Adult Forum for November

by Chris Hardman

This month offers some very compelling programs on Interfaith Dialogue, Trinitarian Spirituality, and Racism. In addition, we have a baptismal celebration and an intergenerational activity for Advent.

On November 8th Ellen Katz will present on the Buddhist understanding of the Tao/Dao. Ellen is a Marriage and Family Counselor in Northbrook who presented last year on Hinduism and Buddhism. Please pay attention to her description of the Tao. We will discuss how the Tao compares to the Kingdom of God at our forum on December 13th.

On November 15th we are excited to have Dr. Mark McIntosh speak to us on Trinitarian Spirituality with an emphasis on how that shapes our prayer life. Mark is Professor of Christian Spirituality at Loyola University, and holds degrees in History and in Theology from Yale, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the interface between systematic and historical theology, on the one hand, and the history and theology of Christian spirituality and mystical thought. Most recently he held the post of Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at Durham University, and a joint appointment as canon residentiary of Durham Cathedral. In 2014, he rejoined the Department of Theology at Loyola University of Chicago, where he had taught for sixteen years. A priest in the Episcopal Church, McIntosh has also served as chaplain to the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church, and canon theologian to the 25th Presiding Bishop.

On November 22nd the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows returns with a timely and important subject for us all-racism! The news has been filled with accounts all over America of the struggle between police officers and African Americans. What is going on? Haven't we moved past racism yet? Jennifer, in her kind and gentle way, is going to help us see racism in ways that we, perhaps, have not thought about before. This will be a growing experience for us all.

On November 1st we have two baptisms at the 9:00 service and we will hold a baptismal celebration after the service. On November 29th, the first Sunday of Advent, we are going to discuss Advent and make some special ornaments together.

November 1: Baptismal Reception
November 8: Ellen Katz, the Buddhist understanding of Tao/Dao.
November 15: Dr. Mark McIntosh, the Trinity and Prayer
November 22: The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Hidden Racism
November 29: Multi-Generational Advent Event

We have some excellent programs this month. Please join us.