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
The Rev. Meghan Gage-Finn leads the first of a two-part class about the life and ministry of Westminster and the meaning of membership. Continental breakfast is provided. Child care is available in the nursery (infant through age 3).
The Rev. Meghan Gage-Finn concludes a two-part class about the life and ministry of Westminster and the meaning of membership. Continental breakfast is provided.
Welcome to Westminster Church Tour & Stewardship in the City: Gather as a group to learn more about the art, architecture and legacy of Westminster, plus the impact of stewardship at Westminster.
Get to know other new members at a casual potluck dinner at the home of Beth and Tim Hart-Andersen
New members are welcomed by the congregation during the 10:30 am worship service.
“I accept Jesus Christ as my savior; I trust in God as sovereign over all creation; and, I rejoice in the sustaining power of the Holy Spirit. Accepting my responsibility as a member of Westminster, I will strive to be faithful in worship attendance, to nurture my faith, and to find some definite place of usefulness in the mission of the congregation. Acknowledging that all we have is a gift from God, and responding to God’s grace and love, I will be a faithful steward, and I promise to give regularly of myself and my resources to the ministry of Westminster.”Read More
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.
A Gift of Love features works from a significant gift of art given by James Quentin Young and his wife, Joyce. Young’s work should be familiar to those who frequent Westminster’s building. He collects broken, discarded, and curious objects and assembles sculptural crosses that represent our broken lives and the way we are restored through Christ’s redemption.
A degree from Macalester College and an MFA from the University of the Americas in Mexico City prepared Young well for a career of teaching art. His earlier student work includes drawings, paintings, and prints depicting Christian themes and stories. His Mexican work from 1962-1963 became darker in style and theme as he learned to paint without white pigment. The crucifixion and the events of Passion Week are prominent in this phase. Later in his teaching career, crosses became his focus.
The Westminster Gallery has hosted three exhibitions of his more recent works since 2004, and his crosses are prominently installed throughout the church building. We had 11 of his crosses in the Westminster Collection previous to this generous gift that includes several dozen sketches, drawings, and prints; six framed paintings on canvas or panel, and; 47 crosses and other sculptural pieces.
The exhibition A Gift of Love incorporates his earliest work, his Mexican period, and current work, and is drawn from this recent gift. This collection will be dedicated on Sunday, April 26, at 11:45 in the Heller Commons.
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