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Upcoming Events at St. John's:

The Wisdom of the Desert: The Recovered Stories of Early Christianity

A 4 week seminar

"If you bring forth what is inside,
What is inside of you will save you.
If you do not bring forth what is inside of you,
What is inside of you will destroy you"

-The Gospel of Thomas (c. 50 AD)

Wisdom of the Desert: The Recovered Stories of Early Christianity

Wednesday Evenings in May at 7 pm

May 23: The Gospel of Philip


Pentecost Celebration:
Celtic Evensong followed by a Labyrinth Walk 

Sunday, May 20
5:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary followed by the Walk in Cram Hall

Join Kayleen Asbo and friends for a contemplative evening of poetry, Medieval music, Taize chant and meditation on the theme of compassion. Music will include pieces by Hildegard of Bingen, world chant and pilgrim music from the Camino Santiago; poetry of John O'Donohue, David Whyte, Naomi Shahib Nye and Rumi.

$20 suggested donation, no one turned away.


St. John's Benedictine Study Group

Saturday, May 26
In the Sanctuary

Join us as our contemplative Benedictine Study Group continues with Laurie Warren and 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.

Join Benedictine Study Group members in studying “Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict,” by Esther de Waal, described as “an excellent primer on incorporating contemplation and prayer into everyday life.” More information on it can be found on our diocesan website: Interested in learning more about Benedictine Spirituality or Rule? Visit the Friends of St. Benedict website:

Everyone is welcome-please let us know if you will join us. For more information, contact Laurie Warren:


Petaluma Contra Dance

Sunday, June 3
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, June 15 
7:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

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


Sacred Circle Dance

Wednesday, June 20
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.



Is on break until September 7

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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