NEW OPTION FOR ATTENDING CLASSES!
When you register for a class, you can choose the option to have a recording of the class sent to you via email. The class leader will record the Zoom session, and send it to you the day after the live class is held. On the registration form, just click on that attendance option. Click links below with class descriptions to register.
JESUS ON DEATH ROW
Wednesdays, January 13 – January 27
6:30 p.m. on Zoom (or on a recording via email)
Most Christians believe that the events of Jesus’s life were not random, but an intentional creation of God. It must mean something, then, that Jesus was a criminal defendant, and a capital defendant at that. These three weeks will be dedicated to an examination of Jesus’s experience as a defendant, and what it can tell us about the United States’ criminal justice system. This offering will be taught by Professor Mark Osler, American legal scholar, law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and critic of narcotics policy and capital punishment in the US. Click here to register.
ANTIRACISM AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Wednesdays, January 20 – February 10
4:00 p.m. on Zoom (or on a recording via email)
The concepts and work of antiracism can be challenging and destabilizing. How can we use the spiritual practices of our tradition to build resilience, compassion and an ability to listen well? This class will integrate the spiritual practices of meditation and contemplative prayer with Christian calling to act in antiracist ways. Led by Rev. Seth Patterson (Minister for Spiritual Formation & Theater at Plymouth Church in Minneapolis), we will practice this work together engaging with the wisdom of people such as Pema Chödrön, Ibram X Kendi, Richard Rohr, angel Kyodo williams and our own Biblical tradition. Click here to register.
New! CARE FOR CAREGIVERS
Thursdays, January 28 and February 25
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Many of us are providing unpaid health or supportive care to someone we love — an aging parent, a family member or child with a disability or a spouse, partner or friend with an illness. Others are professional caregivers for people with illnesses or disabilities who are in healthcare settings. These demanding personal and professional roles cause some of us to hide our suffering from ourselves and others, taking a tremendous toll on our health and well-being.
“Care for Caregivers” brings us together to learn how to recognize our suffering. We will learn how spiritual care practices can soothe and renew our souls, hearts, bodies, and minds. We will offer the opportunity to join facilitated small groups of caregivers to accompany each other on the caregiving journey. This class will be led by Dana Essex, PhD, WCC Caring Community Minister and certified spiritual companion. Dana has a 30 year career in a variety of healthcare settings and she has cared for several chronically ill family members with dementia or mental illness. Contact Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.716.8357 for additional information. Click here to register.