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
Winter session began Jan 7 with God: A Biography (1996) by Jack Miles. The book examines God’s voice in the Old Testament. Is it possible to approach God not as an object of religious reverence but as the protagonist of the world’s greatest book–as a character who possesses all the depths, contradictions, and ambiguities of a Hamlet? Miles provides a learned, original exegesis that will send readers back to the Bible in curious amazement. Newcomers are always welcome. Participants should get their own copy of the book.

Rediscovering the Bible

Sundays, 9:45 am, starting Sept 17, Study 1
The Book of Acts is the New Testament’s sole history book. It details the growth and spread of the Jesus movement beginning with the Jewish church in Jerusalem and the earliest missionary Apostles, and then the conversion and subsequent adventures of Paul and the Gentile churches he starts and nurtures. It ends as Paul carries his message to Rome itself. We will use the commentary “Acts,” by Paul Walaskay to guide our studies. Everyone is welcome to join us in this exploration of our Christian roots! Questions? Contact Jeff Richards.

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