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: Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide, and Prophet by Gregory C. Elllison II

Sundays, 9:45 am, via Zoom
Howard Thurman was famously known as one of the towering giants of American religion in the twentieth century. His writings have influenced some of the most important religious and political figures of the last century, from Martin Luther King to Barack Obama. Theologians such as James Cone and Cornel West regularly signal their indebtedness to him. He was a mystic, a preacher, an educator, a theologian, and much more. It is impossible to understand the African American church today without an appreciation for his contributions. And yet, while Thurman’s name is often recognized, his seminal ideas have not received the attention they deserve. In this volume, internationally known leaders like Marian Wright Edelman, Parker Palmer, and Barbara Brown Taylor invite the reader into creative engagement with Thurman’s writings. The book illuminates how Thurman’s life and wisdom lead these influential names on the ancient quest to connect with the Ultimate, all while discovering the contemporary need to seek racial justice and sharpening the minds and faith of those who come after us. Our learning community reads each chosen book in small bites, in advance of weekly discussions. Participants should get their own copy of the book. Please contact Bob Power ( for the Zoom link.

Rediscovering the Bible: Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians

Sundays, 9:45 am, via Zoom

Paul was likely the most influential person of all time next to Jesus in shaping what it means to be a Christian. We will be guided by the Commentary, “First and Second Corinthians” by John Procter. New members and visitors are always welcome. We read the text in class and discuss it. Reading the commentary is not required. Contact Jeff Richards or (952) 894.6145 for the Zoom details.

Women’s Spirituality

Sundays, 9:45 am on Zoom
In order to accommodate in-person, outside worship at church, Women’s Spirituality will meet weekly and virtually on September Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:30 am. We allow time for a reading, check-in, meditation, discussion and group prayer. Contact Connie Ford at for the Zoom link.Centering Prayer (online)

Centering Prayer

Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 pm on Zoom
Do you like to sit in silent prayer or meditation with others? Come and join others in doing Centering Prayer at Mayflower. We’ll begin with some Psalms for praying, sit for 20 minutes in silence and close with the Lord’s Prayer. RSVP to Cate Calkins to receive the Zoom invite.

Prayer Shawl Knitters

No in-person meetings temporarily during the pandemic.
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. Contact: Barbara Behnke, (651) 454-2314


Rev. Christian Briones
(612) 824-0762 ×140