Thoughts on the Forum

Thoughts on the Forum

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and also in the forum every day with those who happened to be there…Now all the Athenians and the foreigners living there would spend their time in nothing but telling or hearing something new.    Acts 17:16-17, 21

The Forum was a place in the ancient world where people gathered to buy and sell goods, to share festivals and to exchange ideas. The Forum was where Paul went to meet new people and to preach the good news about Jesus. The Forum was the place where Paul created an intersection of culture and congregation.

In this spirit, Salem begins a weekly Forum, a place where both the “locals and the foreigners” can come and spend some time telling about and hearing something new share with one another. We will want to ask how our faith impacts our thinking and also how our thinking impacts our faith. We can and will, do both.

Some topics will bring you comfort, others will challenge you. All conversation will be bathed and held in prayer.  The topic for the next couple Sundays will be “The Power of Reconciliation.” We will start with a follow up to last Sunday’s sermon, using more video clips from Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

All are welcome this Sunday, between services (10-10:45am) in the 3rd Grade classroom (bottom floor of the education wing closest to the parking lot).  Grab some coffee, find a friend, come on down and together we’ll share stories, discover intersections, and find our way forward. 

 Peace, Pastor Kurt