Adult Education Recordings

June 2, 2019

Elizabeth Holdeman and Dan Wessner gave a presentation on Mennonites, Vietnam, and FMC




April 28, 2019

Charlene Epp led a discussion around support structures for healthy pastoral teams. The discussion also covered possible multi-staff team structures, how a Pastoral Congregation Relations Committee (PCRC) can provide support, and perceptions of FMC’s role within Mountain States Mennonite Conference and MCUSA. 

April 7, 2019

Dr. Tink Tinker led a discussion based on his sermon.


March 31, 2019

Hmong Mennonite Church: The Hmong Mennonite Church building project committee shared their church building project vision and goal. They presented ways FMC can be a part of this project.


March 24, 2019

Atonement: Darren K and Glenn B take us on a musical journey through atonement! What do Mennonites do with the events around Jesus on the cross? Is this a story about nonviolence or violence. Darren and Glenn continue their discussion about the Bible centered on this Lenten theme of atonement.

March 17, 2019

Women Bridging Borders Equity in Education series, part 4: Dr. Lisa Calderon (EdD, JD) is a Denver civil rights leader and activist. Dr. Calderon discussed issues of policy, equity, and inequity in DPS and offered advice on paths toward action related to local educational equity and justice within our schools.


February 24, 2019

Women Bridging Borders Equity in Education series, part 3: This discussion looked at current day education equity issues. The panel included Isabelle K, Rachel B, Dana W, and Amanda Stevens (JeffCo School Board) with Alyssa S and Naomi N moderating.


February 17, 2019

Ask Pastor Glenn a question!

February 10, 2019

Women Bridging Borders Equity in Education series, part 2: Have you ever wondered when or why busing stopped in DPS? Find out more about the state of education in Colorado from this adult education. Rod S, Dave H, Lynn W, and Lori O were part of a panel moderated by Ivanna J discussing education in DPS, past and present. 


February 3, 2019

Contemplative living through yoga and mindfulness: Dwelling spiritually involves self-discipline, compassion for oneself and one’s neighbor, and a visceral connection to the divine. Come learn how mindfulness and yoga are a bridge to get us back to feeling “at home.” Ben G and Jill S share their personal experiences with contemplative living through yoga and mindfulness, which has led them on an unexpected journey, sharing it with others. (Please note: The first 10 minutes of audio from this adult education class are missing on the recording.)


January 20, 2019

David Livingston, co-chair of Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence (CFCU) shared. The purpose of this organization of 40 diverse faith congregations is to help end the deaths and injuries in Colorado caused by the use of firearms. 


January 6, 2019
Adult Ed- led by Darren Knowles and Glenn Balzer
Discussion on creation, evolution, and the liberal mind
November 11, 2018
Adult Ed- Women Bridging Borders Equity in Education: Then & Now Series
Part 1: Denver Public Schools


October 28, 2018
Adult Ed- Hassan Latif from Second Chance Center


October 21, 2018
Adult Ed- Kris Rollerson from Sun Valley Youth Center
The  PowerPoint shown is available to anyone interested.  It includes Youth Center contact information.  Contact the FMC Office at to request a copy.


October 14, 2018
Adult Ed – Casa de Paz with Sarah Jackson


September 16, 2018
Adult Ed – Denver Inner City Parish with Larry Martinez


September 9, 2018
Adult Ed – Music Discussion


August 19, 2018
Adult Ed – Annual Congregational Meeting


July 29, 2018
Adult Ed – GraceFull and Homelessness in Littleton with Troy Greenwood


June 17, 2018
Adult Ed – New Tiny Home Village with Cole Chandler


June 3, 2018
Adult Ed – Immigration Reform and a Path to Citizenship with Jennifer Piper


May 13, 2018
Adult Ed –
North Korea with Jonathan Moyer


May 6, 2018
Adult Ed –
Bible, Theology and Stuff discussion with Darren and Glenn


April 29, 2018
Adult Ed – The Danger of a Single Story, with Darren Knowles and Glenn Balzer


April 22, 2018
Adult Ed – Mary Blegen, Colorado Ceasefire


April 15, 2018
Adult Ed –
Questions for Pastor Glenn and Treasurer Tom Bishop


April 8, 2018
Adult Ed – Community Outreach information Power Point Presentation by Duncan Smith

2018 April Outreach Presentation.Duncan Smith

Recording of last half of April 8 Adult Ed session


March 25, 2018
Adult Ed –
Arlo’s 100th birthday


March 18, 2018
Adult  Ed –
Intersectionality (4 of 4-part series) with Naomi Nishi


March 11, 2018
Adult Ed – Intersectionality (3 of four-part series) Naomi Nishi


March 4, 2018
Adult Ed
– Family Promise


February 25, 2018
Adult Ed –
Intersectionality (2 of 4-part series) Naomi Nishi


February 18, 2018
Adult Ed –
Westside Stories


February 4, 2018
Adult Ed –
Intersectionality (week 1 of 4-part series) Naomi Nishi


January 28, 2018
Adult Ed –
Welcome Statement


January 14, 2018
Adult Ed –
Questions for Pastor Glenn


January 7, 2018
Adult Ed –
MCC’s young adult programs with Sharon Nelson


December 3, 2017
Adult Ed –
“Across the Border” with Anton Flores-Maisonet


November 12, 2017
Adult Ed –
“The Making of Three Violins:  Arlo Tells His Story” with Arlo Sonnenberg


October 29, 2017
Adult Ed – “White silence and fragility: Recognizing quiet violence” with Naomi Nishi


October 22, 2017
Adult Ed –
“The falsity of safe spaces: understanding how power and privilege work in our community” with Naomi Nishi


September 17, 2017
Adult Ed – “Equity, resilience and altruism in disasters” with Aimee Voth Siebert
In the wake of devastating earthquakes, ongoing wildfires and other chronic community disasters, how can FMC use Community, Simplicity, Service and Peace to support resilience and equity during emergencies near and far?

July 9, 2017
Adult Ed – MCUSA Convention Reporting with Ardell, Glenda, Dawn & Theda




June 18, 2017
Adult Ed – Kairos Palestine with Stephanie & Ardell, on 3 tracks


June 4, 2017
Adult Ed – Dismantling Whiteness for Racial justice with Naomi Nishi, Part 5, listen to both tracks.


May 21, 2017
Adult Ed – Colorblindness with Naomi Nishi


May 14, 2017
Adult Ed – Palestine Come & See Tour with Susan Burkholder


April 30, 2017
Adult Ed
– “A Conversation on Whiteness, Mennonite Identity, and the Church” with Drew Hart.
Link to Prezi


April 9, 2017
Adult Ed
– Dismantling Whiteness for Racial Justice
Part 3:  Colorblindness and Commitment to Self-Work
Link to Prezi


April 2, 2017
Grocery cart blessing and return.


March 5, 2017
Dismantling Whiteness for Racial Justice, Part I:  What is white privilege?  Naomi Nishi
Link to Prezi 


February 26, 2017
Conversation with Conference Ministers Mary Etta and Linford King


January 22, 2017
Planning for Ministry Teams, Rob Burdette


January 15, 2017
Deborah Rohan, author of “One Person Acted and Everything changed”


October 16, 2016

Are You Ready?  Over the last few decades, we have been slowly losing touch with personal preparedness.  This presentation is designed to stimulate interest in individuals to become better prepared for disasters and emergencies by taking simple steps:  Make a Plan, Stay Informed, Get Involved.

September  11, 2016

Our Leadership Council, in conjunction with the pastors, has developed and approved a policy for future pastors leaving their assignments at First Mennonite Church of Denver.

September 4, 2016

Discussion about the proposed mission statement.

August 14, 2016

Denver Homeless Out Loud presented their vision for Resurrection Village, a tiny home community they are attempting to develop on Di ty of Denver property.

June 5, 2016

Speaker: Elissa Hardy from Denver Public Library. She works with customers experiencing homelessness and other adverse life experiences to provide support and connection to resources. She shared approaches being taken to address this special population in a library that is seeking to serve the whole community.

April 24, 2016

The first discussion about Rob’s Interview Summary Report.

March 20, 2016

In the course of my interviews, I learned that some in our congregational family have felt excluded, omitted or slighted at times in the life of the church. These feelings arise from the fact that they did not grow up “Mennonite, ” do not have an ethnic name or did not attend a Mennonite school. For these reasons, real and perceived, we are experiencing division and loss in our church. I have invited a few of these folks to engage in a dialogue with three other active listeners for our adult education class this Sunday. This is not a debate, I intend it to be a dialogue on inclusion and intentions, an opportunity to listen, ask questions and above all develop understanding. I pray that the concept of yieldedness, the hallmark of the Christian church, will guide our time together. ~ Rob

March 13, 2016, Second Chance Center, Hassan Latif and Sean Taylor

The riveting story of Second Chance Center, a Denver-based program that helps persons transition from prison.

March 6, 2016. Jonathan Moyer, Jason Moyer, Darren Knowles

Are you saved? Are you washed in the blood? Does Jesus live in your heart? Are you on fire for Christ? A discussion about evangelism, proselytizing and the importance of the cross for Mennonites today.

February 28, 2016. Todd Wynward, “Rewilding the Way: Break Free to Follow an Untamed God:

Many Christians today are far too comfy with mainstream corporate culture. Tame as we have become, how might we become salt and light in today’s world? How might we bring forth some of the society-changing values of our Mennonite ancestors as we approach the 500th anniversary of Anabaptism? Author Todd Wynward shares some of his own life experiments  in living an earth-honoring, empire-resisting, despair-crushing way of following Jesus.