Adult education at St. Michael’s

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Roseville is offering education opportunities for adults in March. All sessions are free of charge and begin at 10 a.m. The church is located at 1660 West County Road B.

March 6
“Rehabilitating the Criminal Justice System — A 21st Century Imperative” with Sarah Catherine Walker. Walker spent five years as the CEO of 180 Degrees, Inc. During that time, she founded the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition. She brings extensive research experience to issues of politics, inequality, and criminal justice reform. She will share a vision for rehabilitating the criminal justice system.

March 13
“Three Parables for This Time” with Dr. Earl Schwartz. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Nahman of Bratslav, a charismatic leader of a band of Ukrainian Jews, composed a series of parables suffused by dismay at the “new world” he sensed in the offing. Dr. Schwartz, professor of Religion and Social Justice at Hamline University, will explore the implications of three of Nahman’s parables in light of that world which we now inhabit.

March 20
“Slavery in Scripture” with Dr. Eric Barreto, associate professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary. Dr. Barreto will delve into a look at Paul’s Letter to Philemon. The short letter is the epitome of Paul’s pastoral and theological work. The letter is a vivid illustration of the careful cultural negotiations people of faith must grapple with in a complex world. Most importantly, this letter revolves around a critical theological question: If God has drawn us together into communities of faith, how then are we to relate to one another when the dictates of the wider culture lead us toward division and social stratification not unity and equality?

April 3
“A Lutheran View of Economic Justice” with Dr. Darrel Jodock. We tend to focus on Luther’s contribution to religion — remembering his struggles and his new emphasis on God’s grace. This is, of course, a central part of the story, but he also had a lot to say about other issues — about changes in society that would make it more just and more humane. Looking back, we do not find in Luther a blueprint that identifies the laws and policies we should adopt today. But we do find principles that were useful then and remain useful now. What are these principles? How do they apply to us as we think about our economy and our participation in it? How are these principles related to basic Lutheran themes? And what can we do to foster a more just and humane economy? Dr. Jodock, professor of religion at Gustavus Adolphus College, examines these important insights of Luther.

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