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!
January 8 | Steps on Our Journey Forward, Part 4 | Beginning at 6:10 sharp in the Fireside Room | The Transition Team/Search Committee will guide us on the final leg of our visioning process. At this gathering we’ll develop a ministry plan of action for the ongoing mission of St. Paul’s UCC based on our core values. We’ll be looking three to five years ahead. Join us in shaping the future of this beloved community.
January 15 | Transition Together Event: Identifying Our Expectations of Clergy Who Serve as Partners in Ministry with Us | Beginning at 6:10 sharp in the Fireside Room | This is a second opportunity to take part in this conversation if you weren’t able to join us on Sunday January 12 | Interim Lead Minister Cindy Mueller, along with the Transition Team/Search Committee, will facilitate a conversation around this topic so that we might more clearly articulate our expectations of a new Lead Minister and our current Associate Minister. How might we be in partnership with them? How might we partner with them in ways that enrich this beloved community?
January 22 | Pursuit of a Call from Traditional to Humanitarian Medicine | Beginning at 6:30 | Dr. Aidan Gromoll is a pediatrician from Wisconsin. She is also Associate Minister Clare Gromoll’s sister and a friend of St. Paul's UCC. Aidan will speak about her journey from traditional medicine in the US to the humanitarian field. After completing her pediatric residency, she worked as a pediatrician in Illinois until 2013, when she opted to leave her position to volunteer in settings that are resource-poor. She initially participated in several short-term missions in Haiti. She’s spent the past four years providing care for refugees and internally displaced persons in the following countries: Germany, Greece (six times), Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia, Iraqi Kurdistan (twice), Bangladesh (four times), Lebanon (twice), and Honduras. Aidan will discuss motivation, challenges, rewards, practical issues, and future plans. She’ll welcome our questions.
January 29 | Forces Driving Guatemalans to Emigrate, Impediments Being Built to Stop Them | Beginning at 6:30 | Guest speaker Wayne Bjorlie is SPUCC member Renee Pfenning’s partner. Last July, Wayne traveled for a week in Guatemala with a group under the auspices of Mayflower UCC. Their core objective is always to observe first-hand the effects on the indigenous population of racism and government-sponsored discrimination. For many, this was not their first trip. Their journey together was aimed at illuminating some of the causes of migration to the U.S., since the issue was then front-page news here. Wayne will discuss some of the group’s observations and show slides.
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).