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!


NOVEMBER

In October and November, we’re focusing on some of the best-known parables of Jesus. In her stimulating six-week video series Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine, a Jewish scholar of the New Testament at Vanderbilt University, asks two main questions: How do we hear the parables through an imagined set of first-century Jewish ears? And how do we translate them so that they can be heard still speaking?

November 7 | The Mustard Seed | Don’t ask when the kingdom of heaven will come or where it is. The kingdom of heaven is already present, though not fully formed, in our world. It’s found “in our own backyard,” in the generosity of nature and the daily working of men and women.

November 14 | The Laborers in the Vineyard | According to Levine, this parable is not about who will get into heaven, but rather who has shelter and enough to eat on earth. When we get a leg up, are we willing to extend an arm? Is it better to be “fair” or to be generous? 

November 28 | The Widow and the Judge | The problem, says Levine, is not ultimately the court. The court represents a larger systemic concern: the human desire for vengeance, a desire that knows no gender or class boundaries, a desire that sucks everyone into its wake.


Faith Foundations | A Confirmation program for adults

About a dozen adults in our church are taking part in Faith Foundations, a new Confirmation program for adults. They'll meet 16 times during this program year, having deep, authentic conversations as they explore core beliefs, sacred texts, history and traditions, faith practices, and belonging within St. Paul’s UCC, the United Church of Christ, and the worldwide Christian church. We’ll engage in three learning modules, gathering on Sundays from 12:30–2:00.

  • Beliefs & Belonging | September & October
  • Bible Explorations | January & February 
  • Faith Practices | March & April

ARC Retreat Center | Action, Reflection, Celebration

Folks on retreat in 2013

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

Men's Group

Join us for a light breakfast and conversation, beginning at 9:00 am in the Fireside Room, usually on the first Sunday of the month, October through May. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Women's Group

The Women's Group began in 1994 as Working Women — a group that engaged in social gatherings and service work together. The group now includes women in their early 20s through 90s who are employed, underemployed, managing households, and retired. The group gathers for a 6 pm dinner at a local restaurant on the first Monday of each month and periodically sponsors a Sunday Morning Fair Trade Coffee Hour with a theme. They also provide Christmas gifts for our homebound members and were the original planters of the Peace Garden in front of the church. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Worship Times

Sunday Morning

10:30 am
Nursery and toddler care provided
Sunday School for children
11:30 Fair Trade Coffee Hour

Evensong Service 
with Folk Ensemble

3rd Sundays @ 5:15 pm,
September through May.
Light refreshments follow

900 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul 55105
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Tue Nov 13 @12:00AM
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Wed Nov 14 @12:00AM
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Wed Nov 14 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
Journey of Faith | The Laborers in the Vineyard
Thu Nov 15 @12:00AM
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