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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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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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May 2017
$540

The Writer’s Work: Wonder and Witness, May 7-11

May 7 @ 4:00 pm - May 11 @ 12:00 pm
ARC Retreat Center, Cambridge, MN United States + Google Map

“To see clearly,” John Ruskin once wrote, “is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.” It can be revolutionary as well. The writer’s task has always been to pay attention, to regard the world with wonder and curiosity, and to serve as a witness, describing its appearances and events and their possible meanings. In times that challenge the justice and peace we seek in the world, this role is especially important. In 2017, my annual writers' retreat at ARC Retreat Center (in…

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Free but RSVP requested.

To Bless and Be Blessed

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Holly Ave., 732 Holly Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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A blessing, according to John O’Donohue, “is a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal, and strengthen. . . . A blessing awakens future wholeness.”  Join in a session of writing and reflection exploring the healing and wholeness of blessing. Free but email RSVP requested. Register here.

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June 2017
Free but RSVP requested.

Sabbath: A Time to Rest

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Holly Ave., 732 Holly Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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A day of rest can be hard to come by. But an empty day, like an empty page, can open sacred and creative possibilities. “All creation springs from emptiness,” says writer Wayne Muller. In our busy 24/7 lives, this writing session reflects on the gift of Sabbath rest and other sacred time and space. Free but RSVP by email is requested. Register here.

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He/She/They/We

June 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
First Universalist Church, Minneapolis, 3400 Dupont Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408 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? This worship service (at 10 a.m.) on the theme of gender will be co-led by Karen Hering and Catherine Charles Hammond. Following the service, Catherine Charles will lead a free workshop on gender identity, "Gender 101: Fostering Justice, Equity, and Compassion for All Genders."…

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