Classes will be held in the Bethlehem Room at 9:30 and 11 AM unless otherwise specified. The classes will come in segments, following our common book of the year, “Together By Grace.”
Reformation 500 Classes Resume June 25, 9 and 10:30 AM, Library: “Meeting Christ in the Poor” presented by Denise Cortes, area director of
Lutheran Social Services.
July 16, 9 and 10:30 AM in the Bethlehem Room: “Martin Luther’s Teaching on the Use of Money,” presented by Paul Evenson.
As people reflect on the Reformation and Martin Luther’s impact on the late medieval world, we have discovered that he had quite a bit to say about how money is used in the church and in society. Paul Evenson will lead a discussion on how Luther viewed money as an important tool in the spread of the Gospel and the fair and equal treatment of people in his world. In the height of the Renaissance and all of the beauty of art, music and literature, most of the citizens of Luther’s world were living in unnecessary poverty. Luther addresses this with some very important teachings.
In a nutshell, Dr. Pahl highlights Luther’s perspective as follows: “We are saved by grace, through faith – all of life is a gift and trust. And because our salvation is not a matter for anxiety, we are then free to engage rational practices and to organize strategically in ways that incorporate economic policies that benefit and protect vulnerable populations, and we are free to incorporate the kind of business practices that are both sustainable and produce discernible public benefit.”
past classes — click on hamburger menu at upper left corner for playlist