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A Morning of Midrash

  • Awaken Community Church 506 View Street Saint Paul, MN, 55102 United States (map)

A Morning of Midrash

with Alan Ullman, Stephanie Spencer, and Lisa Adams   

Have you ever read a scripture passage and thought, "Huh? What? Wait." Are there Bible stories you've read so many times you're sure there's nothing left to see there? Or perhaps you have a hard time finding the Bible interesting so it’s been gathering dust on a bookshelf.

Then this morning is for you.

Join us for a few hours of interactive study, music, and conversation that could open scripture to you in ways you never expected. Alan and Stephanie will lead us in the ancient Hebrew practice of midrash — a way of studying scripture that keeps us deeply rooted in the text while leading us into an expansive array of questions. Lisa will moderate the conversation.

This is a safe place for anyone who's searching, seeking, or curious, and we'd love to have you join us. The morning is hosted by 40 Orchards, a nonprofit dedicated to the practice of midrash and its transformative power in sacred community.    

Alan Ullman is an itinerant Rabbi who resides in Boston and has been teaching Scripture to adults around the world for more than 20 years. He is respected and loved for the ways he sees people (He’s virtually impossible to beat in a game of eye-contact chicken!), and he’s helped so many read the Bible with a different lens. He has been instrumental in helping us learn that questions are good.

Stephanie Spencer is a former pastor who loves to shepherd people and who now does so as the 40 Orchards executive director, leading seeking communities through the practice of midrashs. She’s an insatiable question-asker (She has been accused or ruining people’s lives with that trait!), and she adores the chance to learn and wrestle in community. 

Lisa Adams is a 40 Orchards teacher and former 911 dispatcher, business analyst, and church leader. She keeps 40 Orchards running as its associate director, and brings her diverse set of gifts and experiences into how she teaches and loves people. (Her hugs are unparalleled!) Lisa is passionate about hearing the voices of people who are marginalized, and she’s currently working on bringing 40 Orchards Scripture Circles into the prison system.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Please bring a Bible (whatever version you would like) and a mug for coffee, tea or water!