An engaged, urban partner sharing the good news with a world in need of God’s peace, love, and justice, Westminster has been a telling presence in the city since 1857.
With stirring worship services, beautiful traditions, and a progressive church culture, Westminster is a home for people of all ages and backgrounds to deepen their faith and make a difference in the world. The church offers ministries in adult, children, and youth education; music and the arts; and social justice, with a highly engaged congregation welcoming and caring deeply for all people within and beyond its walls.Read More
Noon: 30-minute Celtic worship service, Great Hall; followed by soup & salad lunch ($8)
5:30 pm: Dinner in the Refectory
6:15 pm: 10-minute family worship service, Chapel
6:30 pm: 30-minute Taizé-style prayer service, Great Hall
A service for children and families is offered every Wednesday in Lent from 6:15–6:25 pm in the Chapel. All are invited to take part as Westminster youth lead brief services of meditation and prayer. Enjoy a few moments of quiet time together between dinner, choir, and activities.
February 22 thru March 25
Sundays at 9:15 am, Tuesdays at 7:15 pm, Wednesdays 7:15 pm
Worship at 8:30 & 10:30 am
Holy Week begins with this service marking Jesus' return to Jerusalem. The service conveys both the triumphant entry and the shadow of the Passion. Includes special music by children and youth choirs.
Noon: Communion service, Chapel
7:00 pm: Meal & worship experience, Great Hall
We gather as disciples, serving and loving one another as we share in Christ’s peace.
Noon in the Sanctuary
Ecumenical service in the Westminster sanctuary, sponsored by the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, includes dramatic readings from the passion narrative and music by the Westminster Choir.
Quiet Worship in the Chapel, 9:00 am
Services at 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am
The Westminster Gallery exhibits and collects religious and secular art representing diverse ethnic and cultural traditions. We feature art from the Westminster collection, private collections, and from regional and nationally known artists who demonstrate the connection between art and how it informs our faith. The church has a long history of collecting and incorporating art into both worship and daily life. The Westminster Gallery opened in 2002.
At Westminster, we believe that art matters because it provides a communication tool between an artist or designer and the diverse audience that encounters the art. This encounter likely will generate thought, stimulate conversation, or evoke emotion.
Lent is a particular season of the liturgical calendar that is frequently more challenging than the rest of the year. We often don’t know what to think, or how to feel. We may be unsure of how to act. The great joy expressed on Palm Sunday with the triumphant arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem amidst shouts of “hosanna!” and the waving of palm branches provokes in the crowd a groundswell of enthusiasm. The other end of Holy Week climaxes with Jesus’ resurrection and the discovery of the empty tomb. This transition is met with skepticism at first, but it becomes a turning point in human existence, the moment of salvation.
The Lenten exhibition in the Westminster Gallery, Through the Darkness, tells the story of what happened between these two happy days. The week is filled with betrayal, condemnation, shame, and the ultimate suffering of a crucifixion on a cross. This painful progression of events takes Jesus and his followers along a path, which we follow in our corporate worship and in our personal meditation and contemplation. The art that illuminates this journey is dark and intimidating. The artists who create images depicting these events provide us with real and frank representations that may be uncomfortable and unpleasant to encounter. This is just what we need to ground us in the reality of how God takes us from joy through darkness, so that Easter morning may have real meaning for us.
In addition to the exhibition, you will find many crosses from the collection on view in the Great Hall display case. They are installed in a crowded, random fashion that echoes our experience. You may not know where to look first, or what to think, simply because there are so many and they are organized in what seems to be confusion. Find time in this contemplative season to engage with this powerful exhibition as we travel through the darkness to the joy of Easter.
The Westminster Gallery features approximately six exhibitions each year. The exhibitions during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter are based on those themes, but vary substantially from year to year. A summer exhibition generally features art created by Westminster members and friends, and is curated around a particular theme. The other exhibitions focus on a single artist, a biblical theme, or may be inspired by current events. The work of other artists is frequently exhibited in the Great Hall, and the public spaces of the building are filled with original art from the collection.Read More
Women of all ages are invited to join us on Wednesday mornings as we explore our faith while making new friends and reconnecting with others. We share coffee and conversation 9:00-9:30 am, Bible Study at 9:30-10:30 am, followed by a special presentation on the first Wednesday of the month from 10:45 – 11:45 am.
In 1961 Rhoda Brooks and her late husband Earle wrote a letter to President Kennedy offering their services in the newly formed Peace Corps. They served in the small fishing village of Manta, Ecuador, from 1962–64. They returned home with a love for the Ecuadorian people, two adopted children and a “zest for life that I don’t think I would have realized had I just stayed in Minnesota,” says Rhoda. They returned for a second tour of duty as co-directors in Chile with their four children and have maintained ties to the organization throughout the years.
Their co-authored book, The Barrios of Manta, published in 1965, recently has been updated for the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps and is available as an eBook thru www.untreedreads, at the library, or on Amazon. Rhoda will discuss why she believes the Peace Corps is still relevant today as an avenue for bringing cultures together in a peaceful way.
On November 4, 1979, Kathryn Koob was serving as the Director of the Iran-American Society and de facto Cultural Attache in Tehran, Iran. She was captured and held hostage for 444 days.
She will share with us about this life-changing experience and how her sense of humor, Lutheran faith and prayers sustained her during captivity. She believes this experience led to the development of her spiritual life and her ability to embrace her enemies without anger, bitterness, hatred, or resentment.
Kathryn holds degrees in speech, drama and theater and a Master of Arts in Religion from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. She was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters from Gwynedd Mercy College and Uppsala College. She spent more than 27 years in the diplomatic service, was a visiting professor at Wartburg College and is the author of Guest of the Revolution. She now enjoys retirement in Waterloo, Iowa.Read More
* “Before she died . . . ”—sharing an “isolated, mystical life,” . . . and her final gift,
* Marcus Borg’s latest and last book, Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most,
* “Sacred Space,” a meditative prayer walk within a contemporary labyrinth,
* “24-Hour Deep Breath,” a gently guided sabbath experience, plus
* many Lenten worship opportunities, “Ways of knowing . . .”—and more.
And, as late Winter turns into early Spring and the season of green growing things,
In Praise of the Earth
Let us bless
The imagination of the Earth...
The wonder of a garden...
The kindness of the Earth...
To Bless the Space Between Us
Thin Places is an ecumenical newsletter with a particular interest in the contemplative spiritual journey. "Thin places” is an early Celtic Christian metaphor for those times or places when the boundary between the sacred and the everyday feels “thin,” when God’s presence is more strongly felt.
On the third Saturday of each month, Thin Places also offers Quiet Worship, a contemplative service of sung prayers, Scripture, and silence.
Volume 82 (Mar/Apr/May 2015)
Volume 81 (Dec 2014/Jan/Feb 2015)
Volume 80 (Sept/Oct/Nov 2014)
Volume 79 (June/July/August 2014)
Volume 78 (March-April-May 2014)
Volume 77 (Dec 2013 - Jan 2014 - Feb)
Volume 76 (Sept-Oct-Nov 2013)
Volume 75 (Jun-July-Aug 2013)
All-Day Camp: $160 ($175 overnight)
Sibling Day Camp $135 ($150 overnight)
Half-Day Starter Camp: $60
Register early as prices go up after May 17!
Westminster’s Downtown Day Camp is a week of downtown fun for children kindergarten through fourth grade. Campers will enjoy art activities, stories, music and games, as well as explore the neighborhood around Westminster, parks and lakes of the greater metro area, and make friends in a relaxed and nurturing environment.
Children are supervised by church staff and trained counselors. For children who have completed 2nd grade, there is an overnight option for an additional fee and for children entering kindergarten in the fall there is a half day option at a reduced rate.
Middle School Trip
For: Youth completing 6 – 8 grades
Destination: NW Minnesota
Senior High Trip
For: Youth completing 9 – 12 grades
Destination: Detroit, MI