Session One

Preaching the Gospel in the Next Century

Presenters: Bishop John Folda/Fr. James Gross
Join Bishop John Folda and Fr. James Gross as they discuss the obstacles the Church faces in our modern times and how best to respond to them, so that God's Word reaches as many hearts as possible."

Bishop John Thomas Folda was raised in Omaha, NE. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln in 1989 and ordained Bishop of Fargo Diocese in 2013. Fr. James Gross was raised near Napoleon, ND. He was ordained in 1999, and currently serves at St. Anthony of Padua in Fargo.

The ‘Real’ Early Church

Presenter: Fr. Kyle Metzger
This course on patristics explores the writings of the Church Fathers, the earliest bishops and theologians of the Church writing in first centuries of the Church. Their writings give great color to some of the foundational beliefs of the Church, including the Eucharist, Papal authority, liturgical rituals, and the honor of martyrdom, among many other topics. Selected readings will come from St. Justin Martyr, St. Clement, St. Polycarp, St. Ignatius, Origen, and Tertullian, among others.

Fr. Kyle Metzger is a native of Fargo and a graduate of Shanley High School. He has a masters in Education and was ordained to the priesthood in 2015. He is currently the parochial vicar of Sts. Anne & Joachim Church in Fargo and teaches part-time at Sullivan Middle School.

What do Muslims Think and Believe?

Presenters: Dr. Ahmed Kamel/ Dr. Mona Ibraham
Fear of Islam and prejudice toward Muslims have reached alarming levels in the U.S. Research evidence suggests that knowing at least one Muslim predicts positive attitudes about Islam and its believers. Yet, a sizable percentage of Americans say that they have never met a Muslim and many report that they know very little about Islam. This course aims to contribute to an increased understanding of Islam and Muslims. We will provide a brief introduction to the history and basic tenants of Islam, present data on what contemporary World Muslims think and believe, and provide opportunities to meet and have conversations with some of your local Muslim neighbors.

Dr. Ahmed Kamel is a professor of computer science and management information systems at Concordia College. He grew up in Egypt and got his college education at Cairo University followed by his graduate studies at Michigan State University after he moved with his wife to the United States in 1988. Dr. Kamel is a member of the board of the Center for Interfaith Projects in Fargo, and has been an active participant in several events to foster inter-religious
churches and community organizations.

Dr. Mona Ibrahim is a professor of Psychology at Concordia College, Moorhead MN. She received her B.A. in Economics from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Michigan State University.  Her primary research interests are focused on cross-cultural adaptation and the development of global perspectives. Dr. Ibrahim has been living in the U.S. since 1988 and has been a US citizen since 2001. She is a member of the Muslim community in the area and frequently offers talks to teachers, nurses, mental health practitioners, and other community members on Arab and Muslim cultures.

Revelation

Presenter: Fr. Scott Sautner
Don’t let the rich imagery and mysterious symbolism of the Book of Revelation intimidate you. Join Fr. Sautner as he helps reveal Jesus amid the imagery, number, and symbols.

Fr. Scott Sautner was born and raised in Harvey ND. He was ordained in 2000. He currently serves as Pastor at St. Philip’s in Hankinson, and St. Anthony’s in Fairmount.