Spring 2017 Reformation 500 Classes - Coming Soon!
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MPLS: Thurs Mar 2-23, 7-8:15pm, Room 482-86
Are you concerned about climate change and related issues? If so, this class using a study guide produced by the ELCA is sure to be of interest. Using as a starting point Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical (teaching document) on climate change, the guide encourages careful thought and conversation. Sponsored by Mount Olivet Creation Care Committee. Cost: $20. Questions? Contact Josh Nelson 612-767-2284.
MPLS: Wed Mar 15-Apr 5, 7-8pm, Lounge
Whether you were confirmed in the Lutheran church and looking to refresh your understanding of the faith, or whether you are a newer Lutheran and want a deeper understanding of the theology behind our denomination, this class with Liz Otteson is perfect for a quick study of Lutheranism 101. We will explore Luther's Small Catechism through short readings, brief videos, and engaging discussions of how these precepts might guide us in our daily lives. No memorization and no tests -- just spiritually inspiring learning! Cost: Donation.
Tuesday PM Bible Study: Baptism & Holy Communion
MPLS: Tues, Mar 28 & Apr 4, 7-8:30pm, Rm 482-86.
As Luther's theological understanding grew, so did his view of what should and should not be considered a sacrament in the church. For various reasons, he argued that only two of the seven Catholic sacraments were truly sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion. On both of these, there was great disagreement among the Protestant reformers. Join Professor Mark Throntveit, Luther Seminary, to explore how Luther came to his stance, what he taught about these two sacraments, and what Lutherans today teach and believe. Cost: Donation.
Wednesday & Thursday Word: The Book of Galatians
MPLS: Wed Apr 5-May 3, 10:30-11:30am, optional small group discussion 11:30am-12noon, Rm 482-86WEST: Thurs Apr 6-May 4,10-11:30am, Church Narthex
Martin Luther called the Book of Galatians his "Katie von Bora." If you didn't know, that means his wife, and furthermore, it means he never wanted to be parted from her and loved nothing in life more than her. We don't know what Katie thought of all this, but we do know that for Luther this was a truly precious biblical book. With your Mount Olivet pastors (a different one teaches each week!), come and learn why Luther felt this way and what Galatians means to our own lives and faith. Cost: Donation.
What's Your Vocation? (And Yes, You Have One)
WEST: Mon Apr 17 & 24, 7-8:30pm, Room TBD
Glimpsing Resurrection: A Theology of the Cross Meets Stage 4 Cancer
MPLS: Tues Apr 18 & 25, 7-8:30pm, Rm 482-86
People with advanced-stage cancer often now live with and sometimes beyond their diagnosis. But dealing with such serious illness can still be both traumatic and challenging for them, their family, friends, and care givers. Christians often talk about suffering and trauma as part of a theology of the cross, affirming that God became a human being, endured awful suffering on the cross, and died and so can relate to our suffering. Yet often we move quickly from the cross to the proclamation of resurrection, that God overcomes the suffering and trauma by offering new life. For those experiening trauma, be it from serious illness or other causes, this move can be too abrupt. Key to a theology of the cross is not just acknowledging but also offering space for expressions of lament, grief, and despair caused by trauma. Only then are glimpses of resurrection and hope really possible. Come join Dr. Deana Thompson, professor of theology Hamline University, and someone who lives with stage IV cancer, as together we explore these themes.