St. John's is the downtown Episcopal Church in Boulder, Colorado. We are an inclusive, Christ-centered community reaching out to all who are seeking a deeper spirituality and relationship with God and one another. Our congregation is made up of people of every generation who come from a wide variety of backgrounds - families, children and youth are rapidly growing in numbers. We are formed and strengthened through a variety of worship services, traditional music, contemplative prayer, spiritual and social justice formation programs, as well as meaningful service within the parish, the local community and in the larger world.

 Solas - Entering AutumnSolas-Sept2014

On September 21, Sunday, at 6 pm St. John’s Episcopal Church will offer its fourth event of Celtic music and ritual in the tradition of Celtic Christianity. The theme “Entering Autumn” lifts up the Autumn Equinox and highlights the ancient living trees. The ritual at St John’s is called “Solas” [SUH-les] and is drawn from the Irish word meaning light, beacon, assurance, and solace.

This gathering at the Church on 1419 Pine Street will celebrate the beauty of trees as the colors turn to golds, glistening yellows, russets, fiery oranges and rich browns.  Celtic peoples have long valued trees and experienced their own spirits growing as they connect with the gifts that trees offer. Inspiration will be offered by images of ancient living trees and the opportunity to lift up one’s heart in thanksgiving by placing leaves into clear bowls of water and hanging paper leaves with our thoughts onto bare tree branches. Sacred and poetic readings, such as “When I am among the Trees” by Mary Oliver, will be shared along with time for reflections. Hearts will dance to the artistry of Celtic musicians as they lead us through the entire event. Afterwards, everyone is invited for a simple meal.

The Solas event and meal are free and open to the public. All are welcome and received as friends. May we be blessed by this ancient Celtic poem:

May you stand like a tree
planted by a stream,
bearing fruit in season,
your leaves never fading,
your yield always plenty.

View a full flyer of the event here and listen to a Gaelic song sung by Beth Gadbaw by clicking on the audio clip below. Bring a pen or pencil for you to write your thoughts or prayers on the paper leaves. Also, put on your calendar that the next Solas event is December 7. Looking forward to welcoming each of you!

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Thank you Habitat Builders


A sincere thank you to Tim Chunn, Marcia McMichael, Jennifer Gamblin, Mike O'Kane, Sandy and Ben Ramsey, Jan and Jerry Dewlen, Kathy and Bill Ashworth, and Andy Harrington who spackled, cleaned, tiled, built baseboards, and painted the new Habitat for Humanity three plex in North Boulder on Saturday, Sept. 13th.  It was a beautiful day to build hope!!    See more pictures here.

Join Flatirons Habitat for Humanity as they build in Guatemala!flatirons habitat

Please consider joining in on this life-changing experience of making a difference through Habitat's mission of building hope, in Guatemala!  We will be building two homes in the town of Xela, northwest of Guatemala City, between February 28th and March 8th.   An information session will be held Monday, October 6 at 7:00 pm at The Brewing Market at 2770 Dagny Way, Lafayette.  
For information about this session or the Global Village trip, contact Kathy Ashworth at 303-589-4785 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR Catherine Ballance at 303-447-3787, Ext. 230 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Fr Ted ChefHelp Fr. Ted Win the Trophy

Holy Smokes!  Starting this Sunday, Sept. 21st, St. John's will begin its Voting with Dollars Campaign for our team, in support of their participation in the Holy Smokes Faith Builder's Cook-Off, to benefit Flatirons Habitat for Humanity.  Our church's team will be preparing St John’s Holy Molé Chili , which will be sampled by about 300 people who will attend the event on Saturday, October 11th at Broomfield United Methodist Church.  The church who raises the most money through Voting with Dollars - before and during the event- will win the People's Choice Award.  Our goal is to raise $1000 and help Father Ted win the trophy!  Show your support by placing your dollars in the Holy Smokes paint can located outside the Chapel or Big Church on Sept. 21st and Sept. 28th.  Tickets are available at the event. 

eclipsing empire seminarEclipsing Empire:

Paul, Rome and the Kingdom of God

 Join preeminent New Testament scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic  Crossan on location in Turkey as they trace the Apostle Paul's footsteps throughout the Roman Empire. This 12-session DVD and web-based study explores fresh insights into Paul's message of the Kingdom of God, its challenge to Roman imperial theology, and the apostle's radical relevance for today. Filmed in high definition across Turkey, Greece, and Italy. Participant Guide written by John Dominic Crossan.

When:  7:00 pm Wednesdays, starting September 17th

(Optional potluck supper @ 6:30 3 x /month)

Where: St Francis Room, St John's Boulder

Facilitated by: Bill and Kathy Ashworth  720-352-6456      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


End-Of-Life Planning Seminarsend-of-life

The St. John’s Legacy Ministry is sponsoring a set of end-of-life planning seminars to be held in the parish hall following the 9:30 a.m. service September 21st and 28th, October 19th and 26th. Topics will include leaving your legacy, planning for medical care, transferring property at death, and funerals. For more information, contact Kathy Ashworth, 303-589-4785 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Bob Morse, 303-888-1603 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Through The Darkness, Into The LightMaggieCox

Maggie Cox is a survivor of a ritual practice still alive today, damaging the lives of children and adults alike.  Her experiences include emotional, spiritual, sexual, and physical abuse.  Fear was such a part of her life that she didn’t know when she was afraid.  This weekend Maggie will show you how to move from fear to faith — faith in the Divine in you.  

On Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11, St. John's will host a seminar presented by Maggie.  For more information, including registration information, click here.


boho-logoPurple Squirrel Concert to Benefit BOHO

Purple Squirrel with special guests Robert Johnson and Lisa Bell announce a benefit concert for BOHO (Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow).  The concert will be on Thursday evening, October 2, at 7:00 PM at Cornerstone Church (1190 S. Lashley Lane).  Purple Squirrel plays a rare breed of instrumental music, infused with modern jazz, rock, funk and blues influences and has played for BOHO’s guests at our Emergency Warming Centers.  The concert will be a time to remember that winter is coming, and to hear about BOHO’s plans for emergency winter shelter for Boulder’s homeless residents.  Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at www.boulderboho.org or at the door. Refreshments will be available.   See a concert flyer here.