A Stray: Friday Night Film

Learn more about everyday life within the Somali community in the Twin Cities and the challenges faced by refugees through an award-winning film written and directed by Musa Syeed. “A Stray” is about a Somali refugee whose life changes, not always for the better, when he befriends a dog, despite the fact that as a Muslim, Adan believes dogs are haram or forbidden under Islamic law.

Celtic Saints and Animal Stories: A Spirituality of Holiness

Come hear stories of the Celtic saints and their kinship with animals from the Celtic hagiographies, the largest body of Christian saint and animal stories in existence. While those saints were often depicted as friends and protectors of animals, this presentation will also examine what the animals did for them—often portraying them as “consociates” or “lay oblates” of the monastic communities themselves. Implications and positive actions related to these will be examined and discussed.

The Body of the World: A Reading by Mary Moore Easter

Come delve into a new collection of poetry by Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Mary Moore Easter. The Body of the World was a finalist for the 2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize.
Poet Angela Jackson says Easter’s new book “leads us through the tangled past and bristling present of race, slavery, gender, and cruelty, through China, France, and America. Easter offers beauty, breathe, and hope. She will leave you wiser––O, so much wiser.”

Landscapes and Human Spirit in Willa Cather’s Novel My Ántonia

Whether you’ve read this engaging novel or not, come, learn, and participate in conversation about how it explores the resilient human, pioneer spirit. Living at the turn of century and the rise of modernization, Willa Cather was sensitive to the losses endured by land and peoples. In her writing she lifted up the cultural jewels engendered from prairie-life and immigrant experience. One hundred years after the novel’s publication, we can reflect on how it speaks to us and our challenges today.