Good News for Ordinary People

Growing in Faith

Draw nearer to God by exploring the Bible and religious topics.  Express your faith in new ways through spiritual practices and small group discussion.  Adult Learning offers Bible studies, book studies, classes and events to deepen your faith and help you apply it to your daily life.

Bible & Theological Studies

The 2020-2021 Living the Message once-a-month series taught by Pastors Lose and Ruud centered on the topic, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Bible… but were afraid to ask.” We tackled and pondered and discussed questions like: What Is the Bible, Anway?, Is the Bible the Word of God?, and What About the Really Hard (or Weird?!) Parts? along with deeper dives into scripture. It has been both encouraging and thought-provoking to wrestle with these questions together with 600+ lifelong and new-to-bible study participants.

You can watch all 2020-2021 videos by clicking on the “Adult Education Videos” tab. And you are invited to join us next fall as we begin a new series. Watch for more information about the 2021-2022 series!

What Does “Lutheran” Mean? with Pastor Ruud

You might find this class interesting, helpful, and fun if you… are new to the tradition, are a life-long-learned Lutheran, took the class before, can’t remember your 8th grade Confirmation classes, or only know “Luther” as the villain in Superman comics.  Together we’ll examine core theological foundations of understanding God in Christ and how it functions for our daily life of faith. Led by Pastor Ruud.

Session 1 | Faith Alone: There’s nothing for you to do… No, but seriously… there’s nothing for you to do…seriously.

Session 2 | Saints and Sinners: Living the double life.  Resurrected daily.

Session 3 | Theology of the Cross: The power of God found in puny, weak, common, hidden things, and why we often seek something more.

Session 4 | Vocation: What to do, and what God does with you, now that there’s nothing to do, sometimes whether you like it or not.

This is a video-only series. Videos will be emailed to registered participants by 9am on Tuesdays, April 13, 20, 27, and May 4. You can watch whenever you’d like.

Register here.

Questions? Contact Katie Stevenson at 612.767.2232 or by email.

Conference & Retreat Center Offerings

Living Well, Leading Well

A five-part monthly series of virtual workshops promoting wholeness, wellbeing, and renewal in our personal and professional lives. Each workshop will be taught by specialists in the areas of counseling, biblical studies, peace-making, and pastoral ministry. See below for details about the final topics in this series.

Navigating Post-Pandemic Unknowns: Spiritual Discernment for Realistic Re-entry
Thursday, April 22, 6:30-8:30pm, $20, offered via Zoom.

When this pandemic subsides, life will change, but we are not going back to how things were. As we head from one unknown into another, there will be exhilaration and there will be grief.  Join Pastors Kara Root and Lisa Larges in exploring how to live with discernment, gentleness, and compassion in this transition. Together we will draw from a wellspring of spiritual gifts and practices to guide and sustain us in the months ahead. 

 Rev. Kara Root and Rev. Lisa Larges serve together as pastor and parish associate of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis), a community known for its creative practices of hospitality and Sabbath-keeping. Register here.

Healing Collective Trauma

Saturday, May 22, 9-11am, $20, via Zoom.

As we cope with the mounting losses, anxieties and uncertainties of our current pandemic, many of us feel like we are losing our footing.  Having some awareness of trauma and its impact on our personal, intergenerational, and collective lives can increase our self-understanding and compassion. Join us in exploring concrete psychological and spiritual tools for increasing resilience and finding hope and joy in the midst of pain. Led by Rev. Dr. Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, Professor of Pastoral Theology Emerita at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of an award-winning book, Bearing the Unbearable: Trauma, Gospel and Pastoral Care.  Register here.

Adult Education Videos

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Bible… but were afraid to ask! (Living the Message 2020-2021 series)

Gospel of Matthew

Journey through Hell – Click Here for the Study Guide

Rally in the Valley – A Study of King David

“The Story Behind the Nativity Story” with Pastor Lose

“The Story Behind the Seven Last Words of Christ” with Pastor Lose and Dr. Beverly Claflin.

Video #1 – Introduction
Video #2 – Words 1, 2, 3 & 4
Video #3 – Words 5, 6, 7 & the Chorale

Personal & Spiritual Growth

All in-person activities at Mount Olivet suspended until further notice.

Chair Holy Yoga: Meets Mondays & Wednesdays at the Mpls Campus from 12:15-1:15pm.

Spiritual Energy Healing: Meets Mondays in Room 457 at the Mpls Campus from 6-9:30pm. Learn how the combination of prayer, God’s power and the energy pathways in the body can reduce pain and promote healing. You will learn with experienced Healing Touch professionals who have helped many find relief from pain and illness. Underscoring the techniques is the firm belief that any release of pain or healing comes from God guiding them.

Book & Movie Discussions

In-person book discussions suspended until further notice. All are welcome to these upcoming online opportunities. For more information on all Adult Education offerings, contact Katie Stevenson at 612.767.2232 or by email.

Evening Book Discussion
This group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm. Currently the group is meeting via Zoom and is facilitated by Mary Slinde. New members are always welcome. The only requirement is that one loves to read! Upcoming books:

March 10 – Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
April 14 – Women of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele
May 12 – Have you Seen Luis Valdez by Catherine Ryan Hyde
June 9 – Dutch House by Ann Patchet

Register here or contact Katie Stevenson at 612.767.2232

LGBTQ Voice and Verse

LGBTQ Voice and Verse is an educational opportunity of communal study in love, support, and continued understanding of all aspects of gender identity and sexual orientation in faithful life together.  Through shared experience, discussion, and learning, the gathering seeks to build mutual awareness and insight in this particular reality of faith and life toward honor and love for all.  All persons with diverse viewpoints are welcomed and held safe at these meetings.  Discussions are held the second Tuesday of each month, 6-6:45pm in Room 208.

If you’d like more information about LGBTQ Voice and Verse, contact Pastor Ruud at 612.767.2261 or by email.

Career & Calling

Career & Calling offers Mount Olivet members and friends a faith-based arena for nurturing careers. Join us for quarterly events – like delicious hot breakfasts with thought leaders presenting topics like purpose, balance, and professional growth, or our annual summer event where we cheer on the Twins and our networking community. We are all about aligning our WHY and our work to share our God-given gifts with the world.