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Our Sunday formation hour for youth and adults, meets every Sunday at 9am in the Fireside Room.

January 5: The Epiphany of Our Lord and the Season after the
Epiphany with the Rev. Ernie Ashcroft.

January 12: Theology of Icons with the Rev. Keith Homstad.
The Rev. Homstad is a a “retired” ELCA Lutheran pastor who creates and paints (writes) Byzantine style Christian icons. He studied with Russian, Ukrainian, and Syrian Antiochian Orthodox master iconographers. Join us as he shares samples of his works and discusses the processes.

January 19: ISAIAH Claiming Our Voices.
Join us for a conversation on faith and values in light of immigration, incarceration, and economic injustice. ISAIAH organizer and friend of Saint John’s, Vivian Ihekoronye will lead us in an exploration of how we can build relationships that will transform our communities, claim our power, and build a new politics in Minnesota based on abundance and unity instead of scarcity and division.

This conversation is part of the statewide Claiming Our Voices initiative with ISAIAH, an organization of congregations, barbershops, childcare centers, and mosques working on racial and economic justice together. Learn how, with ISAIAH, we can influence our elected officials with an agenda that reflects our deeply held values and together build a multiracial democracy and a more caring economy in our city and in  our state!

For more information, contact JamieBents at jtbents@gmail.com.

January 26: Theology of Healing Prayer and Anointing with
St. John’s Healing Prayer and Anointing Ministers.
In November 2019 eight lay ministers were convened by the Rev. Terry Dinovo
and trained by the Rev. Joanie Delamater as Healing Prayer and Anointing
Ministers. Come and learn about how their training, formation, and practice
of this pastoral ministry has encouraged and inspired our team of healing
ministers to say “Yes” to God’s call to each of us to be agents of hope and
healing at St. John’s and in the world.

February Faith Forum Series: Is that really traditional? Presentations of “traditional Christianity” and the deeper tradition that challenges them presented by Dr. Mark McInroy and Judy Stack-Nelson.

The idea of “traditional Christianity” is not as simple as it seems. In some cases, beliefs presented as traditional have in fact been developed relatively recently, and a more ancient stratum of Christian tradition challenges them. This series, led by Mark McInroy and Judy Stack, examines three such cases: (1) belief in a six-day creation, (2) insistence on exclusively male language for God, and (3) the idea that God saves only some and not all. In these instances, a deeper tradition destabilizes beliefs that have enjoyed dominance for some time, and scripture and traditional Christianity unexpectedly provide resources to support non-literal understandings of creation, the use of female imagery for God, and universal salvation.

February 9: Is Creationism Traditional?

The belief that God created the world in six 24-hour periods is often upheld as a traditional Christian view. This session, however, demonstrates that creationism is in fact a modern idea that follows from a literalist interpretation of scripture—which is itself a modern approach to the Bible. The session additionally explores the views of creation found among ancient Christian theologians and in various parts of scripture, and in so doing establishes that support for non-literalist understandings of creation can be found in traditional Christianity.

February 16: Is Male Language for God Traditional?

The use of exclusively male language for God is frequently viewed as the traditional practice of the Christian church. This session, however, demonstrates that ancient Christian tradition and scripture itself invoke female and non-gender-binary imagery for God in a number of unexpected and intriguing ways.

February 23: Is an Exclusivist View of Salvation Traditional?

The belief that God saves only some people, and not all, is often perceived as the traditional view of the Christian church. This session, however, presents the profound disdain for exclusivism found among some ancient Christian theologians, and it examines the belief in universal salvation they uphold as an alternative with scriptural support.