New Small Groups

Small groups are places to CONNECT – to grow closer to God, to connect with other people, and to share in a faith study or enjoy a common interest together. Learn more.

To find out more or to sign up for a group contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org, or register online here.

Book Discussion Groups on Racial Justice

Engage in dialogue on racial justice in a summer book discussion group. Select a book and discussion group from the list below. Each group of 6-12 people will meet weekly to discuss a section of the book in a conversation with a group leader. Order your own copy of the book and register ahead of time. Questions? Contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org. 

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin 

What is it like to live as a person of color in Minnesota? Sixteen Minnesota writers answer that question in this book. The Minnesota Historical Society describes this collection as “essays that discomfort, disorient, galvanize, and inspire all of us to evolve now, for our shared future.” 

When: Tuesdays, 10 – 11:30 a.m., July 28 – September 1
Where: Zoom (assistance available, paid subscription not needed)
Leader: Connie Aram
Register by email: armgeorg@aol.com  

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi 

How to Be an Antiracist is a combination academic treatise and memoir in which the author, Ibram X. Kendi, considers the different forms of racism in society and how we can best eliminate them, while also sharing his personal experiences with racism. 

When: Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m., July 28 – September 1
Where: Zoom (assistance available, paid subscription not needed)
Leaders: Nancy Stutzman and Kathy Ginsbach
Register by email: kathy.ginsbach@gmail.com  

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown 

Written as an “idea-driven memoir,” by a leading voice on racial justice, I’m Still Here is about growing up black, Christian and female. The stories of Austin Channing Brown bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric and racial justice. In a time when we claim to value diversity, I’m Still Here is an account of how and why our actions often fall short of our words. 

When: Wednesdays6:30 – 8:00 p.m., July 29 – August 26
Where: Outdoors at Incarnation
Leader: Anne Salo
Register by email: al.salo@hotmail.com 

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 

White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress and lowers their ability to tolerate racial stress. This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice. Details on this group are TBD. Contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org to find out more. 

New Small Groups

Zoom Conversation on Job Loss and Transitions 

Monday, July 20, 7 – 8:00 p.m. on Zoom 

Many people are walking through a job loss or transition in this time. If you are experiencing this, take an hour to informally connect with others in a one-time Zoom call, guided by Mike Styba. You will be with other people who are or have been in a similar place, facing the same questions and concerns. As part of the call, you’ll also heaabout the topics covered in a small group around job loss and transition (no obligation to join). To receive the Zoom invite, contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org. 

Renew Your Life: COVID-19 Version Small Groups

Engage with others in conversations and practices around how to renew, deepen and enrich your life. Based on the book, Renew Your Life: Discovering the Wellspring of God’s Energy by Pastor Kai Nilsenthese groups will explore how the Holy Spirit brings us renewable energy through grace, possibility, paradox, the natural world, relationships, fruitful work, and rest. Read short chapters in the book or watch the summer sermon series on-line, introducing each theme. The book is filled with stories that connect with our stories, while grounded in grace and God’s word in Scripture. Meet others and find place of renewal and growth this summer.

New for Summer 2020

Do the themes of Renew Your Life speak to this time of physical distancing, social isolation, loneliness, loss and all the life transitions resulting from COVID-19? What has shifted and what remains the same? Engage in conversations with a summer small group, meeting virtually or outdoors at Incarnation, to look more deeply at the themes and what they tell us about this new context. Short updates by Pastor Kai Nilsen have been added to the chapters, along with new discussion questions 

Groups will meet for only 60 – 75 minutesonce a week or every other week, for 6 – 7 sessions, starting in mid-to-late June and continuing into August. Take part in a summer group, whether or not you were in a winter Renew Your Life small group. Assistance available for getting started on Zoom (by computer, iPad or phone)  and a paid subscription is not needed. To register or for more information contact: dfloe@incarnationmn.org. 

Click here for the Renew Your Life: COVID-19 Resource page.

Renew Your Life: COVID Version - Evening
When: Tuesdays, 7 – 8:15 p.m., starting mid-late June 
Where: Zoom (assistance available)
Leader: Denise Floe

Faith and Social Justice 

Beginning in late July, there will be book discussion groups on one or more of the books that have been highly recommended. Contact Denise Floe to express interest. Watch for more information on this website and in the Sunday announcements. 

On-Going Small Groups – Looking to Welcome New People!

Express interest or register online for the small groups listed below.

Small Group: Couples

Twice a month on Thursdays from 7 – 8:30 p.m.  

Connect with other couples (ages 35-60 approximately) to talk about short videos from Everybody Always featuring Bob Goff. This group meets virtually on Zoom (no subscription needed). Participants will order their own participant study guide. Facilitator: Tina Zerrath. To register or find out more contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org. 

Faith On the Way to Work Small Group for Men

Twice/month on Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.

Get together with a group of men and start the week with a short faith study and prayer, before heading to work or other activities. The group meets at Incarnation and ends by 7:30 a.m. There is no homework, preparation or prior experience needed. Led by Tim Gray, the group is a chance to connect your faith with your life and start your week centered on faith. This on-going small group is looking to welcome new people. Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Sunday Small Group

Once/month on Sundays, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. For information on the Fall Sunday Small Group, contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Gather with others to watch and talk about a short faith study and video. This easy-to-do small group meets just once a month to connect with one another and take part in a guided conversation on a faith topic. It’s a great starting place if you’re new to small groups and a convenient way to take part in a small group before or after attending worship. This on-going small group is always eager to welcome to new people. Leader: Grant Rykken. Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

How do I sign-up?

Tell us you’re interested in a Small Group or register hereYou will receive an email to confirm your registration. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours, please contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org. 

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