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September 2017

Prayer: a posture of listening

September 3 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Shepherd of the Hill Chuch, Chaska, MN, 145 Engler Blvd
Chaska,, MN 55318 United States
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free but RSVP requested.

We'll consider the many prayerful possibilities in our daily lives while experiencing a spiritual practice of writing for writers and nonwriters alike. Following this introduction to writing as a spiritual practice, Karen will be preaching at 10:30. Her sermon title is "Hallowed Be Thy Name." 

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Who You Are Called to Be

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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We’ve often heard Frederick Buechner’s definition of vocation as that place “where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” This writing session explores that meeting point and looks for the thread of vocation woven through the fabric of each of our lives. Free but RSVP by email is requested. Register here.

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October 2017

Living and Writing in Threshold Times: Writing Our Way into a New Story

October 6 @ 6:30 pm - October 8 @ 1:00 pm
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, 120 E. Boyson Rd
Hiawatha, IA 52233 United States
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$180 - $230

 A threshold, whether physical or emotional, is a place of great vitality, exchange and possibility, where new greets old, where outside meets inside, where stranger crosses over to become friend. This retreat is for people living through threshold times – times in your personal life (or in the life of the globe we share) that bring significant change, chosen or unbidden. Whether you’re facing a change in relationship, work, home, roles, identity or abilities, this weekend for writers and non-writers…

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Learning to Let Go

October 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.

“The law of every living thing is growth,” writes Susan Griffin, “through love, through willing sacrifice, or both.” This writing session asks what sacrifices are asked of us today and how might we respond? Free but RSVP by email is requested. Register here.

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She/He/They/We

October 22
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 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 has developed this service with her son, Catherine Charles Hammond, who will join her in leading it along with worship associate Mike Huber. Catherine Charles will also lead a free afternoon workshop, “Gender 101: Fostering Justice, Equity, and Compassion for All Genders” at…

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November 2017

The Way of Pilgrimage Today

November 15 @ 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.

“The geographical pilgrimage is the symbolic acting out of an inner journey,” said Thomas Merton.  This guided writing session explores the inner and outer aspects of pilgrimage as well as the new navigational skills often discovered by a pilgrim. Free but RSVP by email is requested. Register here.

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December 2017

Incarnation: This Embodied Life

December 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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How do the old stories of incarnation and our own contemporary experience together illuminate our understanding of this embodied life – with all its beauty and its brokenness and blessings?  In the beginning of this very busy month of December, we pause on a Sunday afternoon to reflect on the gifts, limitations, and holiness nested within our embodied world.  Free but RSVP by email is requested. Register here.

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