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!
February 5 & 12 | Jewish Mysticism and Biblical Interpretation | Mitch Nelson is a Member-in-Discernment with St. Paul’s UCC and the Minnesota Conference UCC. On a journey toward ordained ministry, he will graduate in May with a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. We’re glad to have him back with us after he served Community Church of Walker UCC in Walker, MN as their licensed pastor in 2018-2019. Mitch looks forward to teaching us about Jewish Mysticism and how knowledge of it can enlighten our reading and understanding of Hebrew and Christian scriptures.
February 5 | Introduction to Jewish Mysticism | We'll explore terminology, concepts, historical texts, and theological implications.
February 12 | Inviting Jewish Mysticism to Inform our Reading of Scripture | We'll explore how concepts and terms from Jewish mysticism can inform our Christian understandings of creation, the Older Testament prophets, and the concept of a Messiah.
February 19 | Dr. Kyle Roberts, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities | VP of Academic Affairs, Dean, and Schilling Professor of Public Theology and Church and Economic Life, Dr. Kyle Roberts will lead a discussion on the state of United Seminary. He will speak about the transition from New Brighton to the new space in Saint Paul. He'll also speak about local and national trends in the ebb and flow and trajectory of seminary education.
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 often go on retreat during Lent, sometimes also in the fall. Recent retreat themes have included Sabbath, Forgiveness, Exploring the Mountain and Valley Experiences of Faith, and Security: Illusions and Imagination.
Interest Groups | Ongoing connections based in commonalities
The Women's Group 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. Contact the church office for more information (651-224-5809).