Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh

October 8 – Living Courageously

In Fall, we begin to face the longer nights as we leave the long days of summer behind. Many feel uneasy and yearn for the sunshine, afraid of what the encroaching darkness brings. Nicole Stanforth will share her journey with facing the darkness of depression and suicide. We will face the fear of mental illness and … Continued

October 1 – Let Them Read Poetry

Rita Dove Said, “If we’re going to solve the problems of the world, we have to learn how to talk to one another. Poetry is the language at its essence. It is the bones and the skeleton of the language. It teaches you, if nothing else, how to choose your words.” Today we will celebrate … Continued

September 24 – Shams and Rumi, Friends of our Souls, Part 2

What does it mean for us to support one another? How do we be friends to the soul? This Sunday we will look more closely at the story of Sufi Poet, Rumi and his teacher Shams as well as other models of friendship from well-known stories.


Life comes at us fast and we cannot guess what might change next. But a healthy awareness of who we are and an ability to be grounded in something larger than ourselves lets us meet what challenges come. This Sunday, Rev. Mitra and Adam Petersen, St. John’s amazing pianist, will offer a half planned, half … Continued

Aug. 13: Forming in Faith

God is said to have made Adam from mud and Eve from a rib bone. You and I were grown the old fashioned way, but once we are here, how do we become the adults we want to be? On this Sunday when we are celebrating our young adults, we will also celebrate the ways … Continued

May 7: Racism and Reality: Hard Conversations and Beloved Community

Our American history is laced throughout with racism from the insensible horror of slavery and genocide of First Peoples to the softer immigration policy-making decisions. We are all affected in some way by this history and its current manifestations. Sunday we will take a hard look at our involvement with the continuing story of racism … Continued