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
Join Diana Butler Bass, a prophetic church historian and an authority on trends and movements in the church and culture, for a fascinating exploration of spirituality and religion.
Some people—oddly enough, many church people—are wary of spirituality and religious experience. Yet many North Americans say they are more interested in connecting in a meaningful way with God than in going to church. What is the disconnection between spirituality and religion about and how might communities of faith address it? What does it mean for the church to be spiritual and religious?
Following the morning lectures, participants will enjoy a box lunch and reflect with Diana on the issues, concerns and hopes raised in the presentations.
Adult Education Hour | Sunday, September 21, 9:15–10:15 am | Great Hall
Diana will discuss the profound changes North American religion has undergone in the last decade. What are the real stories behind the shifts, and what does the spiritual weather say about the climate for faith in the future?
Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of eight books, including Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening; The Practicing Congregation: Imagining a New Old Church; A People’s History of Christianity: the Other Side of the Story. Diana consults with religious organizations, leads conferences for religious leaders, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues. She regularly comments on religion, politics, and culture in the media including USA Today, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR. From 1995 to 2000, she wrote a weekly column on American religion for the New York Times Syndicate. She is a contributing editor for Sojourners Magazine.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.
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.
Westminster members have been having fun, and the art that they have created for this summer’s exhibition proves it. The construct of Where in the World has inspired them to take us to their favorite places around the world and into their own imagination.
The Westminster Gallery is excited to present an exhibition of art created by middle school students through Banyan Community, one of Westminster’s community partnerships. Young people gather each year to paint a collection of individual pictures and a group banner around a common theme working with artist, Anne C. Brink.
The Westminster Gallery, which opened in September 2002, 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
Will Scientific Knowledge Completely Replace Religious Faith within 100 years?
Through a new organization called The Minneapolis Multi-Faith Network (MMN), we are working alongside other downtown Minneapolis religious communities on some of the most pressing social justice matters this city is facing. This multi-faith network builds friendships and opportunities to learn about others’ faith while participants pursue the common good together.
You are invited to participate in MMN’s free public presentations called “Voices of Faith” at the Breck School Cargill Theater in Golden Valley from 7:00-8:15 p.m on Monday, September 22. Clergy from diverse religious communities will respond to the question, “Will Scientific Knowledge Completely Replace Religious Faith within 100 years?”Read More