About Tree of Life Lutheran
Tree of Life is a new faith community gathering in the North Loop neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis. We get together three times a month for evening worship, dinner, service projects and conversations about faith and daily life (though we usually don't do all that at once!) Our focus is on relationship, beauty, spirituality, healing and making a difference in our community. We believe in taking the Bible seriously but not always literally, that every person is made in the image of God, and that God is active in our lives and world.
Since we're just over a year old, we have evening worship once a month on the first Sunday, gather for something else (service projects, yoga night, Christmas party etc.) on the third Sunday evening, and have dinner and conversation at the Freehouse under the name Tuesday Topics on the second Tuesday.
Evening worship is acoustic and a little old-fashioned, interactive and contemplative (we light candles, read poetry and scripture, sing, pray, have silence and communion), and always followed by dinner together. Third Sundays are more casual evening get togethers and always include snacks.
As a community we have made the following commitment:
“Tree of Life welcomes people of all gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, races, nationalities, economic statuses, and immigration statuses. We value a broad range of faith experiences and secular worldviews. We wish to advocate for and be stewards of our community and environment. We believe that all people bear God’s image and are created to be in diverse community with one another.”
Marissa Sotos has been pastor/mission developer for Tree of Life since June of 2016. She loves the energy and creativity of the North Loop, and getting to be part of this new little community called Tree of Life. Marissa holds a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from St. Olaf College and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, but originally came from Monrovia, CA where she grew up in a fundamentalist sect. After half a decade of atheism and flirting with Buddhism, she fell in love with the Lutheran church's focus on grace, care for neighbor, constant reformation and embrace of paradox. She and her wife Maggie enjoy reading, camping, crosswords and hanging out with their grumpy geriatric dog Luchi.
Zach Busch holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Luther College and a master’s degree in sacred music from Luther Seminary. Aside from his musical work for the church, Zach maintains an active schedule as a collaborative pianist and as a tenor in the National Lutheran Choir. He has served at Woodlake Lutheran Church in Richfield, Minnesota, and as a chapel staff musician at Luther Seminary. Zach is currently the Minister of Worship and Music at University Lutheran Church of Hope, as well as creating and leading worship with Tree of Life. He grew up in Delafield, Wisconsin.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Minneapolis Area Synod
Central Lutheran Church
University Lutheran Church of Hope
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