Sunday, February 21, 2021 Adult Forum: “The Church and Slavery”
Grover Wrenn presented an overview of the role that the Christian church had initially in bring slavery to America, defending the practice for more than 200 years, and supporting segregation even after Brown vs. Board of Education. He also provided examples of recent efforts by major denominations and affiliated organizations to acknowledge their history of support for slavery and to seek redemption.
Sunday, February 7, 2021 Adult Forum: “I Found Slaveholders in my Family Tree”
Lotte Lieb Dula spoke about the discovery that led to her becoming an ardent proponent for reparations. This presentation explored her family’s history of slaveholding, traced the genesis of the racial wealth gap, and participants learned about the robust campaign within Christian churches to address the wrongs in our country’s troubled history. Committed to the work of reparations, Ms. Lieb Dula founded the reparations4slavery.com portal.
Sunday, January 10, 2021 Adult Forum: The Coronavirus Vaccines”
Larry Strawser discussed answers to questions such as "How do vaccines work? "Why do some vaccines have to be stored at very cold temperatures, but other vaccines do not?" [Factoid: storage of vaccines has never required this low temperature before.] "What are the pros and cons of the first vaccines that will be available?"
Sunday, January 3, 2021 Adult Forum: The Second Wind Fund
Ken Wiig from the Second Wind Fund shares the organization's mission with participants of this Adult Forum.
Founded in 2002, the Second Wind Fund (SWF) has built an innovative program that matches children and teens, ages 19 and younger, who are at risk for suicide and do not have the means or adequate insurance to pay for necessary mental health treatment, with licensed therapists in their local communities. So far over 6,500 Colorado kids have been referred to SWF. SWF's unique program provides an avenue for families to obtain actual treatment services for youth at risk for suicide by breaking down financial and transportation barriers.
Sunday, December 13, 2020 Adult Forum: Advent Music
The Third Sunday in Advent traditionally is about Joy. Our Advent 2020 series title is “Those Who Dream Sow Joy.” We celebrate Joyful New Beginnings and Good News. The Adult Forum on December 13 included music to support and time to reflect on these themes, along with more tips for your Advent health and wellness through music.
Sunday, November 22, 2020 Adult Forum: “Health and Wellness Through Music”
Heidi Thomas, musician, teacher and music practitioner will share some fun stories, beautiful music, cool neuroscience facts and tips on how to incorporate music into your everyday wellness practices.
Sunday, November 1, 2020 Adult Forum: The Empowerment Program
The Empowerment Program opened its doors in 1986 in response to a growing number of homeless women, women living in poverty, sex workers, women involved in the criminal justice system, women living with HIV/AIDS and women living with serious mental illness and substance abuse. Throughout the past thirty four years, Empowerment has continued to provide trauma-informed services to women in a safe and welcoming environment. Women are considered participants in the program, receiving education, employment training, individual and group level counseling, care management and a variety of supportive services. This organization has been providing essential services to low income & homeless women who are the least among us for many years with a mission of “Holistically helping individuals build healthier lives from the inside out."
During the November 1 Adult Forum a representative from The Empowerment Program will conduct a presentation about their programs and their upcoming Capital Campaign to fund a new building.
Sunday, October 25, 2020 Adult Forum: “Reparations”
What are Reparations, exactly? What’s the history and why are faith communities talking about them? Our three presenters were: Harold Fields, leader of the Second Tuesday Race Forum and president of the Denver Black Reparations Council; Dr. Marilyn Hosea, a fourth generation Coloradan national, university professor, and an organizational behavioralist specializing in social interactions and radical mindfulness; and Lotte Lieb Dula, retired financial strategist, who is the founder of the www.reparations4slavery.com portal. They gave their perspectives with plenty of time for Q&A. Read what Rev. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the UCC has to say about Reparations here and here.
Sunday, October 11, 2020 Adult Forum: Difficult Conversations about Racial Justice
Amanda Henderson led this important topic about how not to fight, flee, or freeze when talking race with family and friends. Do you jump into that Facebook fight with words swinging? Do you avoid these hot conversations at all costs? Do you simply shut down when you hear racist sentiments or denial? During this recorded session participants shared stories for skill building for stepping into important conversations, even with those we love, about the racism that shapes our lives in ways seen and unseen.
Sunday, September 13, 2020 Adult Forum: “Eco-Cycle”
On Sunday, September 13, Jasmin Barco, from Eco-Cycle, discussed the latest in recycling and composting. They have an international reputation as a pioneer and innovator in resource conservation. Can reusable grocery bags be used safely during the pandemic? What is the current research on using single plastic grocery bags? How has this pandemic reinforced the urgency of our climate crisis?
Sunday, September 6, 2020 Adult Forum: “Solar Energy International”
Solar Energy International (SEI) is an educational non-profit located in Paonia, CO which envisions a world powered by renewable energy to significantly impact climate change. SEI has been installing solar systems in under developed countries for decades as well as closer to us on the Western Slope. Solar Forward creates jobs and installs solar systems in Western Slope communities where jobs in the coal industry have disappeared and unemployment is high. The T4 program trains Native American solar technicians, who then teach these skills to members of their tribes, and bring electrical power, in some cases for the first time, to homes on the reservations.
During the Adult Forum on September 6, Marla Korpar, Development Director for Solar Energy International, offered a presentation about the organization’s work internationally, and the exciting challenge it faces to scale-up the solar energy workforce to reverse climate change.
Sunday, May 17, 2020 Adult Forum: “Living with COVID”
This session, hosted by FP WISE, focused on the emotional impact of COVID-19 upon all of us; upon uncertainties, anxieties and fears surrounding this pandemic as well as the stress impact upon each of us living within the family or living alone, as a result of prolonged, confined, social isolation.
Sunday, May 3, 2020 Adult Forum: “Spirit and Sustainability”
Marianne Langridge, PhD, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Synthesis Limited, PBC offers a message of faith and hope. On Sunday, go to the church calendar page to click on the Adult Forum event, and then click on the link to the program. This event will be worth your further chance to contemplate what it means to be a progressive Christian in this world, at this time.