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February 2018

My Story, Your Story, Our Story

February 18 - May 19
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Artwork by Ricardo Levins Morales, www.RLMArtStudio.com, used by permission. What is your unique origin story? How is it nested with others’ in the larger history we share? And how do these stories deepen our understandings of identity, racism and belonging? This facilitated small group program will meet monthly, February – May (alternating Saturday and Sunday afternoons), inviting each participant to reflect on their own family’s story of origin and bringing those stories into conversation with the larger national history that weaves…

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March 2018

2018 Spring Writing Retreat: When Memory and Imagination Meet

March 21 @ 5:00 pm - March 25 @ 12:00 pm
Christine Center, W8303 MANN ROAD
Willard, WI 54493 United States
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$220 - $270

Discover the creative energy and hope that rise when memory and imagination meet in your  writing. Whether we write for our own eyes only or for other readers (and whether our words are fiction, memoir, poetry or otherwise), writing invites us to unwrap the gifts of both memory and imagination, seeing not only what has been and is now, but also the extraordinary possibilities of what might still come to pass with our creative engagement. This writing retreat, for both…

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April 2018

Witness & Wonder: the writer’s work

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN United States
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$49 - $70

The writer's role has always been as witness—to the world as it is and the way it might be. This class at the Loft Literary Center uses guided writing exercises to sharpen our writer's eye, enliven our words, and end writer's block while experiencing writing as a spiritual practice and a tool for social action. We'll consider the responsibility and the challenges writers face as honest witnesses to our own times—to the world's beauty and its brokenness, to its possibilities…

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Summer Nicaraguan Cultural Tour

April 11
Unity Church-Unitarian, Holly Ave., 732 Holly Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Tour cost available from PML.

SEEING WITH NEW EYES: exploring literature, art and our relationships with others on a Nicaraguan cultural tour this summer, July 26 - August 4; registration deadline: April 11 The work of the poet—and of artists and seekers of many kinds—is inspired by love, imagination, and adventure. It often begins with the phrase, “I don’t know.” This 10-day Nicaraguan cultural tour, to be offered this summer, July 24- August 4, invites writers and nonwriters alike to experience the inspiration of not…

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Welcoming Transformation

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Free but RSVP requested.

Wendell Berry poetically pays homage to the continual transformation occurring in the natural world: “bud opening to flower / opening to fruit opening / to the sweet marrow / of the seed.” How might we too witness and pay homage to the transformation occurring within our lives? We’ll pause to notice the transformative forces moving within our hearts and within our world. Free but RSVP by email requested.

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May 2018

She/He/They/We: understanding gender: worship and workshop

May 20 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, 328 Maple St.
Mahtomedi, MN United States
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With the unfolding conversations and awareness around gender identity and diversity, how do we understand what it means to be “us” in ways that welcome and open the fullness of all our gender identities and possibilities? Karen Hering and her son, Catherine Charles Hammond, will together offer this service of words and song in an exploration of gender. (Service times are 9am and 11am.) Following the second service, Catherine Charles will lead a lively and informative afternoon workshop, from 12:30-2:30pm: Gender…

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Choosing Hope

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“Hope is not merely an emotion that comes and goes. It is a virtue, resulting from a conscious, deliberate choice and long practice,” says writer Mary McDermott Shideler. Where do we find hope in the world today, and how might we choose it and practice it? Free but RSVP by email requested.

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