Pastor John Klawiter

Forest Lake Times: A community of unity and collaboration

Faith Lutheran voted to take an intentional step to discern if we will move forward with a “sacred settlement” on our church property. A sacred settlement, if completed in the future, would consist of 10 to 12 tiny homes with residents having various backgrounds. 

Some residents would be “missionals”—looking to downsize and model healthy living. Other residents would have experienced chronic homelessness. There will be intentionality in seeking veterans for some (but not all) of the spots. 

I was initially drawn to this model for one very important reason: unity. I heard the vision of Gabrielle Clowdus and Anne Franz from Settled ( and immediately saw how a church like Faith in a community like Forest Lake could be the catalyst to make this happen.