Forum

 

Sundays from 9 - 9:45am


Most Sundays between Labor Day and Memorial Day, we meet from 9-9:45am in the Community Room for a conversation-based forum. Sometimes we have a Bible Study or explore an aspect of Christian faith or practice; mostly we explore issues that encourage engagement in the world.

During Eastertide our morning forums focus on partnerships in the community.

April 22
Pastor Kari Lipke will share stories from past Earth Care Day Camps and discuss why a trauma-informed approach to working with children, especially vulnerable children, is so important.

April 29
John Forseth and Nandini Rao of Lutheran Community Services Northwest join us for conversation about the current status of refugees in the United States. John is the LCSNW Program Director; Nandini is their immigration attorney.

In advance of the forum, John invites you to read this Seattle Times article from March 26 that discusses how current refugee restrictions are reshaping our Washington state communities.

John and Nandini will take your questions and will also discuss advocacy opportunities and research on the impact Circles of Welcome are having in the refugee resettlement process. 

May 6
Mary's Place Executive Director Marty Hartman joins us. Marty writes: While our city and county remain under a state of emergency for our crisis of homelessness, and the number of homeless students in our state is at an all time high, Gethsemane congregation has been standing in the gap serving, loving, and healing our neighbors. Come learn and share the ways you have transformed our community and ways to continue the work beside women, children and families experiencing homelessness.

May 13
We welcome Monserrat Padilla, Statewide Coordinator for the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network - Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.

The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network is a powerful network of over 100 organizational members across Washington state. We are building community power through various ways.

Come learn how to join the efforts and how to care for one another as neighbors. Our connection to Monserrat comes through our partners at The Church Council of Greater Seattle.

 

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (May 27-September 2), there is no morning forum scheduled.
 
SundaysJonathan McClung