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Workshops: Summer and Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Hedgerow: Abounding in Spirit
Diana L. Hayes, Jessica Lopez Lyman, Sharon Howell, CSJ
September 21 - December 7, 2015
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Participants in the Fall 2015 Hedgerow class studied Elizabeth Johnson's book Abounding in Kindness and Diana L. Hayes' book Forged in the Fiery Furnace.  Both women were guest lecturers over the course of the series and explored the heart of issues challenging our faith today: our treatment of the natural world, and the poverty and prejudice embedded in U.S. social structures. Diana further explored African American spirituality, which she describes as “born of the pride and pain, the horror and hope of a people whose eyes have always been watching God and whose hands stayed firm on the plow as they fought their way to freedom. It is a spirituality forged in the fiery furnace of more than four hundred years of slavery, segregation, and racism but grounded in a history thousands of years old of a people who believed in someone greater than themselves.”

Fall Soul: The Soul of the Living Universe
Ilia Delio, Emily Jarrett Hughes, Emilie Bouvier
November 6-7, 2015
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In "The Soul of the Living Universe" participants explored, re-imagined, and embodied a new unifying Christian story of the cosmos. Delio’s brilliant lectures were enhanced by embodied performance of the universe’s evolution directed by Emily Jarrett Hughes. Osseous Stirrings, a photography exhibition by Emilie Bouvier inspired by “dry bones” narratives from Genesis and Ezekiel, spoke of ecological lament and fragile vitality.


Belonging: Meanings and implications--An exploration of the many layers of belonging
Ted Bowman, Mary Moore Easter, and Katrina Vandenberg
October 6, 2015
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When words carry evocative meanings, it can be helpful to give voice to multiple meanings and the emotional weight of each.  Guest poets Mary Moore Easter and Katrina Vandenberg prompted participants through their own poems and ways of expressing belonging. Belonging: Meanings and Implications was a three-part series exploring the layers of meaning the word belonging evokes.  This was the first session in the series. 


Darwin and the God of Love: Is God's Charity Broad Enough for Bears?
Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ
September 25, 2015

Elizabeth Johnson, Professor of Theology at Fordham University, spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,000. Drawing from her book, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, she probed the meaning of creation in order to invigorate ethical behavior that cares for plants and animals with a passion integral to faith’s passion for the living God.


Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert
September 29, 2015

Elizabeth Gilbert spoke to a group of 700 about her new book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Drawing on her own generative process, she shared her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity and offered powerful insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration as well as the attitudes, approaches, and habits that support a creative life.

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Seeking the Sacred Thread
Barbara Brown Taylor and John Philip Newell
August 2 – 5, 2015

These rich days refreshed our souls and equipped 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, weaved together sacred threads of the Christian household and other wisdom traditions as participants focused on the healing of God’s people and all creation.

Through reflection, prayer, music, silence, art, worship, conversations, meals, and contemplative practices participants immersed themselves and listened to matters of the heart – life and faith in community.

Awakening to the Stories in the Land
John Marboe, Jim Bear Jacobs, Bob Klanderud, Romona Kitto Stately
June 6, 2015

Participants joined facilitators in making four stops to sacred sites throughout the Twin Cities: Cold Water Spring, Fort Snelling Park, and the Pilot Knob Medicine Wheel.  Facilitators shared the history and sacred significance of each of the visited sites.