Men’s Spirituality: On the Threshold of Transformation

In these culturally chaotic times, when so many male role models are falling from grace and revealing the dark underside of masculinity, where do we turn for clarity, discernment and proper action? How do we find a balancing point? One resource is the work of Fr. Richard Rohr, a globally recognized ecumenical teacher who leads men’s rites-of-passage retreats and addresses many aspects of masculine spirituality. His On the Threshold of Transformation supports men in learning how to transform their pain so they don’t harmfully pass it on

Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World

Nature is not something that is ‘out there’ and separate from our daily lives, says writer Emma Marris. Instead we are surrounded by a rambunctious garden that has been shaped by human beings—which raises significant questions. If no ecosystem is pristine and we cannot go back to a natural world untouched by human activity, how will we go forward? How do we conserve, protect, and engage with nature? What is nature and what is our place within it?

Follow the Blackbirds: A Reading by Gwen Nell Westerman

Come savor the traditions and languages of the Dakota people as Gwen Nell Westerman reads from Follow the Blackbirds, her book of poetry in Dakota and English. “My uncle and my grandma told me we should always try to tell the truth about our history and our culture,” says Westerman, whose poems, stories and fiber art remind us that Minnesota and the upper Midwest have been a Dakota place since “beyond remembering.”

An Introduction to the Enneagram: 9 Ways to Move from Trance to Dance

The Enneagram is a map for shifting our inner lives so that we flourish more in our outer lives. It is a system for self-development that uses a nine-pointed figure to portray nine basic personality styles. Each type views life through a particular lens that shapes what we notice and value, what we see as ideal, and what we want to avoid. This narrowed perception becomes a kind of trance.

Meeting Mary Again for the First Time

Come join an early spring exploration of a fertile symbol of creativity! Through the lenses of music, art, poetry, and theology as well as our personal experience, we’ll explore the creative role that Mary of Nazareth has played in various spiritualities and peoples, including Mother of Jesus, Mother of God, Mother of the Church and Mother of us All.

Mariam: Mizna Arab Film Fest Tour

A rare portrait of the coming-of-age of a Muslim teen, Mariam addresses Islamophobia, the diversity of the Muslim experience, the choice of some Muslim women to wear the hijab, and the assimilation and acceptance of Muslims in the west. Written and directed by Saudi filmmaker and former Washington Post Gulf correspondent Faiza Ambah, the film was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Dubai International Film Festival.