The Immanuel Symposium is designed to create opportunities for deeper study, discussion, and reflection that might arise during ordinary Bible studies. Each course will consists of 4-6 weeks of focused study on a particular topic, allowing participants to dive deep on subjects that interest them. Unless otherwise noted, sessions are hosted at Immanuel Lutheran Church (1700 Westport Rd. Kansas City, MO 64110), from 7pm to 8pm, and are open to the public. A suggested donation of $35 per participant will provide for course materials and developing future offerings of the Immanuel Symposium. We hope you'll join us! 

Coming Up:

Sex, Faith, and the Gospel


The church has a questionable history, when it comes to talking about sex, generally only breaking our silence on the subject to offer words of judgment and condemnation. The church confesses that we are made in God’s image, with the promise that our bodies are good, but we haven’t always been faithful to that confession. This August, we’ll begin to address that. Taking guidance from Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber’s book Shameless, and the call to a sexual reformation it contains, we’ll look at the harm the church’s rhetoric about sex has caused, and try to model what a faithful conversation about sex might look like. 

We’ll gather at 7 p.m. on August 14, 21, and 28, and September 4 and 11, meeting in Spong Common Room at Immanuel Lutheran Church. A suggested donation of $35 will cover the cost of course materials, including the book mentioned above. Please register by July 31st, by e-mail ( or by phone (816) 931-8483.