Who We Are

By The Rivers is a multi-faith and interfaith life cycle and learning center, designed for the unaffiliated and affiliated alike. We offer engaged learning in a welcoming environment. We are a gathering of master teachers and talented clergy who help individuals connect with their religious tradition, learn about other traditions, and participate in the community by bringing a greater understanding between faiths, and doing social justice work. 

What We Do

  • Teach classes on religious and spiritual aspects that affect us all. Our teachers are clergy and scholars from many disciplines
  • Officiate and celebrate with life cycle events in a wide variety of traditions
    • Perform weddings for all, including but not limited to, interfaith and LGBTQ.
    • Assist you in marking milestones, such as baby welcoming ceremonies, anniversaries, blessing of new homes.
    • Support you at times of loss with funerals and mourning rituals
    • Lead Premarital and spiritual counseling
  • Provide a regular interview podcast, exploring the people and events focusing on interfaith work in the Twin Cites. 
  • Organize for community service and social justice work, putting the shared values of our religious traditions into concrete action to improve our community and our world. 
  • Advise on curricula to help schools and organizations learn about  and work with diverse communities. 
  • Coordinate multi-faith community experiences, such as attending ethnic niche theater performances, book clubs, museum exhibits.


Our Riverboat Learning. Voices on the River II: The Power of Stories

Scenes from recent classes

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
— Frederick Buechner

Most recent Podcast: For this episode we bring you a recording of Rabbi Shavit-Lonstein’s brief presentation at the Nusrat Mosque in MN during Eid Al-Adha, a major Islamic festival celebrating the biblical story of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son as a demonstration to loyalty to God..

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Our current blog entry Won't You Be Our Neighbor? focuses on the challenge today; how do we define, and more importantly, treat, our neighbors. 

Past blog entries examine the pursuit of meaning through learning and asking good questions. 

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Rev. Dr. John Marboe at "Voices on the River 2015"ms.akr

Rev. Dr. John Marboe at "Voices on the River 2015"ms.akr

We are clergy and teachers, committed to welcoming individuals of all faiths. Our goal is to provide a space to connect with your tradition and your best self.

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Rabbi Shavit-Lonstein Celebrating with new couple

Rabbi Shavit-Lonstein Celebrating with new couple

Our Clergy Affiliates can provide meaningful ceremonies for all stages of life. We work with you to develop authentic, meaningful events that mark significant transitions, and celebrate community. We welcome all religious traditions; the affiliated and non affiliated alike; interfaith couples and members of the GLBTQ communities.

Learn about our Lifecycle Services ›