Grow in faith.  Serve the community.  Connect with peers from all generations

Hennepin Avenue UMC offers opportunities for young adults to grow in faith, serve the community in the name of God, and connect with peers and people from all generations. We are open to your ideas for groups and classes. Contact Rick Belbutoski, Director of Youth & Young Adults ( with your ideas and desires for new ways to create community.

An Overview of Young Adults Events

Cinema and the Street

Cinema and the Street is a three-month series for young adults starting in October. The first Saturday of the month, young adults are invited to log onto Zoom to check out a documentary on important social issues that impact our community and the world. Each documentary will be followed with an opportunity for discussion and an invitation to make a difference in the Twin Cities by sharing in service opportunities that correspond with that month’s topic. October’s documentary is “Push.” This 2019 documentary takes a look at our human right of “adequate housing,” and what’s behind the difficulty in finding an affordable place to live.

Gutsy Women of Faith

Gutsy Women of Faith is a new group for young women to grow in relationship, discuss issues of life and faith, and dive into topics of importance. This group will meet in various locations around the local church neighborhood on the second Saturday morning of the month. Questions? Contact Sonja Johnson at

Retreats and Field Trips

Each fall, we take a weekend retreat to Koinonia Retreat Center and have periodic on-campus events and field trips for young adults and their families.

Pub Theology

We meet once a month at a local brewery or pub for good drink, good company, and good discussion on a wide variety of topics. Read more about Pub Theology below.

3rd Sunday Worship

We make a concerted effort to attend and sit together during the Traditional Worship service at 10am on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

Mentor Meet-up

Once a quarter the Young Adult Ministry will host an event for all young adults paired up with a mentor to share an activity and grab some time to hang out. If you’re interested in learning more about having a mentor, please email the Young Adult Team at

See below for our upcoming events!

Contact Rick!

For more information about Young Adults gatherings, or to share ideas, concerns or questions, please contact Rick Belbutoski, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries.

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young adult events

Cinema & the Street:
Social Justice Learning & Action
October 2 @ 1pm

Moving from Education into Action

Move from education into action with this three-month series for young adults, “Cinema and the Street”. Beginning in October, the first Saturday of each month, young adults are invited to connect on Zoom to view a documentary together on important social issues that impact our community and the world. Following the documentary, we will reflect on what we learned and felt during the viewing and what we know from our own experiences. Two weeks later we will gather in person to make a difference in the Twin Cities by sharing in a service opportunity that corresponds with that month’s topic. 

October 2: We will watch the documentary “Push” (preview here) This 2019 documentary focuses on our human right of “adequate housing,” and what’s behind the difficulty in finding an affordable place to live. 

October 16: We will prepare a meal, serve, and eat with our neighbors staying in the shelter at Simpson Housing Services to connect with some of the people most impacted by the lack of adequate housing in the Twin Cities. Simpson Housing Services’ mission is to house, support, and advocate for people experiencing homelessness.

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Date: Oct. 2 @ 1pm
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Hennepin Hope:
The Podcast
Info Meetings
April 17 & 22

Young Adults at Hennepin are inviting other young people with a heart for social justice to explore issues of faith and racial justice through the planning, producing, and launching of a podcast.

The podcast will serve as a digital contribution to Hennepin’s growing digital presence and will be an important part of conversation about equity in Minneapolis and the country.

Those with interest in the project should attend one of two information sessions being held on Zoom–on Saturday, April 17 @ 11am and on Thursday, April 22 @ 7pm–to learn more about this exciting project.


Rick Belbutoski, Dir. of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, held a Facebook Live interview with renowned blogger, activist, and poet Hannah L. Drake on the Hennepin Avenue UMC Facebook page on Sunday, 10/25/20.
The conversation centered around the intersection of faith and social justice, and the role that everyone has to play in creating a better world.
Hannah L. Drake has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine and recognized for her work by First Lady Michelle Obama. Drake says “My sole purpose in writing and speaking is not that I entertain you. I am trying to shake a nation.”


Per recommendations from the Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Bishop, many in-person group meetings have been postponed. Hennepin Avenue UMC is committed to being a supportive presence in the lives of our community throughout the summer.
Rick is considering new options for virtual ways that we might safely gather this fall and winter. He is open to suggestions, so please share any and all ideas that you have:

New Dates Coming Soon

Experience this key entry point for young adults in the life of the church! Open to everyone 21+, this gathering is filled with spirited conversation about faith, world events, and life–all fueled by the tasty beverage of your choice. Pub Theology meets from 6-7 pm monthly at Sysyphus Brewing.

Invite a friend to join you, and learn more by reading more, below.

New Dates Coming Soon

Gutsy Women of Faith is a group for young women to grow in relationship, discuss issues of life and faith, and dive into topics of importance. This group will meet at a local coffee shop on Saturday mornings from 10–11am monthly.

Questions? Contact Sonja Johnson at


Adulting 101 is a fun casual way for young adults to engage in topics they care about. Each session features a topic expert, an opportunity to discuss the day’s topic, and chance to connect with other people with shared interests.

Adulting 101 will return in 2020 from 12:30–2pm in the Longfellow Room.

Pub Theology  |  Est. 2014

Since 2014, Pub Theology has been a strong Young Adult Ministry of Hennepin Avenue UMC.

This drop-in group of Hennepin members and friends 21+ gathers monthly to discuss faith, life, stress, family, and so on with a tasty beverage. It’s an excellent ministry for Millennials, Gen-Xers, Boomers, and the Silent Gen to get together and “talk God”. Bring a friend; new faces are always welcome! Read on to learn about our ground rules, format, locations, sample questions, and our schedule. Pub Theology is organized by Young Adult Ministry Director Rick Belbutoski.

As witnesses of Hennepin Avenue UMC, all participants are expected to be responsible if they choose to drink and it is the responsibility of each person gathered to hold each other accountable to this expectation; thank you.

What is the Pub Theology format?

Participants tend to arrive in those first few minutes, make an order if they wish, pick up a discussion sheet, and settle in for a good time. We typically kick off with a fun, low-stakes icebreaker question and then move into the Launching Pad. These are discussion questions and statements meant to get the ball rolling. Some questions are lighter in nature, others are as deep as it gets–it all depends on the mood of the group. In the last 10 minutes, we pick next month’s location together.

When does Pub Theology meet?

We meet on the third Wednesdays at 6pm.

What happens if no one shows up?

If no participants have arrived within 30 minutes of start time, the convener will cancel the event.

Where does Pub Theology meet?

The venue varies month to month. We choose the next meeting’s location during the last 10 minutes of the night.

Am I required to buy/consume alcohol at Pub Theology?


What is the United Methodist Church position on alcohol consumption?

Alcoholism and its effects on families and society is serious business and alcohol consumption must be taken just as seriously. From the Social Principles section of our UM Book of Discipline:

“We affirm our long-standing support of abstinence from alcohol as a faithful witness to God’s liberating and redeeming love for persons. We support abstinence from the use of any illegal drugs. Since the use of illegal drugs, as well as illegal and problematic use of alcohol, is a major factor in crime, disease, death, and family dysfunction, we support educational programs as well as other prevention strategies encouraging abstinence from illegal drug use and, with regard to those who choose to consume alcoholic beverages, judicious use with deliberate and intentional restraint, with Scripture as a guide.”

Read more about our Call to Action on Alcohol, our call to keep children and youth free of alcohol and drugs, and the full Social Principles statement.


Here’s a list of sample questions from the last few Pub Theology meetings. How do you respond? What other questions are you led to from here? Take a look…

  • Old Testament = Wrathful, angry God. New Testament = Loving, caring God. Too true or too simplified?
  • Is it better to be a person who is steadfast and unchanging or one who continually adapts and changes? What about God?
  • Do “thoughts and prayers” do any good? What are they for? How do you “do” them?
  • Which matters more to your faith: Christmas or Easter?
  • What is the earliest Bible story you learned?
  • What does church look like at its best? At its worst?
  • Jesus told his followers, “Do not worry about tomorrow, what you will eat or drink.” Is this good advice to give a single parent who is late on rent?
  • Do you judge the judgmental?