Members of Grace Lutheran explore social issues

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Editor's note: This story is part of the 2011 Welcome to Worship Guide, a special advertising section produced by Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review. Click here to view the entire 2011 Welcome to Worship Guide.

Grace Lutheran Church's Adult Education programs are one of the ways in which the congregation inspires members to put its mission statement-- "Bring in, build up, and send out disciples for Jesus Christ"—into action. People from the community are invited to participate in these programs, which begin at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays.

Adult Ed programs this fall pay special attention to "sending out." Kurt Hendel from the Lutheran School of Theology Chicago will present a special program on Sunday, September 11, using Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer's witness against the evils of Nazi Germany as a basis for reflecting on the suffering caused by the events of September 11. The next Sunday, September 18, Gunes Murat Tezcur of Loyola University speaks on "Democratic Struggles and Muslim Reformers in the Middle East."

Dean Lueking, Grace's Pastor Emeritus, has organized a series of Sunday morning discussions with community leaders in October. Guests include John Johnson, President of Concordia University (October 2); OPRF Superintendent Steven Isoye, Fenwick teacher Gerald Lordan, and Walther Lutheran High School Principal Jim Craven (October 9); Jack Cleary and Bruce Elegant, representing West Suburban Hospital and Oak Park Hospital (October 16); and David Pope and John Rigas, Oak Park's and River Forest's village presidents (October 23).

Grace's Faith Perspectives programs focus on the role of faith communities as places where people with different viewpoints can converse about social issues in a compassionate way. This year's topic is immigration, with interfaith programs and discussions scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on November 6 and March 11.

Sunday worship at Grace begins at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Children age 3 through high school meet for Sunday School, Confirmation and Teen Talk at 9:45. Nursery service is available for younger children during worship services and the between-service education hour. Grace is located at 7300 Division in River Forest, one block west of Harlem. For more information visit www.graceriverforest.org or call 708-366-6900.

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