Sunday Adult Forum
On most Sundays at 11 a.m., adults are invited to come together in the Fireside Room for an hour of discussion on current issues and events, exploration of the Bible and the Christian Faith, or to hear from guest speakers. Please see the monthly Beacon newsletter for a listing of our current class topics.
Book Study Group
The third Wednesday of each month at 2 pm a group of interested people meets at Bethania in the Parish Hall to share a lively, articulate, and sometimes discrepant, discussion held around a book they are reading. The books chosen cover a wide variety of topics ranging from ethical and environmental issues to new directions in Christian thinking and philosophical ideas. In the past, the group has read books by Marcus Borg, Ayn Rand, Karen Armstrong, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Diana Butler Bass, and Harvey Cox, as well as many others.
Currently, we are reading and discussing The Naked Now – Learning to See as the Mystics See by Richard Rohr. To learn more about Richard Rohr, an internationally recognized ecumenical teacher, please visit the Center for Action and Contemplation website, www.cac.org. Those who attend the Sunday morning Forums read part of a chapter from this book when we discussed mysticism.
Women’s Bible Study
From September through June, a group of women hold a Bible Study at Atterdag Village of Solvang, using the Gather Bible Study from the Women of the ELCA. To learn more about the study visit http://www.womenoftheelca.org/gather-magazine-pages-49.php
Each year Bethania sponsors the Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series, which follows the Grundtvigian ideal of developing one’s humanity through stimulating the intellect and desire to understand new ideas. This lecture series was named for the Rev. Ejnar Farstrup and Dr. Enok Mortensen, two important Danish-American pastors. Rev. Ejnar Farstrup, served as pastor of Bethania from 1952 until 1961, and Dr. Enok Mortensen, taught in folk schools across the U.S. and was instrumental in documenting Danish-American church history. Over the years the lecture series, begun in 1986, has hosted many remarkable speakers and a wide variety of topics, ranging from environmental and civic issues to current issues within the Christian church, looking at each from the perspective of how they relate to our lives as Christians. For information about the Farstrup-Mortensen Lectures, please go to http://fmlectures.org/