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, 9:45 am, starting Sept 17, Room 207
Contact: Linda Nelson, (952) 894-6145, or Karen Seashore
This fall we begin a new book, A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict (St. Martin’s Griffin; 1St Edition, 2000) by Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall. This nationally acclaimed book shows how popular movements over the past century used nonviolent action to overthrow dictators, obstruct military invaders and secure human rights in country after country. The book’s stories take place over the course of the 20th century and give hope to building a future of something other than just continual future warfare as a way of dealing with seemingly intractable conflicts. Visitors and new participants are always welcome. Participants should get their own copy of the book.

Rediscovering the Bible

Sundays, 9:45 am, starting Sept 17, Study 1
All are welcome to join us as we plunge into the Gospel of Luke, the richest source of stories in the New Testament. We’ll strive to see these stories in their fullest context: their time, place, author and original audience. The better we understand the context, the more vividly their portrayal of Jesus will stand out. We will be guided by the commentary Luke, by Sharon Ringe. We recommend you obtain a copy, but it’s not required. Any interested person can participate in the discussion.

Women’s Spirituality

Sundays, 9:45 am starting Sept 17, 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
Contact: Barbara Fox, (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 this year’s high school graduates, contact Teddie Potter at (612) 822-5669.


Ellen Baker
(612) 824-6591

Rev. Emily Goldthwaite Fries
(612) 824-0762 ×140