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September 9

Being Agents of Comfort in a Broken World

Dr. Ingrid Faro | Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Old Testament, Northern Seminary, Lisle, IL. She was Affiliate Professor at TEDS and Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Scandinavian School of Theology in Uppsala, Sweden. Ordained as a minister by the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies, she’s been an interim pastor and a director of women’s ministries.

October 7

Israel’s New Heart and New Spirit in a Spiritually Restored and Repopulated Land

Dr. Walter Kaiser Jr. | President Emeritus and Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. One of the world’s premier biblical scholars, he is a frequent speaker at conferences and has written and contributed to more than 50 books.

November 4

Moving From Theology to Proximity: The Importance of Being Present with Our Jewish Neighbors

Kevin Singer | Born and raised at the intersection of his mother’s Evangelical faith and his father’s Reformed Jewish roots, he is the co-founder and co-director of Neighborly Faith, which exists to equip Evangelical Christians to love all their neighbors, no matter their religion. He holds degrees in theology from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MA) and Wheaton College (MA), and is currently a PhD student in higher education at NC State.

December 9

Christmas Through Jewish Eyes

Justin Kron | The Founding Coordinator of the Kesher Forum will speak on the prominent shepherd-sheep motif in the Hebrew Scriptures and show how it carries into the Christmas story, the life and ministry of Jesus, and the writings of the New Testament.

January 6

Is A Serious Man Really Like the Book of Job?

Josh Larsen | Chicago film critic Josh Larsen will revisit the Coen brothers' A Serious Man – in which a Jewish professor in 1960s Minnesota is beset with troubles of all kinds – and explore how it might differ from a Christian understanding of its commonly assumed source material: the Book of Job. Larsen is the author of Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings, the co-host of Filmspotting, and the host and producer of the Think Christian podcast.

February 3

Learning to Forgive


Karen Kaplan | Born and raised in West Rogers Park, she is the author of Descendants of Rajgród: Learning to Forgive, a memoir about her father's life of brokenness and abuse following the Holocaust and her journey of learning to forgive.

March 2

Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy


Rocked by questions about his faith, award-winning investigative filmmaker Timothy Mahoney seeks scientific evidence that Moses actually wrote the first books of the Bible—despite the skepticism of mainstream scholars.

April 6

The Passover Experience | POSTPONED TO 2020-21

Due to CDC recommendations and our desire to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus, our Seder for this year was cancelled. We look forward to gathering together at the Passover table next year.

May 4

Terezin: Jewish Composers Who Did Not Survive the Holocaust | POSTPONED TO 2020-21


Greg Athnos | Emeritus Professor of Music, North Park University, will look at several giants whose genius was snuffed out in the Holocaust, particularly those at Terezin, a Nazi concentration (propaganda) camp in Czechoslovakia. It is a moving portrait, sometimes hard to watch, yet absolutely imperative to keep alive.

June - August | Summer Break

Thankfully the Coronavirus pandemic is not impacting our schedule during this time, since this is when we take our summer break. We are optimistic that we will be able restart our monthly gatherings on Monday, September 14. Stay tuned for our fall schedule!





Gregory Athnos, Dr. Richard Averbeck, Pastor John Bell, Jenny Berg Chandler, Mark Chassman, Dr. Stuart Dauermann, Aaron Elster, Rabbi Niles Goldstein, Pastor Jacob Fronczak, Daniel Gruber, Stan Guthrie, Alan Handler, Sam Harris, Dr. Peter Hayes, Dr. James Hoffmeier, Pastor David Jankowski, Dr. Boaz Johnson, Dr. Julius Wong-Loi Sing, Rev. Dr. George Koch, Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Rabbi Evan Moffic, Dr. John Monson, Todd Morehead, Dr. Paul Nelson, Dr. Theresa Newell, Brian Newman, Randy Newman, Rev. Dan McNerney,  Dr. Jacob Rosenberg, Dr. Michael Rydelnik, Mimi Sagadin, Ben Schlan, Agnes Schwartz, Dr. Tim Sigler, Dr. Andrew Steinmann, Dan Strull, Wes Taber, Lois Tverberg, Murray Tilles, Michelle Van Loon, Dr. Michael Wechsler, Dr. Joel Willits, Michael Wolf, Jack Zimmerman

Please note that our current and past presenters do not necessarily share the same theological, doctrinal, or methodological perspectives, and their participation is not an endorsement of the Kesher Forum, the host church, or any of the organizations its participants are affiliated with. We don't expect them to. But we all agree that it is possible to learn from and have respectful dialogue with people we may disagree with and they with us.

Who is wise? One who learns from all people.



That is the spirit of the Kesher Forum.