Explore the mystery of the labyrinth

Many know that St. John’s has its own labyrinth garden. But how much do you know about labyrinths and the role they can play in our spiritual life?

Barrie Carter Gibby

Join us at 9:30 a.m. (Central) Saturday (Oct. 24) on Zoom for an online workshop, “Wisdom Path: An Embodied Journey on the Labyrinth.” Certified labyrinth facilitator Barrie Carter Gibby will lead the session, which St. John’s is sponsoring.

Here is a description of the event: “This live on-line workshop offers an opportunity to experience the mystery of the archetype of the labyrinth. Through poetry, music, gentle movement and imagery, we will explore how this ancient tool can be a resource for spiritual practice as we seek to live open-heartedly during these unsettling times.”

History, slides, resources and seed patterns for take- home designs will be included. Downloadable finger labyrinths and other information will be sent in advance to those who request them.
For more information or to request advance information, please contact Rev. Rachel Bauman, 831-566-0353 or pastor@stjohnsmadelineisland.org. (The Zoom meeting link is above but copied here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85492180179.)

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Back from the Brink


Rev. Rachel and Joe Scarry traveled to Milwaukee last year to attend the 2019 national convention of the United Church of Christ. Joe, a social justice activist, was one of the presenters of a resolution that the assembly passed, supporting a nuclear disarmament campaign called “Back From the Brink.”    

As we remember the first use of atomic weapons against people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago, we hear two readings during worship on August 8. The first is the story of Jesus calling people to help him change the world. The second is a letter from peace workers in Hiroshima (reprinted below) to all of us in the UCC who are supporting the effort to pull “back from the brink” of nuclear war, here and now. Joe is providing the August 8 sermon, entitled, “Hearing the Call, Daring to Hope.”


St John’s Social Justice Book Club to Discuss “How to Be an Antiracist”

First and Third Wednesdays of the month (August 5 and 19) 5– 6pm via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83486283738

The first meeting of the St. John’s Social Justice BookClub took place on July 1 and we discussed Ibram X. Kendi’s book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. There was extreme interest in this topic, and the group decided to meet a second time in mid-July to further explore the ideas in this book. A third meeting, at the end of July, transitioned from the discussion of Stamped to an exploration of a second book by Dr. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist.

Meetings are the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 5 pm. The meeting will take place on Zoom. See the St. John’s calendar on Events page for full details of the plans for the August 5 and 19 meetings.

Church Holds Annual Meeting Online

Members of St. John’s United Church of Christ on Madeline Island joined Rev. Rachel Bauman and other leaders at the church’s annual meeting, held by online video conference July 26.

Members heard updates on church work in the past 12 months and reviewed a proposed budget for 2021. Church Council President Debbie Knopf shared information about how the church and the congregation have responded amid COVID-19 concerns that have kept the church from holding in-person services and meetings since spring. Members in attedance approved the Annual Report as well as the proposed budget.

A recording of the annual meeting is available for review. For more information or to share thoughts, please email pastor@stjohnsmadelineisland.org.