Events in the Wider Community

Celtic and Nordic Worship Services

Sunday Evenings at Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Celtic Contemplative Worship and Nordic Contemplative Evening Prayer are mainstays of Pilgrim’s Saint Clair Sunday Evening worship and events. These candlelight services, held from early fall until late spring each year, open doors to worship that embrace cultures and times beyond our own, feature vocalizations and acoustic music evocative of each theme, and highlight scripture and historic and contemporary poetry and prose.

All Sunday evening services are at 6:51 pm at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1935 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul. For more information, go to, or call 651-699-6886

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Hidden Beneath: Exploring the Bible's Subconscious

By the Rivers
Thursdays, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, and 5/12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
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Modern psychoanalysis has powerfully influenced the way we all think about the stories we tell and believe. We ask, "What is behind that?" or "What is the real story underneath?" We commonly accept the cornerstone of psychoanalytic thinking: the reality of a "shadow side" and "unconscious" aspects of ourselves. 

Is it worth asking whether biblical narratives have a "shadow side" or an "unconscious dimension?" However divinely inspired, the Bible is thoroughly an human expression of human realities. As such, it is open to the full spectrum of human inquiry. 

Together, we will wonder in a psychoanalytic mood about familiar stories in the Torah and the Christian New Testament. What may be "behind" or "beneath" them; what is defended against, buried, denied, suppressed; what is erupting inadvertently in the story? We will wonder also about the value of questioning in this manner. Did traditional rabbinic commentary intuit this line of questioning? What is the value of critical historical research into these stories? 

Taught by Rev. Dr. John Marboe & Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein. No prior knowledge required, open to all faiths.

Each session is $25. $90 for the series if paid at or before the first class. You can pay at the door by registering via email ( or online via credit card  or via check (address here).