Sunday Morning Forums

Join us in the Fireside room on Sunday mornings at 9:35. Bring your coffee and your friends and neighbors to participate in these congregational faith-enriching presentations and discussions on Faith, Religion, Community Outreach, and Stewardship of Time and Resources.   

March 15:
CORONAVIRUS 101: Finding Facts and What You Can Do.
Dr. Dominic Travis (DVM), an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, will present. 

Dominic Travis is Associate Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, with adjunct appointment in the School of Public Health and Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota.  He is an expert in wildlife epidemiology and veterinary public health, focusing on emerging health/sustainability issues at the interface of wildlife, domestic animals and humans.  Specifically, he has worked on the ecology and prevention of emerging zoonotic diseases such as West Nile virus, Avian Influenza, the evolution of HIV, Anthrax and Ebola virus, among many others.  His work spans North and South America, Africa and South East Asia and has been highlighted in media outlets across the world.

March 22 & 29:
Experiencing loss is part of everyday life and grieving is the process by which we heal.  Unfortunately, in our society grief is often treated as a disease, something to be gotten over as soon as possible. It is beneficial for us to identify the various types of loss from those occurring in our early years to the burgeoning losses associated with aging, illness, and death. It is equally beneficial for us to become aware of how we grieve based on what we learned growing up and how to engage in healthy grieving within our current families.  

In these two adult forums we will explore the range of losses that we experience, the impact of loss on families and how as a Christian family we can attend to each other in times of loss and grief. Dr. Nadeau will use case examples from her practice and her personal experience. The presentation will be interactive, include a little poetry and be sprinkled with humor.

Dr. Janice Nadeau is a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and advanced practice nurse. She has been active as an educator, practitioner and author in the death, dying and bereavement field for three decades. In 1984 she received a Bush Leadership Fellowship and a National Institute of Health Grant to study the impact of loss on families. Her doctoral work led to the publication of Families Making Sense of Death, published by Sage in 1998. She is an invited member to the International Work Group on Death Dying and Bereavement, the recipient of The Service to Families Award from the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Clinical Practice Award from the National Association for Death Education and Counseling. Dr. Nadeau is in private practice in Minneapolis and in Stillwater at the Compass Center for Healing.

April 5
Being a teenager is hard enough without throwing substances into the mix! In this session, you’ll learn the impact substances have on your teen’s brain development and their ability to grow and learn. 

 You’ll also learn about youth substance use trends, strategies to start the conversation, and tips on how to minimize the possibility that your teen will use substances.

High school youth are most welcome as are adults and all those ‘young in heart’.