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!
JULY & AUGUST
In July, we’ll have two tracks in our Journey of Faith programming. One is an open group viewing and discussion the video series Animate, featuring progressive Christian voices. A book group is also reading and discussing Active Hope, by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. The book group will continue to meet for a few Wednesdays in August. We’ll also have a stand-alone session on July 24, plus our annual all-church picnic at Lake Josephine on August 28. Come join us!
July 10 & 17 | The Animate series | On July 10, our topic will be Community; on July 17, Prayer.
Active Hope | How do we call forth our best gifts for the healing of the world? Large-scale problems like the climate crisis, massive inequalities and injustices, mass extinctions, rampant consumerism and waste can seem impossible to solve, leaving us feeling powerless. Macy and Johnstone invite us to live an alternative story, one of gratitude, grief, interconnectedness, and ultimately, “active hope.” Such hope has roots deep in our souls and connects us to one another in a “commitment to act for the sake of life on earth.” Active hope just might change the world—and will almost certainly change you.
July 24 | Understanding & Exploring Church 3.0, with Brien Aadland | How are church and community done outside the four walls of the building? Come with questions and an open mind.
August 28 | All-Church Cookout at Lake Josephine | Our annual congregational picnic at this park (3027 N. Lexington Avenue, Roseville). A fun evening outdoors for all!
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
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. Contact the church office for more information (651-224-5809).
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. Contact the church office for more information (651-224-5809).