Events – Religion Calendar




Financial Peace University
Mondays, Jan. 13 – March 9
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
1720 E. Minnehaha Pkwy., Mpls.
Planning for the future is hard when you’re still paying for the past! Listen — there’s a better way! Join our Financial Peace University class and we’ll learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future  … together! Join us Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 13 through March 9 at Holy Cross. Open to the community—all are welcome. Anyone who is interested can register here:</a

Pathways Faith-Based Life Skills Class
Thursdays, Jan. 2 – March 5, 6 p.m.
Basilica of St. Mary School Room LL7
1601 Laurel Ave., Mpls. 55403
Make a positive change in your life in just 10 weeks! Did you know that every Thursday evening from 6 to 8:15 p.m., a team of dedicated volunteers hosts “Pathways,” our faith-based series of life skills classes? Stop by any time! All are welcome and no registration required. Questions? Contact Julia at 612-317-3413.

Confronting Islamophobia
Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. to noon
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Bartsch Room
2730 E. 31st St., Mpls.
Holy Trinity’s Racial Justice Committee invites the community to learn how to talk with and inform your neighbors about the rich and varied faith and culture of Islam. The presentation features Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Safiya Hashi, the Youth Coordinator for CAIR. You can register online at

MLK Sunday
Sunday, Jan. 19
10:30 a.m. to noon
Living Spirit United Methodist Church
4501 Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls.
We celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, January 19. Minneapolis NAACP President Leslie Redmond will join us as guest speaker, and there will be special musical performances for the occasion.

Living into Being God’s Kindom in Minnesota
Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Ave., Mpls. 55403
Please save Saturday, Jan. 25, for an event led by Dr. Grace Pak from the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Pak will facilitate conversation and learning to bring people together across cultural differences in order to live more fully into God’s Kindom. While sponsored by Twin Cities District Strategy Team, the event is open to all across Minnesota, who are invited, expected, and encouraged to join our conference leadership and attend this first conversation and learning. Hosted by Minnesota Methodists and Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. For more info, see

Spiritual Exploration Opportunities
Plymouth Congregational Church
19th and Nicollet, Mpls.
For the complete Winter-Spring lineup and to register: www.plymouth. org/explore/adult-spirituality/
The 1619 Project
Mondays, Jan. 27–Feb. 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Limited to 22; Tuition: Free, please register; Instructor: Ann Ludlow.
Last summer, the New York Times Magazine published The 1619 Project on slavery in America, which now is being widely used in high schools and college classrooms. The series builds on research by distinguished black academics, journalists and writers.
Meditation Matters
Tuesdays, Jan. 28–March 3 (intermittently) 
7 to 8:30 p.m. 
Tuition: Free, please register; Facilitator: John Bennett.
Try meditation methods with six practitioners on all or any of these Tuesday evenings: Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 3. Scheduled presenters so far are: Todd Tsuchiya and Gail Wong, who will instruct us in Japanese Buddhist chanting; Emily Jarrett Hughes in wisdom dance; John Bennett in guided imagery; and Su Ying in a blend of Tai Chi and Qigong. Please sign up for the series by Jan. 24, or sign up for individual evenings by the Friday before each event. Classes are not sequenced.
Better Angels: Families and Politics
Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to noon
Jackman and Nancy Baltins Room
Limited to 52; Tuition: Free, please register; Instructor: Bill Doherty, PhD. Note: Prior participation in a Better Angels “Depolarizing Within” session (held last fall and announced in these pages) is required.
If our toxic political environment is affecting family bonds, this workshop will offer you:

  • Insight into why family differences over politics are uniquely challenging;
  • Recognition of common roles that family members play in political conversations (e.g., the Gladiator, the Defender and the Sniper);
  • Skills for constructively handling family political differences.

We’ll laugh and have some fun in this workshop—it won’t be all serious. After all, we all come from quirky families.

Children’s Choir Concert by Choirs of Angelica Cantanti
Sunday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls.
Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts presents three of the nine choirs of Angelica Cantanti—Con Brio (grades 2-4), Michele Gehrz, director; Cantabile (grades 4-6), Rachel Lucius, director; and Concert Choir (grades 6-9}, Beth Egger, director—in an afternoon of diverse choral music.
Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs (ACYC) is an award-winning Twin Cities children’s choir program dedicated to providing high quality choral music education with excellence in performance. ACYC’s four conductors are professional music educators and artists who nurture and challenge the 275 boy and girl singers in grades 2-12. Young singers come from across the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area to weekly rehearsals at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. For more information about Angelica Cantanti, visit
A reception in the church’s Chapel Lounge will follow the concert. This event is free and open to the public; a freewill offering may be received to support the Music and Fine Arts program. For further information, call 612-827-5919, or go to


Events at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
3430 E. 51st St. (kitty-corner from the Nokomis Library)Blind Ministry Outreach – Saturday, Feb. 8, noon to 2 p.m. Includes dinner, devotions and fellowship.
Book Club, Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m.
Exercise class for seniors – Monday mornings at 10 a.m.
NA groups – Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays at 7 p.m.
Call 612-729-5463 for questions and more information.

Taizé Service
Minnehaha United Methodist Church
3701 E. 50th St., Mpls.
With all that is going on around us, it is important to slow down and make sure we are feeding our souls and listening for God periodically. Take an opportunity for renewal through prayer, song, and silence at our monthly Taizé services. Join us on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. or any second Friday of the month. Child care is provided.

Coming to the Table (CTTT)
Third Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon  (Next one is Jan. 18)
Sumner Library
611 Van White Memorial Blvd., Mpls. 55411
(To reserve your seat, please RSVP at
Fourth Mondays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Next one is Dec. 23)
Wedge Table Classroom
2412 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 55404
(To reserve your seat, please RSVP at
At Coming to the Table (CTTT,, descendants of those who were enslaved and descendants of slave owners and all those interested in engaging safe constructive dialogue, come together to envision the U.S. as a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal the racial wounds from the historical trauma of slavery, and the racism it continues to spawn. Join Peacebuilding Associate Trainer Crixell Shell and others invested in transforming trauma into nonviolent power. Since seats are limited, please sign up for this free event at  Questions? Email

Weekly Talmud and Bible classes
Thursdays, 6:30 (Bible) & 7:30 (Talmud)
Temple of Aaron
616 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul 55116
Weekly Talmud and Bible classes are taught by Larry Eisenstadt, Temple of Aaron’s ritual director and experienced educator. The classes are free and open to members and non-members. Hebrew language proficiency is not required. No reservations necessary. For more information call 651-698-8874. Or visit

Meditation Sundays, 10 a.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 55403
Join this ancient spiritual practice. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome! No fee and no registration required. More information at 612-871-7400 or

Sharing Meals
*Walker Community United Methodist Church
3104 16th Ave. S.

–Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

*Mount Olive Lutheran Church
31st St. & Chicago Ave. S.

–First & third Saturdays, noon
*All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church
3100 Park Ave. S.

–Thursday’s Table, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
–Third Sundays following 10 a.m. worship
*Messiah Lutheran Church at the Center for Changing Lives
2400 Park Ave. S.

Central to Messiah’s mission and ministry is serving communal meals as a way of making human connections.

–Sundays after worship, 12:15 p.m.
–Tuesdays after community Bible study, 12 p.m.
–Thursdays, community lunch at 12 p.m.
*Trinity First Lutheran Church and School
1115 E. 19th St.

–Saturdays, lunch at 1 p.m. outside in the parking lot

*All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission
3044 Longfellow Ave.
–Sundays 5:30-6:30 p.m.

First Nations Kitchen: Healthy, organic dinners in setting of radical hospitality.
Serving since November 2010! To learn more or to volunteer see our website
*Living Spirit United Methodist Church
4501 Bloomington Ave. S.
Mpls. 55407
–Wednesdays, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.
Community Supper
*Bethany Lutheran Church  
2511 E. Franklin Ave.
–Weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Soup for You serves a free community meal every weekday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal is open to everyone, no exceptions! Volunteers will take your orders and serve you at the table. This is not a soup kitchen, but rather a space to build community! Donations are of course welcome!

Trinity Lutheran Congregation
Cedar Commons
2001 Riverside Ave.
Wednesday Evening Suppers from 6 to 7 p.m.
A free weekly meal sponsored by Trinity and our community partners. All are welcome—neighbors, students and visitors!

Calvary Lutheran Foodshelf
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to Noon
Calvary Lutheran Church
3901 Chicago Ave. S.

Good in the ‘Hood Food Shelf
Fourth Wednesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Macedonia Baptist Church
3801 First Ave. S. (fellowship hall)
Inspiring intentional kindness. Food Shelf in-a-box.

New Creation Baptist Church
1414 E. 48th St., Mpls. 55417
Food Shelf
Saturdays (except 5th Saturdays)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(Brown door on the corner of 48th St. and 15th Ave.)

Minnehaha United Methodist Church
3701 E. 50th St., Mpls. 55417
Food Shelf every Tuesday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Minneharvest Food Giveaway
Fourth Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.
Minnehaha United Methodist Church
3701 E. 50th St.
Two bags of free groceries per adult. We provide perishable food for anyone who is hungry, no questions asked. FFI: 612-721-6231.

Inculturation Liturgy
Sundays, 11 a.m.

All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission
3044 Longfellow Ave.
No matter where you are on your journey, you are welcome here. Rev. Robert Two Bulls, 612-791-1253.

AA AND NA Meetings 
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church 
4101 37th Ave. S. 
Every Monday night there is an AA meeting at 7 p.m. 
Every Tuesday and Wednesday night there is an AA meeting at 7:30 p.m. 
On Thursday night, there is an NA meeting at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. 

NAMI MN: LGBTQAIP Peer Support Group 
Saturdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
Living Table United Church of Christ, Hope Room 
3805 E. 40th St. 
NAMI offers a support group for those living in the GLBTQ community and their allies on Saturdays at 1 p.m. The NAMI Connection support group program is a peer-to-peer based support group model. Connection groups are a safe place to confront the challenges that members of the GLBTQ communities face: low self-esteem, social isolation, stigma, discrimination, anxiety, and depression. For information regarding this group please contact Kim Sherva at NAMI Minnesota, 651-645-2948. 

Gamblers Anonymous 
Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. 
Living Table United Church of Christ, Hope Room 
3805 E. 40th St. 
Anyone with a desire to stop gambling is welcome. 

Adoption Support Group for Teens and Parents  
First Tuesdays,*  6:30 to 8 p.m. 
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church  
4101 37th Ave. S.  
The Adoption Support Network holds monthly support groups for parents and teens who have been adopted. Adoptive parents are provided with a confidential, nonjudgmental environment where they can support each other and share resources. Teens are invited to meet with other teens who understand what it’s like to be adopted. The teen group is not a drop-off group—parent(s) must attend the parent support group. For more info and to RSVP contact Ginny Blade at 651-646-5082 or (parents). 
*Meetings are usually the first Tuesday of the month, but call ahead to check.

Support Group for Soldiers and Veterans
Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church (lower level)
2511 E. Franklin Ave.
The Mission Project was founded in 2005 by Mary Bergerson, the disabled widow of Sgt. Douglas Bergerson, in order to honor his memory and military service following his suicide. We lose 23 soldiers/veterans to suicide every day. It is her vision to put an end to this by keeping others from following in his footsteps.
The most important thing soldiers need from us is to know they are not alone, that people care and that we are here to help and support them. We are committed to mental health, advocacy, reintegration, suicide prevention, camaraderie and fellowship.
Veteran-driven support groups, sponsored by the Mission Project, meet weekly and provide free resources such as massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, live music, a community meal and veteran resource tables. Families, friends and support systems are welcome to come along. One group meets in Lakeville, but there’s one in South Minneapolis now, at Bethany Lutheran Church.  Call 952-393-7524 for more information.

Shape-note Singing
Third Sundays, 4 to 7 p.m.; Fourth & Fifth Sundays, 5 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
University Baptist Church

1219 University Ave. S.E., Mpls. 55414
No experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. Sing along or just listen. Tunebooks available for loan or purchase. For information on shape-note singing visit

Safe Place: Homework Help
Monday – Friday, 3:30 to 6 p.m. 
Trinity Lutheran Congregation
2001 Riverside Ave., Mpls. 55454
Adult students and children are all welcome. Tutors are available for all levels. If you are interested in being a volunteer or tutor or if you need more information, contact or 612-333-2561.


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