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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

CALLING ALL QUESTIONERS!

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Bible*
*but were afraid to ask…

Once-a-month presentations Oct-May (video for the time being) by Pastors Lose and Ruud. Optional small group discussion.

Pretty much everyone has questions about the Bible. And not just questions like, “what does this mean?” but deeper, more searching questions like, “Is this true?” But, somewhere along the line, we’ve been taught not to ask those questions. Or even that such questions are unfaithful.

Throughout the Church’s long history, some of the most important insights have come from some really big questions. St. Augustine had a very hard time believing stories like Jonah and the whale and wondered who in the world believed this book? Martin Luther wondered whether he could ever worship, let alone have faith in, the God that Scripture described?

Augustine, Luther, and so many others, were willing to ask some HUGE questions about the Bible. And that’s what we’re going to do this year at Mount Olivet: ask some really big questions we’ve probably all thought about but maybe were afraid to ask, and see if we can come up with some equally good answers. Join us. It will be, I believe, both encouraging and thought-provoking to wrestle with these questions together and… it might just give new insight into the Bible, God, and your life in this world! ~ Pastor Lose and Pastor Ruud

Registration Info:

This year-long class is the Living the Message Bible Study. If you are already in a Living the Message small group, you will automatically be sent the video and questions the first Tuesday of the month (except for 10/13 video). If you are new, please register here.

Have Questions? Contact Katie Stevenson at 612.767.2232 or by email.

Adult Education Videos

Watch and Learn!

Learn what the Bible has to say about hell (spoiler: not much!)… come to know and understand one of the most written about Kings in the Old Testament (flawed, but faithful!)… and catch up (and then perhaps join!) the Living the Message series where Pastors Ruud and Lose are talking about and challenging us to ask questions (faithfully and honestly).

Journey through Hell – Click Here for the Study Guide

Rally in the Valley – A Study of King David

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

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.

America’s Original Sin Zoom Book Discussion
Tues, 12/15; 7-8pm
Pastor Dixon invites you to join him for a Zoom book discussion on America’s Original Sin, by theologian and journalist, Jim Wallis. Register here. This class was postponed in September — if you registered for that class, you do not need to register again. 

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:

December 9 – Bethlehem by Karen Kelly
January 13 – Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
February 10 – American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
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 katies@mtolivet.org 612.767.2232

For more information about Book Discussions, contact Katie Stevenson at 612.767.2232 or by email.

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.