Adults

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.

Adult Ed Series on White Supremacy in Policing & Beyond

Sundays, Sept 27, Oct 4 and Oct 11, 9:45 to 10:45 am, Zoom
If you want to deepen your knowledge about white supremacy and policing, join us on the final two Sundays of our series hosted by our Mayflower Race Matters team. Please be in touch with Rev.Christian or Kate Andrews van Horne for more information.

How Democracies Die (speakers to be announced)

Sunday, October 18, 25 and November 1 at 9:45, before the service, on Zoom
How Democracies Die opens the door to authoritarianism. It may be strange, but it is part of our human nature to begin to accept the unacceptable behavior. This book was written to show how fragile our democracy is. Even though it has a worldwide perspective, it particularly addresses our American democracy today.

Learning Communities

Contemporary Theologies: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

Sundays, 9:45 am on Zoom
The person and work of Jesus of Nazareth has been a topic of constant interest since he lived and died some 2,000 years ago. Much speculation about who he was and what he taught has led to confusion and doubt. Aslan offers a compelling argument for a fresh look at the Nazarene, focusing on how Jesus the man evolved into Jesus the Christ. Approaching the subject from a purely academic perspective, the author parts an important curtain that has long hidden from view the man Jesus, who is every bit as compelling, charismatic, and praiseworthy as Jesus the Christ. Carefully comparing extra-biblical historical records with the New Testament accounts, Aslan develops a convincing and coherent story of how the Christian church, and in particular Paul, reshaped Christianity’s essence, obscuring the very real man who was Jesus of Nazareth. Participants should get their own copy of the book. Please contact Bob Power (bobpower651@gmail.com) for the Zoom link.

Rediscovering the Bible: St. John’s Passion

Sundays, 9:45 am, via Zoom
St. John’s Passion, Bach’s oratorio, is a musical prayer. Scripture study can be that, too. The “music” of John’s gospel is distinctly different from the others. We will pick up our study at the passion narrative, with Jesus’ farewell discourse, John, chapter 14. (That will be chapter 15, p 143 in our commentary, John, by O’Day and Hylen). 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 connieford651@gmail.com 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

Contacts

Rev. Christian Briones
(612) 824-0762 ×140
cbriones@mayflowermpls.org