Advent Adult Forum Series: The Men’s Shelter at 2100

Event details

  • Sunday | December 1, 2019
  • 10:10 am
  • St. Paul's Dining Room

The Adult Formation Team presents an Advent Sunday Forum Series entitled A Place Called Home, which we hope will move us from the realities of homelessness in Cleveland to classic literary and personal narratives around a sense of “home,” and, ultimately, into the blessings of Christmas.

Please join us at 10:10 a.m. in the Dining Room on these Sundays in December.

December 1: The Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries (LMM) Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside is the largest shelter in the state of Ohio, serving up to 350 men per night with an additional 30-60 beds available at partner overflow sites. Michael Sering, Vice President of Housing & Shelter at LMM, will give a local overview of homelessness in Cleveland. Shelter residents will speak about their experiences. St. Paul’s parishioner Jan Hart will also share about her own ministry at 2100 Lakeside.

December 8: Advocacy for the Homeless LMM staff members Margie Glick, Director of Advocacy, and Annie Holden, Employment Specialist, will offer a national overview of homelessness with advocacy steps, an interactive quiz on homelessness and lots of Q&A.
Shelter residents will also speak.

December 15: The Journey Home in Greek & Roman Literature and Art Why and when does one leave home? To what lengths would one go to return?
What does one do when home no longer exists? Dr. Timothy Wutrich, Senior Instructor of Classics at Case Western Reserve University, will explore the meaning of home in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Vergil’s Aeneid. We will look at texts and images from the pre-Christian Mediterranean world in an attempt to understand what home meant for early Christians and what it might mean for us today.

December 22: Mistletoe Memories of Home Do you remember your earliest Christmases? What do you remember and why? John Orlock, a playwright and professor of English at Case Western Reserve University compiled – through extensive interviews – the Christmas memories of residents in a Minneapolis Lutheran nursing home. In addition to reading excerpts from this project, Orlock will share insights on how to engage family and friends about their Christmas memories: a rewarding process to bring light, joy, and spiritual mystery to this religious holiday in bleak midwinter.