Welcome to Christian education and enrichment at Christ Church Lutheran
Winter / Spring 2017

Most forums meet Sundays 11:15am – 12:15pm after the 9:30am worship and coffee fellowship. Unless otherwise noted, forums are in the Kretzmann Library on the lower level of the education wing. An elevator is available. All are welcome to these events. Bring a friend!

Forum Calendar

January 8

Celebrating Baptism Together

This year January 8 is the festival of the Baptism of our Lord, where, during worship, we will hear the story of Jesus’ baptism. Afterward, come to this intergenerational education hour in the gym, where we will explore and celebrate our own baptisms. We will wonder together about the mystery and meaning of baptism, and there will be activities for young and old to do together. Please join us; you won’t want to miss it!

January 15

Water Stewardship

Emilie Bouvier

What are the connections between water stewardship and our baptismal life of faith? Baptism always takes place within a watershed—with water from a particular river, lake, or stream. How does our baptismal calling to “strive for justice and peace in all the earth” impact the way we use and care for God’s life-giving gift of water. Emilie Bouvier is Congregational Organizer for Environmental Justice for the Minneapolis Area Synod, working with leaders across the Synod on earth-care initiatives.

January 22

Engaging a Conversation about Race – Where do we begin?

Last October a group from Christ Church Lutheran attended a conference at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church entitled, “Journeying Toward Justice: Race in Privilege in Our Church.” Those who were part of this event committed to helping our whole congregation engage this important conversation about race, justice, and equity. Pastor Haaland and Rachel Slater will lead this session using materials from a study guide on racial equity, “And Who is My Neighbor,” which was recently produced by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.

January 29

Our Saviour’s Housing

Sam Bardwell

For decades Christ Church Lutheran has supported Our Saviour’s Housing—both financially and by preparing and serving meals at their shelter on Chicago Avenue. But how much do we really know about ministry with those experiencing homelessness here in Minneapolis? Sam Bardwell, congregational relations coordinator for Our Saviour’s Housing (and a professional actor) will help us learn more by inviting us into an experience of readers’ theater with a play he has written about the work of Our Saviour’s Housing.

February 5

No Forum this morning

February 12

Annual Meeting

After coffee and fellowship, join us in the sanctuary for the annual meeting. We will receive official 2016 reports, welcome new council members, and conduct any new congregational business.

February 19

1 Corinthians – An Overview

Dr. Matthew Skinner

This winter our lectionary has been leading us through readings from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. In the midst of deep divisions in that community, Paul’s letter is a powerful witness to unity through the cross—through the suffering love of Christ. Matthew Skinner, Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, will lead us in an exploration of this ancient pastoral letter.

February 26

Words of Transfiguration: Poetry & Change

Anders Carlson-Wee

Join poet Anders Carlson-Wee for a celebration of the power of language to transform our lives. We’ll look at examples of how words are used to induce trance, to personify change, to cast spells, and to unite us in common pursuit. We’ll have some laughs, and enjoy some great poetry!

March 5 - First Sunday in Lent

The Story of Luther

Pastor Robert Farlee

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In forums throughout the season of Lent we will explore the Lutheran Reformation and its significance for us today. Pastor Farlee begins this series with the Story of Martin Luther. Learn about the life and times of the sixteenth-century monk who ushered in a religious revolution and changed the course of history.

March 12 - Second Sunday in Lent

Martin Luther and the Ambiguity of Reform

Dr. Deanna Thompson

There is little doubt Martin Luther changed the course of history. His calls for reform contributed to the fracturing of medieval religion and deep societal unrest. On the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the time is ripe to look again at Luther’s complicated legacy of far-reaching consequences that continue to the present day.  Deanna Thompson is Professor of Religion at Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN.

March 19 - Third Sunday in Lent

We Sing the Gospel: Hymns and the Reformation

Pastor Martin Seltz

One of the most potent gifts of the Reformation era was the flowering of hymns in the language of the people. Encounter and sing (or hum along with!) some early Lutheran hymns and join in conversation about how the singing congregation preaches the good news.

March 26 - Fourth Sunday in Lent

From Conflict to Communion – a Joint Commemoration
of the Reformation

Pastor Erik Haaland

On October 31, 2016 a service of prayer was held in the ancient cathedral in Lund, Sweden. On this Reformation Day leading into the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, leaders of the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church came together to give thanks for the gifts of the Reformation, to lament centuries of violence and misunderstanding, and to commit to common witness in the world. At the forum we will watch portions of this historic worship service and explore the ecumenical significance of jointly commemorating this 500th anniversary.

April 2 - Fifth Sunday in Lent

Reformation, Tradition, and #decolonizelutheranism

Dr. DeAne Lagerquist

Five centuries ago, a youngish professor, at a new-ish university, in a small town on a river decried the "Babylonian Captivity" of the church and proclaimed a gospel of freedom. He also launched a reform movement that generated a religious tradition and denominations. Now young theologians, many who find themselves on the edges of that denomination, decry another captivity of the church and proclaim a gospel of freedom.

The lens of #decolonizelutheranism allows us to see our past anew and to imagine the future. DeAne Lagerquist is Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

April 9 - Passion/Palm Sunday

No Forum this morning

April 16 - Easter Sunday

No Forum this morning

April 23 - Second Sunday of Easter

A year in Namibia: Kevin & Gerry’s Excellent Adventure

Kevin Reuther and Gerry Tyrrell

Christ Church members Kevin Reuther and Gerry Tyrrell spent last year living and working in Namibia. At this forum they will give an overview of Namibia's history and cultures (including the importance of Lutheran history in Namibia) and tell about their own work and travels there.

April 30 - Third Sunday of Easter

A Vocation in Politics

Senator John Marty

For nearly thirty years John Marty has served in the Minnesota State Senate. He brings to his vocation in politics a deep faith commitment. We’ve asked Senator Marty to lead us in a conversation about how we as people of faith might work for justice and build up the common good.

May 7 - Fourth Sunday of Easter

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative

Beacon is an interfaith collaborative of congregations seeking to end homelessness through housing, shelter and advocacy. A portion of our Second Century Capital Campaign gifts are going to support one of Beacon’s newest developments, Great River Landing in downtown Minneapolis, which will provide housing for men coming out of incarceration. Come and learn about Beacon’s good work in our community, and how we are connected to it.

May 14 - Fifth Sunday of Easter

Gathering a New Church

Rev. Marissa Sotos, Mission Developer, Tree of Life Lutheran

You're invited to come learn about a brand new local mission start, Tree of Life Lutheran. Tree of Life is in its first year of becoming a Sunday evening worshipping community in the North Loop, a downtown neighborhood with many people but few churches. Mission developer, Pastor Marissa Sotos will talk about the origins of forming a new faith community, the cultural questions involved, what's happening right now, and how you can get involved. Bring your ideas, insights and questions on what it means to gather a new church here and now!

May 21 - Sixth Sunday of Easter

Life, Work, and Worship in Copenhagen

John and Birgitte Christianson

John and Birgitte Christianson recently spent six and a half months living in Copenhagen. Come and learn about what life was like for them while they were there. Birgitte and John plan to talk in particular about their experiences of the Church in Denmark.

May 28 - Seventh Sunday of Easter

No Forum - Memorial Day Weekend

Forums begin again in the Fall.

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Childrens Education

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me."
At Christ Church Lutheran, we welcome children and their families to the font, to the table, and to worship.

The Children’s Ministry Team is excited to be starting another year of programming. Our congregation is growing! It is our joy to make families and children feel welcome and loved following in our call to be like Jesus here at Christ Church Lutheran.


Children are welcome in all of worship—to the font and to the table! Sermon on the Steps is a time for children of all ages to come forward for a word with the Pastor. After that, children are welcome to stay in worship or explore our other opportunities:

Children ages 0-36 months

Children ages 0-36 months are invited to go to the Orange Room just across the courtyard way to the Nursery.

Children ages 3-6

Children ages 3-6 are invited to the Red Room for a time of friendship, reading the Gospel Story, and working through an activity together.

Children ages 7 and above

Children ages 7 and above are encouraged to stay in worship with the hopes that they will participate in different aspects of worship leadership—serving as an acolyte, a lector, a prayer writer, a helper in the sacristy. They will receive good training for these roles.

All children

All children will return to worship during the sharing of the Peace, to rejoin their families and come to the Lord’s Table.

Following Worship

Our Education Offerings are on Sundays from 11:05am until Noon, following worship at 9:30am and fellowship. Come to the Red & Blue Rooms in the Atrium.

Godly Play

For children ages 3-6/7

Come to the Blue Room to hear a Bible story, to wonder together about God’s people and their stories, and to do creative play.


For children ages 7 and up

Come to the Red Room, to read the Gospel lesson from worship in our Spark Bibles, talk more in depth about the Bible story and apply it to our lives, and do a project together.

Cradle Roll

For Parents of Infants (children 0-36 months)

New this year, this program helps families on their journey to the font for the baptism of a child. It continues to connect with families through Frolic!—a curriculum that helps them in parenting and growing in faith together