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March 2019

Surrender: the nerve center of consent

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Henri Nouwen called surrender an act of deep listening and receiving. Howard Thurman often referred to it as the “nerve center of consent.” Others have defined surrender as an offering of ourselves. To what sacred truth and presence do you offer yourself? What is the meaning of surrender in our spiritual journeys? What does it ask – and not ask – of us today? A free guided writing session. RSVP by email requested.

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April 2019

Claiming Freedom

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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“Freedom is not something that anybody can be given,” said James Baldwin. “Freedom is something that people take and people are as free as they want to be.” How do we find and claim the freedom we each want and need? And what responsibilities accompany our freedom? How does true freedom ironically bind us to others? A free guided writing session. RSVP by email requested.

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May 2019

More Together than Alone: exploring, experiencing and expanding community

May 2 - May 16
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality, Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN United States
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A three-part series on Thursday evenings, May 2, 9 and 16. We know how important community is in bringing our whole selves to flower. And still it can be hard to find or create communities that will welcome us just as we are. This three-part series of guided writing, conversation, embodied practices and other creative activities, invites you to discover a deeper understanding of community and what is needed to build it and find belonging in it. Informed by readings…

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Peace: inside and out

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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“Peace is people talking together with a heart in between them.” So says a wise eight-year-old, reminding us that peace is less about the absence of conflict than our ability to respond to one another with hearts engaged and held open in conversation and relationship. This session explores the inner and outer dimensions of peace and how one affects the other.  A free guided writing session. RSVP by email requested.

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June 2019

Wisdom at the Crossroads

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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“At the crossroads, Wisdom takes her stand.” As we consider the crossroads of our own times, this writing session explores the proverbs Wisdom offers now as her stand and guidance. What proverbial wisdom, old and new, do we need today and where might we find it, worldwide and within? A free guided writing session. RSVP by email requested.

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July 2019

Writing Retreat: Writing to Wake the Soul: cultivating curiosity

July 26 - July 31
Christine Center, W8303 MANN ROAD
Willard, WI 54493 United States
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$325

Creativity – on the page and in our lives – begins with curiosity, the posture of an open heart and mind. How do we keep our curiosity alive and well in these times of so much closed thinking? This retreat, designed for writers of fiction, memoir, poetry and other forms, is an invitation to cultivate curiosity in your own writing. We’ll explore practices and tools that can open our hearts and minds as writers and awaken the healing power of…

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September 2019

Belonging

September 18 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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“The bird belongs to the sky, even though it cannot sleep there; the egg belongs to the nest even though it will not stay there.”  To whom and to what do you belong? We’ll explore the many forms and faces of belonging and the many ways we find it in our lives. A free guided writing session. RSVP by email requested.

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