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Center for Renewal

Ankeny Forum

Monthly seminars for pastors and other rostered leaders are offered on the third* Tuesday of the month, September-November and January–May. The Ankeny Forum provides pastors and other church staff with monthly interaction with theologians and other leaders of the church, as well as an opportunity to interact with colleagues.

The forum is held at Resurrection Lutheran Church*, 914 NW Ash, in Ankeny, Iowa. Gathering time at 9:00 a.m. is followed by worship at 9:15. Sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. and end by noon, usually followed by lunch. Cost is $130 for active rostered participants and $90.00 for for all others for the series of 8 events.  For those wishing to attend only occasionally, the cost is $20 and $15 respectively per session you attend.

* On occasion we deviate from this schedule due to external factors.


To register by phone, please contact Dwight DuBois at ddubois@grandview.edu.  Or download a mail-in registration form here.

Common Expressions of Evil & How It Works
May 20
In most instances, the term “evil” is used descriptively as an adjective or label. It is more helpful to think of it as a process that fractures the minds and souls of people, as well as the network of relationships so integral to God’s creation. J. Jeffrey Means, M.Div., Ph.D., Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Behavioral Medicine, Medical Humanities & Bioethics in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University and past Director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry at Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, will identify the main characteristics of this process, manifestations of it in daily life, and ways to heal the brokenness it creates. As part of our discussion, the concept of “moral injury” will be discussed, and the wounds it leaves on war veterans will be explored.