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 
We are reading and discussing Belief Without Borders – Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious, by Linda A. Mercadante (2014). The last 20 years have seen a dramatic increase in “nones”: people who do not claim any religious affiliation. “Nones” now outnumber even the largest Protestant denominations in America. They are not to be confused with secularists, however, for many of them identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR). In this book, theologian and one-time SBNR Linda Mercadante gives these individuals a chance to speak for themselves. The conclusions she draws are startling: despite the fact that SBNRs routinely discount the creeds and doctrines of organized religion, many have devised a structured set of beliefs, often purposefully in opposition to doctrines associated with Christianity. 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. Visitors and new participants are always welcome. 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. 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.