Time: 6:30- 8:00 p.m.
Date: Typically the 2nd Thursday of each calendar month
Location: Detwiler Auditorium, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community
  • Jan. 9, 2020
    “Thriving: How Growing Churches are Reaching Young Adults”
    Aaron Kauffman, President, Virginia Mennonite Missions
  • February 13, 2020
    “Migration and People on the Move: Things to Think About”
    Everett Ressler, Humanitarian, Director of KonTerra Group
  • March 12, 2020
    “Ontogeny: When Divine Image is Marred by Sin”
    Roman Miller, Emeritus Professor of Biology, EMU
  • April 16, 2020
    Faith and Science: High School Science Project Fair
    Note: Third Thursday in April
  • May 14, 2020
    Vernon Jantzi  (more info to come)
  • June 11, 2020
    “Ethics, Aging & Money: How to Say ‘No’ to a Fundraising Pro”
    Les Helmuth, CFRE, Executive Director, VMRC Foundation


Time: 6:30- 8:00 p.m.
Date: Typically the 2nd Thursday of each calendar month
Location: Detwiler Auditorium, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community
  • Jan 10, 2019
    “How Can I Help? Understanding Dementia and Appropriate Responses to Affected Persons and Their Families”
    Mary Kay Adams, Musician and Professor
  • Feb 14, 2019
    “Refugees: Toward a Biblical Response to a Human Crisis”
    Jim Hershberger, Former Director of Church World Services, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Mar 14, 2019
    “Bioethics: An Anabaptist Strategy for ‘Renewing Your Mind’ (Romans 12:2)”
    Bill Hawk, Professor of Philosophy, James Madison University
    Apr 11, 2019
    “Make the Rest of Your Days the Best of Your Days”
    Idella and Emory Otto, Retired Counselors, Landis Homes, PA
  • May 8, 2019
    “The Space Between: A Christian Engagement with the Built Environment”
    Randy Seitz, AIA, Blue Ridge Architects
  • June 13, 2019
    "Space Travel  and Christian Faith"
    Richard Bowman, Retired Physics Professor, Bridgewater College, VMRC Resident
  • July 11, 2019
    “A 50-year Ecumenical Sojourn in Africa”
    Harold Miller, Retired Mission/Service Worker
  • August 8, 2019
    “Church and State in the Carolingian Era”
    Carol Scheppard, Professor of Religion, Bridgewater College
  • September 12, 2019
    “A Silent Violence - Sexual Abuse in Mennonite and Plain Communities”
    Carolyn Stauffer, Associate Professor Applied Social Science, Eastern Mennonite University
  • October 10, 2019
    “Infinitude: Implications for Trinitarian Theology”
    Samuel Augsburger, Biomechanical Engineer, Lexington, KY
  • November 14, 2019
    “Confucius meets Menno: China’s Religious Resurgence and Search for Ethical Roots”
    Myrrl Byler, China Cross-Cultural Leader, Eastern Mennonite University
  • December 19, 2019 (3rd Thurs of Dec)
    “Historical Genesis from Adam to Abraham”
    Dick Fischer, President of Genesis Proclaimed Association, Washington, D.C.


Time: 6:30- 8:00 p.m.
Date:  Typically the 2nd Thursday of each calendar month
except the December Forum meets on Wednesday.
Location: Detwiler Auditorium, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community
  • August 7, 2018    
    “Where is God? Do the Math!"
    James Mullenex, Retired Professor of Mathematics, James Madison University, Park Place VMRC
  • September 13, 2018    
    “Epigenetics & Incarnation: Generational Healing and  Transformation as the Work of the Spirit” 
    Roy Hange, Pastor (Charlottesville Mennonite Church) and Lecturer, Charlottesville, VA
  • October 11, 2018      
    Three Person Dialogue: “Theology and Politics: How Would Jesus Vote?”
    John Swartz, Pastor, Teacher, and Writer, Park Place, VMRC  
    John Sloop, Retired Pastor, Chaplain at Valley Family Forum
    Harriett Hayes, Professor of Sociology, Bridgewater College
  • November 8, 2018        
    “Origen: 3rd Century Egyptian Theological View on Justification in the Book of Romans”  
    Nancy Heisey, Associate Dean, Eastern Mennonite Seminary
  • December 12, 2018 (Wednesday) 
    “Caring for God's Creation: Anabaptists and Climate Change”   
    Doug Graber Neufeld, Professor of Biology, Eastern Mennonite University

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