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. Newcomers are always welcome!
September–May, when there are two services, learning communities meet at 9:45 am. June–August, where there is one service, learning communities meet at 8:45 am
Our learning community concentrates on theology books (both Christian and non-Christian) written at a layperson’s level. We read each chosen book in small bites, in advance of weekly discussions. 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. Mid-book newcomers are just fine! Contact Bob Power.
9:45 am, Room 211
Women’s Spirituality provides space for deep engagement with other women. They celebrate the festivals of the Wheel of the Year and explore the feminine face of God. They regularly read from “Pocketful of Miracles,” check in regarding a spiritual question and meditate together. Depending on the current status of COVID, in-person and/or Zoom meetings are available. Contact: Connie Ford
Rediscovering the Bible
9:45 am, Room 208
Rediscovering the Bible has been promoting Bible literacy at Mayflower for the past nine years. We believe that such knowledge gives us a better sense of our prophetic justice roots, and that it also helps us counteract the misuse of the Bible by those who wield it as a political weapon. We study one book at a time with the help of a commentary. This fall we are studying Paul’s letter to the Romans. Our discussions are typically lively and informative. No prior knowledge oof the Bible is necessary, all are welcome. Contact Jeff Richards.
The Biology of Gender Identification and Sexual Orientation
Jan 4 – Feb 8, Thursdays, 7:00 pm, Fireside Room
John Fredell has an MD degree from the University of Minnesota and originally taught this class for the UMN Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). This course takes an extensive scientific look at why we are who we are in terms of gender identity and sexual orientation. We will explore social and medical history as well as the embryology, genetics, and endocrinology of sexuality. We will look at sexual practices in the animal world and examine “natural” experiments that help explain the biological source of our sexuality. Finally, we will have discussions about the psychology and sociology of “gender dysphoria” and explore the concept referred to as homophobia.
Mondays at 6:30 pm via 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
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
Senior Men’s Fellowship
Meet at 8 am on the first Tuesday of every month at the Richfield VFW, 6715 Lake Shore Drive S. in Richfield. Contact: Jim McConkey
Women of a Certain Age
Women of a Certain Age continue to meet in hybrid form using Zoom and in person, third Wednesdays of the month during the program year. Contact: Belle Scott