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ZED Talks



Fireside Room

Zumbro’s Adult Forum stimulates the mind, engages the heart, and challenges people to grow in their understanding of important topics in our lives and the life of faith.

Watch past Adult Forums online here.

ZED Talks are recorded each week and can be found on our YouTube Channel

December 2019

DECEMBER 8, 2019 | A Celebration of Pastor Lisa Kipp’s Ministry Pastor Lisa has served Zumbro in many capacities over the last nineteen years. We will bless her on her way with a program in the sanctuary, followed by refreshments and conversation in the lounge.

DECEMBER 15, 2019 | Key Moments for Race and Religion in America Presenter: Dr. Sarah Ruble, Professor of Religion, Gustavus Adolphus College Mary’s Magnificat called for the reversal of society, where the privileged and powerful are brought down low and the poor and voiceless are raised up. Some may argue that Mary’s vision is still just that, a vision. Dr. Sarah Ruble will take a closer look at the relationship between race and religion in America, and whether we as American Christians are any closer to fulfilling Mary’s vision.

DECEMBER 22, 2019 | Finding Joy After Loss Presenter: Author Harriet Hodgson The holidays are particularly tender, and often difficult after the loss of a loved one. Harriet Hodgson has written over 35 books on caregiving, health, and grief. She will share insights on the experience of grief and ways to seek joy, even as we face the challenges of loss.


November 2019

NOVEMBER 3, 2019 | The Landing MN. Inc, a Walk of Faith Presenter: Dan W. Fifield, RN, Founder/President      From an initial dream (honestly a dream), to God’s not so gentle “shove”, The Landing is an organization walking side by side with our friends that are experiencing homelessness. The Landing aims to navigate a sometimes very confusing and difficult system to enable people to live a more stable life.

NOVEMBER 17, 2019  | Presenter: Enid Weichselbaum, Zumbro member We are Stewards: How We Protect, Grow, Nurture and Support One Another (continued on November 24th)

NOVEMBER 24, 2019 | Presenter: Enid Weichselbaum, Zumbro member We are Stewards: How We Protect, Grow, Nurture and Support One Another (continued from November 17th)

October 2019 

OCTOBER 6, 2019 | ourchurch. ourfuture. Presenter: Campaign Leadership Team Hear how your participation in the capital campaign and this year’s annual appeal will enhance worship, extend hospitality, and expand the mission of Zumbro. Come be part of the excitement of this once-in-a-generation project and have questions answered as we launch the campaign to raise $3 million and support the ongoing ministries of our church.


OCTOBER 13, 2019 | Accompanying Homeless Youth Presenter: Christina Fort, LSS Youth Services of Rochester     Each year Lutheran Social Service supports about 350 youth and young adults living in homelessness in the Rochester area. One of the hopes for our capital campaign is that we will be able to support LSS in this effort and make a difference in the lives of young people in our community. Christina Fort is a passionate advocate for homeless youth and is the program director for LSS Youth Services. She will share what’s being done now and what could be possible as we look to partner more closely with LSS in the future. 

OCTOBER 20, 2019 | Sacred Spaces: Stories of Faith Through Architecture Presenters: Teresa McCormack, Architect & Erin Schambureck, Interior Designer The church tells stories in many ways. We can learn a lot about a community by the ways we gather, worship, and serve. We also learn many things through the buildings we gather in. We’ll take a trip through history to explore the ever-changing ways the church has communicated the gospel to the world through architecture and design.   

OCTOBER 27, 2019  | What’s Church Look Like for Future Generations? Presenters: Jen Gruendler, Youth & Young Adult Minister &  Pastor Jason Bryan-Wegner The band R.E.M has a song called “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”. As we look at how young people are and are not engaging the church in the same ways as their parents and grandparents, we can safely say that the church-going forward-is not going to be the same. We’ll share what we’re doing at Zumbro to walk alongside young people today, and give some context for how we might live boldly and faithfully into the future as a church.