Adults ~ Journeying together toward deeper faith, justice, and love for all
Journey of Faith
Our Journey of Faith program began in 2008 as part of the beginning of our congregation’s revitalization. This program combines adult Christian Education with opportunities to share our faith with others. Over the years we have provided sessions such as book studies, video studies, invited speakers, ecological concerns, and presentations by our own members. For a view of some of our past offerings, please click here.
Please consider joining us on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 as we explore questions and topics related to our faith!
September 5 | From the Auction Block to the Mic Drop | Black people in the US were the first imported Humanists. They continue to assert their basic humanity each day as they challenge the hegemony of traditions associated with American racism. Learn why the movement of Black secularists and humanists is growing in the US. Led by Rev. Karen Hutt, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and Vice President of Student Experience and Culture at United Theological Seminary.
September 12 | Hinduism 101: What You Really Need to Know | Neha Markanda will debunk common myths about Hinduism as she explores what the tradition is and what it is not. Neha (Nay’ha) was born in India, moved with her family to South America as an infant, and then to the US at age 7. She is co-founder of the Hindu American Temple School and serves as the Strategic Planning Chair for the Hindu Society of Minnesota, both in Maple Grove.
September 19 | Buddhism: A Non-Theistic Religion (isn’t that an oxymoron?) | An overview of the many Buddhist traditions, basic common views, and teachings. The session will include brief meditation instruction and a glossary to manage all that vocabulary! Led by Rev. Katherine Engel, an ordained interfaith minister. Katherine has been meditating and studying Buddhism for 20 years and is the Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis.
September 26 | One Baha'i's Journey of Faith | David Sterling’s search for the path to lasting and meaningful world peace dates to his pre-school years during World War II. At age 30 he found the Baha'i faith and committed himself to sharing Baha'u'llah's blueprint for a global effort to unify people of all faiths and none. David is a member of the Baha’i community of Saint Paul.
ARC Retreat Center | Action, Reflection, Celebration
The ARC Retreat Center is located in a beautiful white pine forest just an hour north of the twin cities. ARC is “a retreat center operated by a residential community, rooted in Christian tradition, emphasizing the values of simplicity, justice and healing, mercy and prayer, serving individuals and groups seeking time apart, rest and spiritual renewal." We go on retreat during Lent and in the fall each year. Recent retreat themes have included Sabbath, Forgiveness, and Exploring the Mountain and Valley Experiences of Faith. The theme for our next retreat (February 9-11, 2018) will be Security: Illusions and Imagination.
Interest Groups | ongoing connections based in commonalities