Men's Spirituality Series: Fall 2012

Exploring Men’s Personal Journeys
of Spiritual Growth

This fall three distinct men will share their wisdom with us. Each one is a leader in masculine saging: Alan Page as a principled leader in the courts and in sport; Earl Hipp as a man dedicated to mentoring younger men and boys; and Barry Baines as a guide in composing an ethical will as a spiritual legacy.

Men’s Coordinator: Terry Shaughnessy holds an MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University and has been a spiritual director for 15 years with a focus on men's work, contemplative spirituality, retreats, group facilitation and leadership development.


To preserve a sacred space for men to explore their spirituality together, we ask that only men register for the sessions.

An Evening with Justice Alan Page

Wednesday, September 19, 5:30-7:30pm

In a casual gathering, we’ll enjoy food and conversation with a leading Renaissance man in our community as we hear Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page share his perspective on manhood, integrity and leadership. The evening is intentionally informal to encourage enlivening and spontaneous conversation.

Presenter: Alan Page is Minnesota’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice, elected to the court in 1992. Previously, he served as an assistant attorney general and a special assistant attorney general. Renowned for his earlier career as a professional football player and elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988, he played defense with the Minnesota Vikings in the 1970s. Today he is an ardent defender of equal education for children and is the founder of the Page Education Foundation, which assists students of color with post‑secondary education.

WHEN: Wednesday evening, September 19, 5:30-7:30pm

COST: $25.00, includes appetizers

Mentor as Guide: The Role of Male Elders

Wednesday, October 17, 7:15-9:15am

This conversation will explore the value of elders mentoring younger men who are navigating the first half of their lives. How is elder wisdom best transmitted while honoring the well being of those who are mentored? How do the “old heads” of the village stand in their elder power, finding purpose and meaning in missions of service to their community?

Facilitator: Earl Hipp
, is a committed male elder and author of Man-Making – Men: Helping Boys on Their Journey to Manhood and the Man-Making Blog. His work explores the evolving definitions of manhood, passage experiences, masculine mentoring and the central role of service.



WHEN: Wednesday morning, October 17, 7:15-9:15am

COST: $20.00

Ethical Wills: Creating Your Legacy of Values, Hopes, and Life Lessons

Wednesday, November 28, 7:15-9:15am

Wednesday, December 12, 5:30-8:30pm

This two-part program introduces the Legacy Journey™ as a tool for summing up our life purpose, lessons, values, wisdom and dreams for ourselves and future generations. It invites participants to compose an Ethical Will or Legacy Letter, articulating their values; a collection of their own Life Reflection Stories; and A Making a Difference Plan.

In the first session, participants will begin the interactive process for creating their own Legacy Letter – a heartfelt letter summarizing and sharing their values, beliefs, future hopes, life lessons and love with family, friends and community. The second session is a longer, three-hour facilitated writing workshop for participants to continue their small group conversation and individual writing with the goal of completing a draft of their ethical will. We request you attend the first session in order to join the second.

Facilitator: Barry Baines, M.D., is a leading authority on ethical wills and pioneered their use in hospice and palliative care. He has authored several books on the topic and his work has been featured nationally. Barry received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1975, and is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He continues to serve as a hospice medical director in addition to his role with Celebrations of Life.


WHEN: Wednesday, November 28, 7:15-9:15am
COST: $20.00

WHEN: Wednesday evening, December 12, 5:30-8:30pm
COST: $75.00, includes resource materials and meal