Seeking the Sacred Thread with Barbara Brown Taylor and John Philip Newell

Sunday, August 2 - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

 
"Every single thing on earth is held together by a thread of rhythm through which we have a conversation with the eternal..... (a conversation continuous throughout every moment of our lives, calling us to become consciously present.)"
 
                                                                                   
Kristine Fleck O'Donohue
 

With an emphasis on the essential sacredness of God’s creation we will re-awaken our hunger for wholeness and vitality in our faith journeys.  We will explore how the great spiritual traditions can access the well of imagination and thus deepen and renew the blessings that we carry in our lives individually and together!

These rich days will refresh our souls and equip us for a fresh articulation of God’s re-birthing. Barbara Brown Taylor and John Philip Newell, both treasured for their ability to illuminate with clarity and grace the questions and hopes we carry, will weave together sacred threads of the Christian household and other wisdom traditions as we focus on the healing of God’s people and all creation.

Through reflection, prayer, music, silence, art, worship, conversations, meals, and contemplative practices we will immerse ourselves and listen to matters of the heart – life and faith in community.

Books by both authors will be for sale at the event during designated sale times.

This event evolved from collaborative work between John Philip Newell, Barbara Brown Taylor, and AwakeningSoul in 2008. For more information about AwakeningSoul and their 2015 event, Circling the Fire with Walter Breuggemann and Valerie Tutson, go to www.awakeningsoulpresents.org.


Additional Conference Contributors

Artist in Residence: Beth Grossman

Writer in Residence: Karen Hering

Musician: Sara Thomsen

This event is co-sponsored by Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality and Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.

Please scroll down for directions and parking information.


Tentative Schedule:

Sunday, August 2

5:30 - 6:30 pm:  Registration

6:30 - 9:00 pm:  John Philip Newell: Reconnecting with the Sacredness of Earth

Musicians, artist in residence, writer in residence, community reflection and meditation/prayer

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Monday, August 3

8:00 am:  Registration

8:30 am - 12:00 pm:  Barbara Brown Taylor: Holy Envy 1: Embracing Difference

Musicians, artist in residence, writer in residence, community reflection and meditation/prayer

12:00 - 2:00 pm:  Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm:  Contemplative Practice Sessions: Labyrinth walk, Cosmic Walk, Breath as Song, Centering Prayer, Drumming, Writing as a Spiritual Practice, Meditative Art Inspired by Zentangle®,  Embodying the Cosmos through Contemplative Movement, Art and Creativity as Practice.

3:30 - 5:00 pm:  Community Open Space Time: Bookstore and booksigning, community art, walking opportunities to Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden and Loring Park.

4:30 - 6:30 pm:  Dinner

6:30 - 9:00 pm:  John Philip Newell: Reconnecting with the Journey

Musicians, artist in residence, writer in residence, community reflection and meditation/evening prayer

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Tuesday, August 4

8:00 am:  Registration

8:30 am - 12:00 pm:  John Philip Newell: Reconnecting with Compassion

Musicians, artist in residence, writer in residence, community reflection

12:00 - 2:00 pm:  Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm:  Contemplative Practice Sessions: Labyrinth walk, Cosmic Walk, Breath as Song, Centering Prayer, Drumming, Writing as a Spiritual Practice, Meditative Art Inspired by Zentangle®,  Embodying the Cosmos through Contemplative Movement, Art and Creativity as Practice.

3:30 - 5:00 pm:  Community Open Space Time: Bookstore and booksigning, community art, walking opportunities to Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden and Loring Park.

4:30 - 6:30 pm:  Dinner

6:30 - 9:00 pm:  Barbara Brown Taylor: Holy Envy 2: Exceeding Righteousness

Musicians, artist in residence, writer in residence, community reflection

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Wednesday, August 5

8:00 am:  Registration

8:30 - 10:00 am:  Barbara Brown Taylor: Holy Envy 3: Disconnecting Desire

Musicians, artist in residence, writer in residence, community reflection

10:00 - 10:30 am:  Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Barbara Brown Taylor and John Philip Newell and community conversation and celebration


Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured in TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Butman Professor of Religion & Philosophy and has been a guest lecturer at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale. Taylor and her husband Ed live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens.

Barbara Brown Taylor Trailer:

 
 

The Revd Dr John Philip Newell, author of The Rebirthing of God, Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings is a poet, peacemaker, and scholar. John Philip divides his time between Edinburgh with his family where he does most of his writing and the United States of America where he teaches and preaches across the nation.

John Philip, the co-founder of Heartbeat: A Journey Towards Earth’s Wellbeing, is an ordained Church of Scotland minister with a passion for peace among the great wisdom traditions of humanity. His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, having authored over 15 books, including Listening for the Heartbeat of God, Praying with the Earth, and A New Harmony: the Spirit, the Earth, & the Human Soul.

"Prayer for Mystery" & "Chant: Hidden Things" John Philip Newell


Artist in Residence:

Beth Grossman is an artist and activist, who sees the visual as a way to create community dialog. Her art and participatory performances are comfortable points of entry into the ongoing dialog about interpretation of history and religion, our place in nature and the power of social beliefs.

Grossman has collaborated internationally with individuals, communities, city halls, corporations, non-profits and museums in the US, Russia, China, Italy and Germany. She uses art and participatory performance as a creative force to stimulate conversation and focus attention on the environment, history and civic engagement – all aimed at raising awareness, building community and encouraging public participation.

Her visual art has been extensively shown at venues including:  The de Young Museum in San Francisco, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York City, The National Jewish Museum in Washington D.C., The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, the Minnesota History Center, The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, The Jewish Community Centers in Manhattan, Minneapolis and San Francisco.

Grossman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Visit her website:  www.bethgrossman.com


Writer in Residence:

Karen Hering is author of Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within (Atria Books of Simon & Schuster/Beyond Words), winner of a Silver Nautilus Award for books "contributing to spiritual growth, conscious living, . . . responsible leadership and positive social change."  An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, she leads a ministry of words and story that engages writing as a spiritual practice and a tool for social change. She offers writing sessions, retreats and workshops  in congregations, retreat centers and conferences and frequently teaches at Wisdom Ways, the Loft Literary Center and the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research. She lives in Hudson, Wisconsin. 


Musician:

Sara Thomsen – Increasing wonder and awareness, deepening spiritual connection, and widening social engagement through song is at the heart of singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen’s work. She is the founder and director of the Echoes of Peace Choir, a non-audition community choir in Duluth, Minnesota. In 2012 she founded the Echoes of Peace non-profit to expand the work of examining critical social issues using music and the arts as a means to build and bridge informed, engaged, and caring communities.

 


 

WHEN: Sunday, August 2 - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

WHERE: Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis

DIRECTIONS:

General directions from the east, west, south, and north.

There are several constructions projects that may impact travel to and from the conference location.  Please reference the below maps for alternative routes:

1.  July and August project, impacting travel from the west (Map)

2. An additional construction project is scheduled to begin between 8/3 & 8/17.  During this construction, the Groveland/Hennepin intersection will be closed.  Be prepared to take an alternate route or park in the Walker ramp to avoid congestion on Clifton Place. (Map)

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PARKING: 

Parking is available in various places around the conference location:

1. Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Parking Lot (Free)

   501 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

2. Architectural Alliance Surface Lot (Free; Sunday only)

  400 Clifton Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

  Additional walking map: Architectural Alliance to Hennepin Avenue Church

3. Walker Art Center Ramp ($4.00 daily charge)

  727 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

  Additional walking map: Ramp to Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

4. Street Parking (Free; Ensure your car is not parked in a two-hour zone)

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LODGING: Participants are welcome to stay at the Carondolet Center Provincial House, 1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN.  Rooms are $40.00/night and the distance from Carondelet Center to Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church is approximately 20 minutes each way.  Participants are also welcome to stay in nearby hotels.  Suggested hotels within walking distance include Hyatt Regency Minneapolis and Millennium Hotel Minneapolis.  

*To arrange lodging at the Carondelet Center Provincial House, please call 651.696.2788.

COST:  $350.00, includes lunches and dinners


This program is full. For questions about registration, please call 651-696-2788.