Kairos Opportunities

Kairos Adult Forum is a time each Sunday of enrichment for mind and spirit. A mix of timely topics, Bible study, and theological exploration are presented by scholars, theologians and other professionals. This year we will be offering both a Sunday morning in person Kairos experience and a bi-monthly Monday evening Zoom experience. Sunday mornings we will meet from 10:15-11:15 a.m. in the Fireside Room. On Monday nights we will meet from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Fall At-a-Glance Schedule

Sundays 10:15-11:15 a.m. in Fireside

November 20 Disabilities Ministry at Incarnation: Rebecca Christiansen Director of Children’s and Family Ministry

Mondays on Zoom 7:00-8:30 p.m.

November 21 Disabilities Ministry: Dr. Ben Conner, Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the Center for Disability and Ministry at Western Theological Seminary

Descriptions

Sunday, November 20: 10:15-11:15 a.m. in Fireside Room
Changed by a Child

Rebecca Christiansen, Director of Incarnation’s Children and Family Ministry, will lead discussion of the hopes and the dreams of a thriving disability ministry here at Incarnation and the already existing work that is being done with children with disabilities.

“In fact some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary”
(I Corinthians 12:22, NLT).

Rebecca Christiansen is married to Mark Christiansen and has three grown daughters. Rebecca and Mark have been advocates for their daughters who have various disabilities. Prior to her work in ministry, Rebecca worked in the White Bear Lake School District as a Paraprofessional in their Autism program. Rebecca has served as chairperson on the Parent Advisory Council. Rebecca was also asked to serve on a special committee to help cast vision for Disability Services in White Bear Lake.

Mondays by Zoom, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 
November 21: Ways We Witness: Disability and the Church

Professor Ben Conner will lead exploration of ways that disability perspectives and embodiments enrich the church’s witness as well as critique our normate/ableist assumptions about who can be a minister or evangelist.

On Young Life staff for 17 years, he did Capernaum youth ministry to and with young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He wrote Amplifying Our Witness, the only book on youth ministry and disability to date and Disabling Mission: Enabling Witness on the intersections between disability and mission studies. At Western Theological Seminary, created the Center for Disability and Ministry at Western Theological Seminary and created several disability-related graduate programs.

Questions about Kairos? Contact The Kairos Committee.