Summertime often means pool parties, cookouts, and vacations. School’s out and so are faith formation classes at Risen Savior. But opportunities for faith formation continue to abound right in your own backyard! If you’re looking for ideas on how to integrate faith and spirituality into your family’s summer plans, use the downloadabel packet below for some great ideas! They can be adapted for various ages and you have the flexibility to choose which topics fit your family!
In July 2022 Risen Savior polled our parishioners to ask which justice issue they would like to learn more about in a JustFaith group. The topic with the most interest is “Faith and Racial Equity: Exploring Power and Privilege.” We are excited to offer this small group starting the week of Sept. 12th!
What is JustFaith? JustFaith programs are 8-10 week small-group experiences where participants commit to learning, praying, and reflecting together about a justice issue facing us today.
Why Faith and Racial Equity? This is a 10-week small group with an opening retreat, 8 group sessions, and an immersion experience. Program goals include
- Develop awareness of the ways that racial privilege impacts our communities and ourselves
- Through a deep dive into the Gospel of Luke, learn how Jesus’s teachings guide us in seeking racial justice in today’s world.
- Learn practical tools for becoming anti-racist, and for effecting change in our communities.
This program awakens participants to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others.
When: We are offering 2 group times: Mondays in person at Risen Savior from 10am-12pm and Wednesday evenings virtually from 7-9pm. Groups meet weekly starting the week of Sept. 12th through the week of Nov. 14th. (Please note: we changed the in-person group to meet on Mondays instead of Tuesdays to accommodate more schedules.)
Cost: The program registration is $50 which includes a copy of each of the 3 books needed and the program’s supplemental materials from JustFaith. Participants receive online and hard copy access.
JustFaith Faith and Racial Equity RegistrationPlease submit this form to register for Risen Savior's "Faith and Racial Equity: Exploring Power and Privilege" small group. Registration fee is $50 which may be paid via check made out to Risen Savior with "JustFaith" in the memo line, credit card in the office, or cash in a marked envelope with your name and JustFaith Registration clearly written. Registration fees due Sept. 1st. Contact Grace Koleczek, Adult Faith Formation & Social Justice Coordinator, with questions. firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-698-1724.
Discussing Sister Joan Chittister’s The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully. Scroll down for registration form.
When: Wednesdays August 3rd through September 7 from 2-3:30pm. Come to as many as your schedule allows!
Where: Risen Savior Bays (except on Aug. 10th when we’ll meet in Resurrection Hall)
What: Join us as we discuss and reflect upon chapters from this book and share our experiences of the ‘gift of years’ and our faith.
Description of the book: Not only accepting but also celebrating getting old, this inspirational and illuminating book looks at the many facets of the aging process, from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises. Central throughout is a call to cherish the blessing of aging as a natural part of life that is active, productive, and deeply rewarding. Perhaps the most important dimension revealed lies in the awareness that there is a purpose to aging and intention built into every stage of life. Chittister reflects on many key issues, including the temptation towards isolation, the need to stay involved, the importance of health and well-being, what happens when old relationships end or shift, the fear of tomorrow, and the mystery of forever. Readers are encouraged to surmount their fears of getting older and find beauty in aging well.
Obtaining the book. Participants may order their own books (we encourage you to order through a used book source, local store, or the library!). Orders through Risen Savior were due July 13th.
Led by Pastoral Care Minister, Chris Sorensen, and Adult Faith Formation/Social Justice Coordinator, Grace Koleczek.
Registration Form: Summer Read "The Gift of Years"
Jerome “Jerry” Simondet passed away on March 3, 2022. His funeral will be held at the Church of the Risen Savior on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation at Church of the Risen Savior one hour prior to the funeral.
Burial will take place at 12:30 p.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Recently, our staff received information from the Dakota County Community Development Agency on the following programs. Click the download button for whichever program you’d like to learn more about or visit the CDA website directly at www.dakotacda.org.