice in Illinois

5/15/16 Sepphoris: Mystery City of the Bible  Leader: Richard Anderson

5/22/16 Illinois Budget Crisis and Moral Mondays

6/19/16 Racism in the Churches: ‘We need to talk’  Leader: Pastor Emily Heitzman

6/26/16  Advances in Genetic Research   Leader: Ken Olsen

2/28/16 Mental Health Justice Issue AwarenessPastor Fred Kinsey

9/27/15 Intro to Christian Theology—Dr. Jon Schmidt speaker

10/18/15 Understanding Islam 2 : Difficult Issues

10/25/15 1077: The Year Civilization Collapsed

11/15/15  Rest in Peace

11/29/15 Parlement of World Religions



Teaching Staff                                


Recent Foum Topics

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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