Past Workshops (2016)

Half Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, November 5, 2016

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Have you wondered about meditation in the Christian tradition? Considered a meditation retreat but been concerned that it might be too intense? Have you simply sought a shorter retreat experience? If so, this half-day experience might be for you. The morning will provide an introduction to meditation according to the teaching of John Main, OSB, and a retreat experience of sitting and walking meditation, mindful movements, and chanting. Limited to 25 participants.

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The Way of Our People: Conversation with D. Richard Wright, Ojibwe Elder

Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Join an evening of conversation with author Donald Richard Wright, who observed and studied the ancient ceremonies of the Aboriginal Ojibwe in Little Black River Reserve, Ontario, Canada. Its ceremony maker was a 94-year-old Ojibwe-Cree who lived in the mountains near Edmonton.

Wright wanted to experience and research the ceremonies in order to understand “the fundamental cultural strengths of the Indian who became copious drinkers of alcohol,” he says. “As an aspirant to the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Minneapolis Deaconate Program, if I was to counsel the drinker, then my ministry became to know a little about these beliefs.”

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Praying the Advent Names of God

Tuesdays, December 6 and 13, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join artist Ansgar Holmberg and prayer poet Joan Mitchell to reflect and meditate on the Advent names of God. A blend of words and images will invite us to transform the traditional O Antiphons from the Advent Liturgy of the Hours into the context of evolutionary cosmology, opening new space for us to anticipate Jesus’ birth in our busy lives and our planet in peril.

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Winter Solstice: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
7:00 – 8:30 pm

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

These lines by Emily Dickinson inspire us as winter surrounds us. Come illumine the darkness by lighting candles, singing songs, celebrating, mourning, embracing. Deep in the dark and cold, we’ll wander inward, find a spark, and kindle hope for the season.

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