The Ethic of Inclusion: Getting Un-Stuck

During this highly politicized election year when exclusionary rhetoric often “shuts down” genuine conversation and cynicism too often “passes” for wisdom, come explore what is meant by “the ethic of inclusion.”
What ethical principles drive our thoughts and interactions on current issues? Ethics comes in more than one stripe. Ken Wilber’s integral paradigm and principles from the Arbinger Institute’s Anatomy of Peace will help illuminate the subtle ways we all get trapped in boxes of our own making that undermine our best intentions to actually be inclusive. Over a 3-week period, we’ll reflect on not only how we get stuck but how we can get un-stuck so that we can engage in more authentic conversation with others who have very differing views.

Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir

Spiritual memoir is the practice of listening deeply to our life experiences through the creation of artful, true stories. We come more alive when we accept how our experiences have formed us and when we form something from what we’ve experienced. By writing memories with intention, we can find holiness in the details, patterns that unify our sense of self, and deep personal healing. By crafting our stories to engage the inner life of readers, we can participate in transforming our world.

The Emergence of Islamophobia and the Importance of White Allies

Waves of Islamophobia roiling the United States and Europe are unleashing fear and hate in our world. Cruel and inaccurate stereotypes are increasing while tolerance and civil liberties are threatened. As well, a new racial formation around “Islam” and the “West” seems to be emerging. Whereas in the past the notion of a Muslim Other informed a notion of a Western self among elites, today the fear of Muslims is deeply penetrating popular identity and giving rise to a fascist-like movement that threatens to tip us into a deep dive of racism that will be hard to overcome.

When Home Won’t Let You Stay

This poignant photography exhibition provides a new perspective on the often-hidden lives and compelling experiences of refugees in our communities. Contemporary color portraits are accompanied by first-person stories highlighting the resiliency and challenges of refugees who call Minnesota home.

The Grace in Aging for Men

There is tremendous need and capacity for men to enter into their aging with deliberation and even grace, especially after having been grounded in spiritual awareness and practice. This fall series will explore men’s time of life related to aging guided by Kathleen Dowling Singh’s powerful guidebook, The Grace in Aging.

Hedgerow Initiative | The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women

Women identify with Jesus in fresh and diverse ways—as friend, birthing woman, breast feeding woman, insignificant one, suffering woman, Christa, surrogate, abandoned, forgotten, enslaved, subject to empire. Their witness demonstrates the full humanity of women and the robust faith women live despite sexist, racist, elitist, colonial mindsets.

Join in exploring and transforming the Christian doctrine too often used to oppress women.

Prairie and Poetry

Experience a one-day seminar on the prairie that attempts to reveal the richness of our landscape through careful scientific observation and thoughtful reflection guided by literature. Enjoy a day of wondering and wandering through the wild restored prairie at Belwin Conservancy in Afton, MN.

Experiencing Hildegard of Bingen

Come delve into the life and creativity of Hildegard of Bingen, a twelfth-century Rhineland mystic, writer, healer, leader, playwright, composer, and preacher. In 2012, 833 years after her death, she was declared a saint of the universal church and one of only four women among 35 persons officially recognized in Catholicism as a “Doctor of the Church.”