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Upcoming Events at St. John's

Regular Events (click on name for link to event on page)

Special Event

Sophia: Early Christianity and the Lost Feminine
A three part course by Daniel C. Morse and Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D

Tuesdays, 7- 9 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church
40 Fifth Street, Petaluma

April 23: The Historical Context of Early Christianity

April 30: An Introduction to Sophia (Wisdom) in early Christian texts

May 7:  Sophia in Alchemy: A Figure for Our Times

The feminine aspect of the divine, Sophia, has a deep presence in the Wisdom Hebrew texts of the Old Testament and was prominent in some of the earliest Christian writings. By the time the New Testament was largely established in the late 4th century AD, Sophia was all but lost within the outer teachings of the established church. Nonetheless, her presence continued to flourish, even to this day, as a source of inspiration within the lives and writings of Christian mystics. This 3-part workshop will look at how early Christianity evolved in the first few centuries AD  and will also investigate how she offers us a valuable way of stepping into our own personal process, with the help of the depth psychology perspective, alchemy and the life of Thomas Aquinas, for whom  Sophia  was particularly significant  As we rediscover the writings about Sophia, we will encounter why she is so significant for our times. 

$60 Early Bird for three part series
$30 per drop in class

Click here to purchase tickets.


Celebrate Bishop Barry


Saturday, May 11
5:30 - 8 p.m.

As you all probably already know, Bishop Barry Beisner is retiring this year, and the diocese has selected a new bishop who will take that position in June.  In the meantime, the Diocese is hosting 4 gatherings to say "so long" and Godspeed to Bishop Barry.

Petaluma's St. John's was chosen to host one of those gatherings for members of the diocese who choose to come to give their thanks to him, and wish him on his way.  As you know, Cram Hall is not huge, and we only have room for 120 people, so we hope you will RSVP soon!!  Reservations MUST BE made IN ADVANCE due to these space limitations, and since folks are coming from other churches, we don't want anyone who really wants to come to be left out.

SO -- PLEASE respond to this invitation as soon as possible before it is too late.  

There will not be a church service, but just a gathering with food and beverages -- something us Episcopalians do very well -- and there is no charge.  BUT, you do need to sign up, and sign up soon!!!

Click here to RSVP.


Regular Events

Benedictine Study Group

Saturday, May 11
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
In the Sanctuary

Join us as our contemplative Benedictine Study Group continues with members of the Benedictine Study Group leading the office of Morning Prayer with simple Taize chanting in the church sanctuary. We go to the library for fellowship; study of chapter one of Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict (see below); Lectio Divina; discussion of Benedictine Spirituality; and closing prayers.

More information on it can be found on our diocesan website: http://www.norcalepiscopal.org/seasonalresources. Interested in learning more about Benedictine Spirituality or Rule? Visit the Friends of St. Benedict website: www.benedictfriend.org/the-rule.html.

Everyone is welcome-please let us know if you will join us. For more information, contact Paul Mascovich at pmascovich@att.net.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, June 8.


Celtic Evensong

Easter Evensong
Date TBD
5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

A donation of $20 is requested.


Monthly Labyrinth Walks

Date TBD
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Please register through the
Veriditas website by clicking here.

Veriditas and St. John’s are partnering to offer community labyrinth walks. Come as you are to share in the experience of a walking meditation that quiets the mind, opens the heart and reduces stress. First-time labyrinth walkers are warmly welcome.

Live musical accompaniment by Robin O'Brien.
Facilitated by Brighid FitzGibbon.

Donations gratefully accepted.

Veriditas would like people to register for each event they will attend. 
Please click on the title of the event to link to their website.


Petaluma Contra Dance

Sunday, May 5
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Beginner's Lesson at 6:00 p.m.
In Cram Hall

Band: The Crabapples: Teresa Fife (bass), Marta Lynch (fiddle), Bob Silberstein (mandolin, piano, doumbek), Norm Cotton (piano)

Caller: Kelsey Hartman
Sound: Marty Brenneis

Prices: $10 NBCDS/CDSS-affiliate members; $12 non-members; $5 under 30, FT students w/ID, and financial hardship; $2 ages 6-17

Please note the dance is in the St. John’s Social Hall on C St. between 5th and 6th Streets by the parking lot.


Poetry Circle: Living Word | Creative Spirit

Friday, April 26
Note change of date for April.
7:30 p.m.
Note this new time will be for meetings in April, May and June.
In the Sanctuary

The Living Word/Creative Spirit Poetry Circle is on the third Friday of each month from September thru June.


Theological Reflections Circle

After the 10 a.m. Eucharist
Date TBD
In the Library

Fundamental questions posed by the riddles of our Humanity call out for us to seek understanding, to take time to ponder, contemplate and discuss.

Free From Dogma by Rev. Tom Ravetz, a book of theological reflections, will serve as basis for our discussion.

Larry Temple will facilitate this study,

All are welcome. For further info contact Larry Temple onezelf2@gmail.com or 707-628-9870.


Sacred Circle Dance

Wednesday, May 15
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
In the Parish Hall

No partners or experience needed.The circle is your partner and all dances are simple and taught first. Music comes from around the world. A donation is requested.



Friday, May 3
7:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

St. John’s has been hosting Taize services in Petaluma on the first Friday of the month since 2009. These candlelit services of contemplative chant and song offer participants an alternative worship experience to the traditional Sunday morning church service. The Taize service is ecumenical, providing a quiet space for spiritual communion with no preaching, no doctrine, just a calm environment for meditation and for song led by a cantor to the melodious tones of piano and cello.

A donation of $10 is requested, but not mandatory.





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