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Sunday Morning Adult Education
Winter/Spring 2017 Session

January 8
Advocating For Those
We Care About
Presented by Carolyn Anderson

January 15
Being Civil During Difficult Times
Presented by Ben Kummer and Tom Wasmoen

January 22
Conversations During Final
Days of Life
Presented by Rev. Chad Jones, Rev. Kate O’Brien Soltau, and Marian Michael

January 29
Confronting Exploitation:
The Face of Low-Wage Work
in the Twin Cities
Presented by CTUL

February 12
Keeping Up with the Acronyms
Presented by Rev. Sarah Bigwood and Dawn Hill

February 19
Dementia Friends
Presented by Rev. Cindy Ray

March 5, 12 and 26 and April 2
Lenten Study: Matthew's Community
Presented by Rev. Sarah Bigwood

March 19
(Second Service Participation)

April 9
The Washington National Cathedral—DVD
Presented by the Adult Ed Committee

April 23
(Second Service Participation)
Special Message
Presented by Graduating Seniors

April 30
Safety Nets for At-Risk
Populations in the Twin Cities
Presented by Gwen Rouleau and Warren Linc

Adult Education forums will resume again in September 2017. If you have questions about any of the speakers or forums listed here, contact Rick Martens, Chair of the Adult Education Committee or Wendy Fields, Director of Christian Education.

Adult Education

Sunday Mornings, September - May, 11:15 a.m. - Noon

Lively discussion groups and lectures for adults are offered most Sunday mornings during from September through May in Valley's Lounge. The forums are led by outside experts, Guest Speakers, Valley staff and talented, passionate volunteers.

Thursday morning Bible Fellowship - September through May, 9:30-11:00 am

Thursday morning Bible fellowship to connect with one another and study the lectionary scripture for the coming Sunday as well as occasional book studies on spiritual issues. Everyone is welcome to join the group—come every week or whenever you can.

Sundays September through May 11:00 a.m. to noon

Friendship Group is a weekly class for adults with developmental disabilities.  An array of teaching styles and techniques is used to teach the stories of the Bible and to develop and enhance “friendships” with others in the class and the church.  The curriculum is adapted to the particular needs and skills of the class and includes gross and fine motor activities and crafts, development of cognitive skills, music and other auditory and visual activities. We are committed to helping developmentally disabled adults and their families grow in their faith.  New participants are welcome.


Throughout the year we offer special opportunities to study a topic in great depth. This year we are asking ourselves how our Christian tradition has contributed to racism in America and what we as Christians can do to change it.


During the Lenten season, the six weeks before Easter, we offer opportunities to gather, learn and reflect on the Lenten theme.