The Evanston Center, a ministry of University Park United Methodist Church of Denver, has become a home for various world spiritual traditions. Our aim is to bring together leaders and students from a number of traditions to provide quality spiritual practices for wellness. We are committed to providing a sacred place where people gather to experience the healing power of the Divine. As an inclusive community, dwelling within the shared spaces of our building, some for brief encounters and others for long-term relationships, we hope to cultivate a spirit of welcoming and generosity through the mutual practice of respect and servanthood.
We are so glad that you are interested in exploring faith paths with us. Below are groups that meet in the Evanston Center for worship, instruction, meditation, and spiritual growth. In addition, we often host one time events with Shir Chadash and Jewish Voice for Peace.
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. starting June 19th
We believe everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view. Questions? Call Brad at 270.792.1181. We meet in the Sanctuary.
Thursdays at 7:00
Bridges International serves international students in Denver. We understand the joys and pains of cross-cultural living. We meet in Room 6.
Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
Cypress Community Church, led by Pastor Skylar Anderson is part of the Send Network. We are active in the community and offer hospitality from the moment you walk in the door. We meet in the Sanctuary.
College Group Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
We meet in Room 6.
Mondays at 2:00 p.m.
The Christian practice of centering prayer is a practice of intention and openness to the presence of God. This group meets for 20 minutes of centering prayer followed by a book study on "Invitation to Love" by Thomas Merton. We meet in the Sanctuary.
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Dharma Ocean offers training in the foundational aspects of mindfulness-awareness practice; the development of wisdom and compassion through working directly with the heart; and the recognition of the sacred world around us. The somatic practices of Meditating with the Body — the signature somatic emphasis of this lineage — are woven throughout all of the meditation practices taught in Dharma Ocean and provide the basic ground for discovering the openness, compassion, and vivid wakefulness of our lives. We meet in the Fireside Room.
Feminine Spirituality Group
3rd Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
St. Mary Magdalene Parish is a Parish of The Apostolic Johannite Church. There is a saying from a very long time ago that states that to be Johannite is to be Marian. The feminine has been lost from much of the Christian tradition for some time. This is not something that serves the world or those who feel isolated. Both men and women are invited to this ritual and discussion that revivifies the feminine back into the Christian Tradition and teaches the Western esoteric Tradition of the feminine. Walk-ins are welcome. We meet in the Sacred Study.
Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
The Forest Dhamma Meditation Group of Denver is a part of the Theravada Buddhist tradition of the Thai Forest Masters. Meditation instruction is available for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. All are welcome! We meet in the Fireside Room.
Wednesdays at 6:30 starting September 11
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before.
“Going to GriefShare feels like having warm arms wrapped around you when you’re shivering.”
GriefShare support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life. The cost is $20 for the workbook. Scholarships available.
Mondays at 6:00 p.m.
This weekly meditation group is rooted in ancient Buddhist tradition, but does not require you to be a Buddhist. The ancient practice can be helpful in deepening your own spiritual journey, regardless of your tradition. Mindfulness meditation is not directed toward getting us to be different from how we are, but rather, helps us become of aware of what is already true moment by moment.The time includes both instruction and meditation practice. Donations are welcome. Meetings are led by two long-term, well-trained practitioners.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
We have a replica of the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. It will be set up twice a month in the Sanctuary for you to come and walk anytime from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
Our desire as a church is to bring people into a growing relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, to connect people with one another in community, and to equip people to engage with the world, both locally and globally, for God's glory. We are currently teaching through the book of Galatians. Join us at 5 pm for coffee and treats, then worship and a verse-by-verse study through the bible at 5:30 p.m. We meet in the Sanctuary.
Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.
Would you like to learn to apply mindfulness to areas of your life like anxiety or depression, work, friendships, family, or difficult situations? In this weekly group, we will look at mindfulness and Buddhist teachings and how to apply them in order to increase our ability to live a more satisfying life. Each week also includes a class meditation. This group is led by Val Stepien, a licensed psychotherapist who has been teaching mindfulness and meditation classes since 2004. The course is $100 for four weeks ($25 per class). If you are unable to pay the listed fee, the cost can be negotiated. If you would like to sign up for the group or if you have any questions, please contact Val. We meet in the Fireside Room.
All the Pagan Sabbaths at 6:30 p.m.
Moon, Oak, and Sickle is an approved Seed Group with The Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD), also incorporating teachings from AODA, ADF, RDNA, AOD, OSC, and Keltria, and studies and practices Early Celtic Religions. Currently we meet on each of the quarter and cross-quarter festivals at 6:30PM.
Imbolc February 2
Ostara (Spring Equinox) March 19
Beltane May 1
Litha (Summer Solstice) June 21
Lughnasadh August 1
Mabon September 22
Samhain October 31
Yule December 21
The Order of the Temple and St. John
The Order of the Temple and St. John is a group of lay monastics who dedicate themselves to a more profound practice in the Christian Mystic Tradition. The Order is dedicated to daily practice in prayer/meditation, good works, and service in the Church at and around the altar. If interested please feel free to contact for more information. We meet in the Sacred Study.
Contact Bray for more information and meeting times - 303-507-2635.
St. Mary Magdalene Parish of the Apostolic Johannite Church
Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
St. Mary Magdalene Parish is a Parish of The Apostolic Johannite Church. This is a traditional mass rooted in the Gnostic Christian tradition and affirming path of the Holy Saints John. This is an open mass and community that does not discriminate but rather seeks through the tradition of Gnosis to help each individual connect with their own innate spiritual center. Believers in other faiths are also welcomed and embraced. We meet in the Sacred Study.
Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
University Park UMC is our mother church. Located down the street from the Evanston Center at 2180 S. University Boulevard, Rev. Dr. Valerie Jackson leads this progressive congregation in love uncensored and love unconditional. We are a congregation that celebrates being intercultural, inter-generational, inclusive, and interfaith. Allow us to welcome you home!