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 of our faith!
Over the course of two Wednesday evenings, Norma Rae, Becky and Bob will recount the sights and experiences of their trip to India last January. They write: “As part of a United Theological Seminary course, 13 of us (including two professors, four students, one UTS staff member, and their friends and relatives) spent 10 days in India as we visited Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Baha'i, Muslim, Buddhist, and Christian religious sites. India is a complex, beautiful country of friendly people filled with a deep sense of spirituality. It is also a large third-world country, and this aspect challenged us in ways we could not anticipate. Let us share with you our wonder and reactions to experiences ranging from the grandeur of the Taj Mahal to the humbleness of a car-top temple. Along the way, learn a little about the faith traditions we witnessed, and come see some of the souvenirs we brought back to accompany our memories and photos.”
May 16 | Behind the scenes at Feed My Starving Children: Moving beyond "the single story" | Presenter: Katie Koranda
Many in our community are familiar with the mission of Feed My Starving Children, having packed meals and sat through orientation and closing sessions. As the digital content specialist at FMSC, Katie Koranda handles their blog and social media channels and is passionate about moving beyond what has come to be known as "the single story," a dangerous practice that simplifies people into groups and unintentionally promotes stereotypes. Questions Katie regularly asks herself in her work include if she is exhibiting a white savior complex or telling stories with dignity. In her talk, Katie will share stories from her travels with FMSC, how she has grown as a storyteller, and how and why FMSC truly is more than aid. Katie Koranda is the digital content specialist for Feed My Starving Children and a member of St. Paul’s UCC.
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
Join us on the first Sunday of the month. We have a light breakfast and gathering time beginning at 9 am in the Fireside Room. Tom Davis facilitates this group with a little help from his friends.