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January 2017
$40

The Tao of (Non)Resistance

January 28
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Taoism has much to teach us about living in times of conflict and oppression. Karen Hering will lead this exploration of wu wei, the Taoist concept of claiming our center instead of pushing back and adding to aggression and conflict, whether in our personal lives or in the world around us. We’ll move our bodies with gentle Tai Ji and Qigong (no experience necessary!), our minds with words on and off the page and our hearts as we connect to one another.…

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Letting the Light In: writing about brokenness

January 28
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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“There is a crack in everything,” observed Leonard Cohen. “That’s how the light gets in.” Literary minister and author Karen Hering will lead us in a spiritual practice of guided writing to gently explore the brokenness of the world or ourselves. We'll consider how brokenness is healed, and how it sometimes opens us to the light and truth we are seeking. No writing experience needed! (NOTE: this event is part of The Gathering, a daylong retreat for those who identify as women. Advance registration for…

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She, He, They, We

January 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
First Unitarian Universallist Church, 1727 Walden Lane SW
Rochester, MN 55902 United States
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With the unfolding conversations and growing 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? This sermon and worship service (at 9 am and 11 am), led by Karen Hering and Catherine Charles Hammond in Rochester, Minnesota, will focus on our emerging understandings of gender and identity; it will be followed by an afternoon workshop "Gender 101: Fostering Justice, Equity…

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February 2017
Free

Prayer: a posture of listening

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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“There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground,” the poet Rumi eloquently reminded us long ago.  This session explores the many prayerful possibilities in our own daily lives, including the prayer of deep listening. Register here.

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March 2017
Free

The Hardened Heart

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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To truly understand forgiveness, we must wrestle with the meaning of sin as something more than a snake’s temptation in a long-ago garden. The bible often defines sin as the condition of a hardened heart. Contemporary theologians have named it as taking more than our fair share, “turning away from reality, from the radical, intimate relationships that constitute life and its goodness,” or participating in systems of oppression. We’ll reflect on different understandings of sin today, and what they can…

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April 2017
Free

A Good Time for the Truth: Reading, Writing and Talking about Race, March 22 and 29 and April 5

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Focusing on the book, A Good Time for the Truth, this three-part series will offer insights from the book’s editor, Sun Yung Shin, facilitated discussion of the book’s essays, and guided writing on our experiences of race and whiteness. A Good Time for the Truth presents sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers, exploring and exposing their lived realities as people of color. Their essays will deepen readers’ understanding of race and inspire participants’ reflection and writing on their own experiences of…

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Free

What Saves Us: writing about redemption

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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The poet William Stafford once said of his poems, "I have woven a parachute of everything broken."  This session explores the many different parachutes that save us, as we reflect on the topic of redemption.  Register here.

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