St. Anthony Park Lutheran hosts Sunday morning forums in October

All are welcome to join members and friends of St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church for thought-provoking forums each Sunday at 10 a.m. The church is at the corner of Como Avenue and Luther Place. Enter by the door off of Luther Place (and the seminary parking lot) to come right to the classes. Or enter by the Como Avenue door to enjoy coffee and fellowship first.

Oct. 2’s forum will offer continued discussion on America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, & the Bridge to a New America, a book by Christian activist Jim Wallis. Copies are available in the public library and in the church library (in the Fireside Room). Copies will be available for purchase at that session or from the church office in advance for $18. Price support is available for those who wish to own a copy but are unable to afford it.

Member Hal Dragseth has produced the film “The American Protestant Experience.” On Oct. 9, he will use the session on Native American genocide and slavery to talk about American exceptionalism and manifest destiny.

A DVD on Church World Service will be shown on Oct. 16. Many from the parish will walk on the annual Crop Walk that afternoon to raise money for Church World Service to aid people in need nearby and all over the world.

Suicide Prevention will be the topic on Oct. 23. Janet Benz of the Christopher Benz Foundation will share her personal experience with suicide in her family and talk about the role we each might be able to play to make suicide less likely.

Oct. 30 is Reformation Sunday, a day when Lutherans traditionally commemorate the Protestant break with the Roman Church in the 16th century. Dr. Michael Rogness, professor emeritus of preaching at Luther Seminary, will highlight Reformation Sunday by talking about a reformer he knows a lot about, but one whom most of us don’t. Rogness has written Philip Melanchthon; reformer without honor.

All forum attendees are welcome to come earlier for the 8:30 a.m. worship service or to stay after the forum for 11 a.m. worship.

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