Wednesday LIFE Talks
6:30 – 7:15 pm – Sanctuary

Join us during 2021-22 at LIFE U (Living In Faith Everyday) as we focus on four life-giving practices of abundant living.  LifeU is a year-long series of adult education courses presented by renowned national and international speakers, designed with you in mind to grow deeper in faith.  All courses are free of charge – community welcome.

This year we’re presenting a series of LIFE Talks on Wednesdays – both in person and online! Click below to earn more about the speakers in this year’s LifeU curriculum!  Please note: Pandemic protocol and other unforeseen events may affect our schedule.

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October 2021: We engage in worship and prayer

October 20 – The Transformational Power of Corporate Worship
Presenter: Sara Renner

Sara Renner is a nationally known recording artist and Director of Contemporary Music at St. Andrew’s.

October 27 – @BlackLiturgies
Presenter: Cole Arthur Riley

Cole Arthur Riley

Writer and Founder of Black Liturgies

Cole Arthur Riley is a writer, liturgist, speaker seeking a deeply contemplative life marked by embodiment and emotion. She is the founder and writer of Black Liturgies, a project seeking to integrate concepts of dignity, lament, rage, justice, rest, and liberation with the practice of written prayer. 

She currently serves as the Content and Spiritual Formation Manager for a center for Christian studies at Cornell University called Chesterton House. In her work, she produces and curates content to guide others into deeper musings and embodiment of the faith. At present, Cole is concerned with topics of dignity, lament, belonging, justice, rest, and liberation. Some thinkers who have formed her include, James Baldwin, Thomas Merton, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Julian of Norwich.

November 2021: We tend to Scripture

November 3: Lies My Preacher Told Me 
Presenter: Dr. Brent Strawn

Dr. Brent Strawn

Professor of Old Testament; Professor of Law at Duke Divinity School

Professor Strawn’s research focuses on ancient Near Eastern iconography, Israelite religion, biblical law, the Psalms, poetry, and Old Testament theology. He joined the Duke Divinity School faculty in 2019 and has a secondary appointment at the Duke University School of Law. Before that, he taught at Asbury Theological Seminary for three years and then, for eighteen years, at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he was the William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of Old Testament. Strawn has published over two hundred articles, chapters in books, contributions to reference works, and reviews. He is the author of What Is Stronger than a Lion? Leonine Image and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2005), The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment (Baker Academic, 2017), and The Old Testament: A Concise Introduction (Routledge, 2019). He has edited or coedited over twenty volumes, including The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law (Oxford, 2015), which received the 2016 Dartmouth Medal from the American Library Association for most outstanding reference work. Strawn is an ordained elder in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church and regularly speaks and preaches at churches across the country. He has appeared on CNN on matters ranging from Easter celebrations to Pope Francis to gun violence, and served as both translator and member of the editorial board for The Common English Bible.

November 10
Presenter: Dr. Michael Chan

Michael Chan has taught Old Testament at Luther Seminary for four years. 

Prior to his time at Luther, he spent a year at the University of Helsinki, Finland and in many of the world’s greatest museums (the Louvre, the Hermitage, the British Museum, and the Pergamon Museum) doing research for his dissertation (“The City on a Hill:  Tradition-Historical Study of the Wealth of Nations Tradition”). Chan did his Ph.D. work under the supervision of Dr. Brent Strawn at Emory University in Atlanta.

Chan has published articles, essays, reference entries, and reviews in journals such as the Journal of Biblical Literature, Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissensschaft, Jewish Quarterly Review, and Catholic Biblical Quarterly. His most recent publications include, “Joseph and Jehoiachin: On the Edge of Exodus,” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (2013), “Ira Regis: Comedic Inflections of Royal Rage in Jewish Court Tales,” Jewish Quarterly Review 103:1 (2013): 1-25, and “A Biblical Lexicon of Happiness,” in The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life (ed. Brent A. Strawn; New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 323-370. Chan is co-editing with Brent Strawn a volume of Terence Fretheim’s essays: God, World, and Suffering: Collected Essays of Terence Fretheim (Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, forthcoming).

November 17 
Presenter: Dr. Joy Moore

Dr. Joy Moore

VP for Academic Affairs & Academic Dean; Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary

An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Joy Jittaun Moore, Professor of Biblical Preaching, serves as Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Joy is an “Ecclesial Storyteller” seeking to encourage theologically framed, biblically attentive, and socially compelling interpretations of Christian Scripture in order to understand the critical issues influencing community formation in contemporary culture (all that means is she tells community-forming stories from the Bible as a follower of Christ!).

Dr. Joy focuses her research on understanding the stories behind the sound bites, examining how we use words to narrate the realities of our existence. Examining these interests in biblical studies, practical theology, homiletics, narrative hermeneutics and social media, she works with words to tell stories with a theological twist!

Prior to coming to Luther Seminary, she was Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. Dr. Joy established the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and served as Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at Duke Divinity School at Duke University. Previously the director of Student Life at Asbury Theological Seminary and chaplain and director of Church Relations at Adrian College, she has held pastorates in the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church. She has written for Sojourners magazine, Christian Century, Good News magazine, and Working Preacher. She is can be heard weekly on the Sermon Brainwave podcast

Moore has focused on cross-racial ministry in urban, rural, and suburban congregations. Her last parish, an African American congregation, served as a Help Center in Flint, Michigan during the Water Crisis. As a pastor, she has called local congregations to recognize their vocation of glorifying God as a peaceable community—practicing hope, hospitality, and honesty.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Moore’s desire to teach led her to earn a BA in Education and Mathematics from National College of Education (National-Louis University) in 1982 and an MDiv from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1989. A John Wesley Fellowship (2001-2005) from A Foundation for Theological Education enabled her to work on a Ph.D. in Practical Theology, which she earned from Brunel University/London School of Theology in 2007. She joined the faculty of Luther Seminary in July 2019 to teach Biblical Preaching.

Joy grew up in the American Midwest on Chicago’s southside attending Commonwealth Community Church, where she was spiritually formed and experienced a call to Christian Ministry. Professor Moore is currently President of the Wesleyan Theological Society and an avid fan of books by David Baldacci and John Hart. When not teaching, she enjoys traveling, watching episodes of NCIS, and reading. Currently, she is reading the works of Octavia E. Butler and Lord Jonathan Sacks. (and yes, she is fascinated by the Marvel Universe!)

November 24: Thanksgiving Eve Worship, 7 pm

Pastor Sarah Breckenridge

Sarah Breckenridge is Senior Executive Pastor at St. Andrew’s.

Come gather for our annual Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. Pumpkin bread will be served in the Atrium!

December 2021: Advent

Join us this Advent season as we tend to scripture and focus our hearts on the Great Expectations that we find in the Bible.

Come gather each Wednesday evening of December at 6:30 pm. We’ll come together for Advent Pause, a contemplative, candlelit worship service where we are invited to take a collective deep breath.

December 1: Advent Worship
6:30 pm

December 8
Advent Worship, 6:30 pm

December 15
Advent Worship, 6:30 pm

December 22
Advent Worship, 6:30 pm

January 2022: We share our faith story

January 5: Jesus, Jazz and Dessert Wine
Presenter: Alexus Rohne

Alexus Rohne

Alexus Rhone (affectionately known as “Lex”) is a writer, producer, artistic theologian and “revolutionary artist” devoted to candidly exploring the power of story through fiction, story-slams and page-to-stage productions. Passionately committed to “truth-telling,” Lex offers a compelling voice to people looking for authenticity and transparency. With over 20 years experience working in the private/corporate sector customizing workshops and branded events, and coaching creative and true, first-person storytellers for live events, her professional roster includes GANNETT/USA Today Network, Lutheran Hostel, City of Phoenix, and City of Dallas/Office of Arts and Culture. She works with a team of associate producers to coach, curate and harness the power of stories.

Lex holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a Bachelor of Journalism/Public Relations degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Follow her on Twitter – @UnshackledProd; IG – @Lex-unshackled; FB – @alexusrhone.

January 8: Guilt, Shame and Storytelling Workshop

Presenter: Alexus Rohne

Alexus Rohne

There’s the public narrative, and then there’s the truth. Why are we so ashamed to tell “the truth?”  Two reasons: guilt and shame.

Join us as executive storyteller/artistic theologian Alexus Rhone facilitates a guilt, shame and storytelling workshop, leading us to unpack our lived realities and loose the shackles of shame. Let’s heal our families, communities, nation and world by throwing off shame and wrapping ourselves in the power of our collective stories. Space is limited.

January 12
Presenter: Dr. Dianne Millis

Founder of Companions on a Journey at the College of Saint Benedict

Diane is a popular presenter, retreat facilitator, teacher, writer and program developed focused on spiritual formation through the use of personal stories and how they shape our lives. She is the founder of Companions on a Journey at the College of Saint Benedict and the Journey Conversations Project and teaches in the doctoral program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.  She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies and a Ph.D. in Family Studies from the University of Minnesota, with additional study in theology, spiritual direction, retreat direction and the practice of interfaith dialogue. She is the author of three books, including Re-Creating a Life and Conversation: The Sacred Art. 

January 19
Presenter: Rev. Andrea Roske Metcalfe

Pastor, Storyteller and Twin Cities Moth GrandSLAM Champion

Andrea-Moske Metcalfe is a pastor, writer and storyteller. She’s a three-time Twin Cities Moth StorySLAM champion, and winner of the 2017 Twin Cites Moth GrandSLAM. The founder of the PrayGround movement from her time as pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, she now serves as Interim Director of Children’s Ministry at Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis.

January 26
Presenter: Joe Davis

Joe Davis

Joe Davis is a nationally-touring artist, educator, and speaker based in Minneapolis, MN. He employs poetry, music, theater, and dance to shape culture. 

His work has been featured on BET, CNN, and VH1. He is the Founder and Director of multimedia production company, The New Renaissance, the frontman of emerging soul funk band, The Poetic Diaspora, and co-creator of JUSTmove, racial justice education through art. He has keynoted, facilitated conversation, and served as teaching artist at hundreds of high schools and universities including programs in New York, Boston, and most recently as the Artist-in-Residence at Luther Seminary where he earned a Masters in Theology of the Arts.

February 2022: We serve

February 2
Presenter: Pastor Veronica John of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania

Pastor Veronica John is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania where she leads two services, one in English and one in Kinyarwanda, but her service extends well into the week and into the wider community. To Veronica, faith in action is about God’s dream for a just world where all are fed.  She leads capacity building and training opportunities for women and girls, as well as other community development initiatives (including women’s entrepreneurship projects and feeding children in Rwanda), supported in part through gifts to ELCA World Hunger. She is currently completing her master’s in theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago through a scholarship with ELCA Global Mission.

February 9: Serving the Neighbor Courageously and Generously
Presenter: Grace Pomroy

Grace Pomroy

Grace Pomroy is a financial educator, speaker, and coach, currently serving as Director of the Stewardship Leaders Program at Luther Seminary. She frequently speaks, writes and blogs about empowering people to connect their money and their values to create a more fulfilling life. Grace is a Certified Financial Education Instructor and co-author of Embracing Stewardship: How to Put Stewardship at the Heart of Your Congregation’s Life.  She studied religion and mathematics at St. Olaf College and completed an M.A. in Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary. 

February 16
Presenter: Carlos Gantchoff, Director of the Community Resource Center

Carlos Gantchoff

Carlos serves as Director of St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center (CRC), leading a team serving families with basic needs and support, including housing, food and clothing. The CRC, an outreach ministry that started 10 years ago, is a tangible way for St. Andrew’s to serve our neighbors and community, with a particular emphasis on families experiencing homelessness. Carlos has worked for more than 30 years in organizations dedicated to young people and families, including schools, camps, and social service agencies supporting underserved communities. He studied elementary education at Arizona State University.