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Educational opportunities available at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church offers a contemporary worship service at 8:45 a.m.; traditional worship service at 11 a.m.
Education hour for ages 2 through adult at 10 a.m. All educational opportunities are free of charge.
Education topics for adults include:
• March 2, In the Image of God, Dr. Sara Evans, Regent Professor of History, U of M. The language we use to imagine God and talk about ourselves is deeply important. Our tradition has leaned heavily on masculine images (God as Father and community as brotherhood) with real consequences for the female members of the community. This talk will trace some of the important roles of women in church history, especially the links between women’s right activism in the 1970s and the emergence of feminist theology.
Many things have changed: the numbers of women in pastoral leadership have skyrocketed; denominations have rewritten hymnbooks to make them more inclusive; some churches use feminine and masculine metaphors for God. Yet change is controversial. We will discuss how deep the changes have been and what remains for us to do toward the goal of an inclusive church.
• March 9, Helping to Stop Violence against Refugee and Immigrant
Women, Teresa Llanas Villarreal. Teresa Llanas Villarreal is a victim advocate from Community University health Care Center or (CUHCC). She provides victims with information regarding legal process, resources, and investigation processes. She assists clients in filling protective orders, attends protective order and court proceedings, and seeks to provide emotional support for victims.
Her presentation will be about domestic violence against refugee and immigrant women. She will talk about why women stay, the barriers they face, myths and signs of violence, and the community’s role.
• March 16, Creating a Culture of Peace: Active Nonviolence, Joan Haan. What is active nonviolence? How do we practice active nonviolence as individuals and as a community? What are some steps and actions we can take to create a culture of peace within ourselves and as members of a culture and community? Is active nonviolence a spiritual practice? We’ll examine these questions through stories, conversation and exercises. Presenter Joan Haan is a trainer for “Creating a Culture of Peace.”