Winter Forum Series
(formerly Winter at the Cellar)
Our popular summer and winter forum programs offer Catholic adults and young adults an opportunity to learn and grow in a comfortable, familiar environment in downtown Waterloo.
We choose presenters from among pastors and pastoral leaders on both the local and diocesan level. We ask them to address a variety of interesting and important issues which shape the lives of Catholic adults and young adults in the Church today.
Presenters and participants alike appreciate the relaxed and informal atmosphere which contributes to a stimulating combination of presentation and discussion. Food and beverages are available before, during and after the presentations.
Forum programs are open to the public. No pre-registration.
Forum programs are held at COR, the Waterloo parishes' downtown hospitality center at 220 East 4th Street. [Click here for map]
Our Summer and Winter Forum programs are made possible in part by a grant from the
Archbishop Kucera Center for Catholic Intellectual and Spiritual Life at Loras College.
Adults and young adults who participate in this opportunity will:
• learn more about important issues which affect our lives as Catholic Christians.
• have an opportunity to dialog with distinguished pastoral leaders, theologians and academics.
• appreciate the challenges and opportunities of a changing Church in a changing world.
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Catholic Voters in the 2016 Election
Presented by Dr. David Cochran
Dr. Cochran is professor of political science and director of the Archbishop Kucera Center for Catholic Intellectual and Spiritual Life at Loras College. In this presentation Dr. Cochran will address patterns in how Catholics and different subgroups of Catholics voted in the 2016 election, how Catholic voting patterns have changed over time, and what factors shape the way Catholics vote.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Catholics and Lutherans 500 Years Later
Presented by Dr. Jacob Kohlhaas and Rev. Martin Lohrmann
On the eve of All Saints Day, October 31, 1517, the Augustinian monk and scripture scholar Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Castle Church at Wittenberg calling for an academic disputation of perceived corruption and inconsistencies within the Church. In doing so, Luther initiated one of the most transformative events in Western history. In anticipation of the Reformation's 500th anniversary, Dr. Martin Lohrmann of Wartburg Theological Seminary and Dr. Jake Kohlhaas of Loras College will offer their perspectives on the fundamental issues at stake in the Reformation and the progress now being made towards mutual understanding among Catholics and Lutherans today.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
The Surprising Imperative of an Apocolyptic Faith
Presented by Dr. Charlotte Martin
Dr. Martin is professor of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Presented by Msgr. Lyle Wilgenbusch
Msgr. Wilgenbusch is currently pastor of St. Athanasius Parish in Jesup and former Vicar for the Waterloo Region in the Archdiocese of Dubuque. He celebrated his fiftieth anniversary as a priest in June of 2016 and in this presentation will reflect on what he has learned as a priest over the past fifty years.