2023 Summer Patio Series
Join the St. Michael's women for the Summer Patio Series, a time for small group connection and conversation! For five sessions this summer, small groups will read The Defiant Middle by Kaya Oakes.
Women are expected to be many things. They should be young enough, but not too young; old enough, but not too old; creative, but not crazy; passionate, but not angry. They should be fertile and feminine and self-reliant, not barren or butch or solitary. Women, in other words, are caught between social expectations and a much more complicated reality.
In The Defiant Middle, Kaya Oakes draws on the wisdom of women mystics and explores how transitional eras or living in marginalized female identities can be both spiritually challenging and wonderfully freeing, ultimately resulting in a reinvented way of seeing the world and changing it. "Change, after all," Oakes writes, "always comes from the margins."
Small groups will meet 5 times over the course of the summer on either Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday evenings. The small group sign up and discussion guides for each meeting will be listed below.
A kick-off party will be held on June 4th at 6:00 p.m. at Sue Thompson's home in Shoreview. Please contact the church office for the address.
How to join a small group:
- Use the SignUpGenius link to sign up for a small group or join a group at the kick off party. Small group sizes are intentionally small so that meaningful conversation is possible.
- Commit to your small group throughout the summer. Book reading is only part of the goal for this patio series - relationship building is the core of small groups, so prioritizing your group's meeting throughout the summer is essential!
Small Group Resources
St. Michael's ELCA is a Reconciling in Christ Congregation.