All along our life journey God calls us into spiritual and intellectual growth. In search of that growth, the Mayflower community engages in prayer, meditation, study, education, and discussion on a wide range of topics in classes, lectures, and ongoing Learning Communities.

Learning Communities

Contemporary Theologies

Sundays at 9:45 am, Room 207
Contact: Linda Nelson, (952) 894-6145, or Karen Seashore 
This fall we are reading Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, (2013). With deep compassion and graceful prose, botanist and professor of plant ecology Robin Wall Kimmerer (Gathering Moss) encourages readers to consider the ways that our lives and language weave through the natural world. A mesmerizing storyteller, she shares legends from her Potawatomi ancestors to illustrate the culture of gratitude in which we all should live. In such a culture, everyone knows that gifts will follow the circle of reciprocity and flow back to you again. She reminds readers that we are showered every day with gifts, but they are not meant for us to keep. Our work and our joy is to pass along the gift and to trust that what we put into the universe will always come back. The process of sharing our responses to the text yields not only a learning experience, but also community, fellowship and new connections for our faith journeys. Participants should get their own copy of the book.

Rediscovering the Bible: Isaiah

Sundays at 9:45 am, Study 1
Join us for a discussion that is both fun and informative. We will get to know at least three prophet-poets included in the book of Isaiah, which covers more than 200 years of the most eventful time in the history of the ancient Jewish people. It was at that time, in the midst of threats to their very existence, that our spiritual ancestors truly embraced the worship of the one God. It is Isaiah’s writings, most of all, that the followers of Jesus turned to understand the amazing events they had lived through during his life and death. We will be guided by the commentary Isaiah, (in two volumes) by Walter Bruggemann. We recommend you obtain a copy, but it’s not required. We welcome drop-ins as well as regular attenders, whether you have read the book or not. Contact Jeff Richards at or (952) 894.6145.

Centering Prayer

Thursdays from 6:30–7:00 pm
We begin with some Psalms for praying, sit for 20 minutes in silence, and close with the Lord’s Prayer.

Women’s Spirituality

On break during the summer; Sept–May, Sundays, 9:45 am, Room 211
We collectively explore the feminine face of God through ritual, readings, meditation with “A Pocketful of Miracles” and walking the labyrinth. There will be guest leaders, Goddess banners, story and laughter.

Prayer Shawl Knitters

Meets first Sunday of every month, room 209, September–May
Contact: Barbara Behnke, (651) 454-2314
We knit and crochet prayer shawls to be blessed in the worship service and given to members of the church community in times such as birth, graduation, or illness. If you would like to volunteer to make a prayer shawl for high school graduates, contact Teddie Potter at (612) 822-5669.