Join us for two film screenings and conversations that stretch our concept of “welcome”  and “home”  and the significance that listening plays. Each film reflects on real people and events and the role that open-heartedness across cultures plays.

Burning Memories: November 2
Roses in December: December 6

“At the heart of all welcome is the humble recognition that though we open our door today, we may well be in need of an open door ourselves tomorrow.”
– Mark Nepo.

Two Events:

BURNING MEMORIES FILM AND CONVERSATION
Saturday, November 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

In 1944, 75,000 Norwegians became refugees in their own country after the German occupants set fire to their homes. This 2018 film interweaves conversations between elderly Norwegians and refugee children from Syria and Sudan remembering their experiences of war and dislocation.

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ROSES IN DECEMBER FILM AND CONVERSATION
Friday, December 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

This award-winning 1982 documentary tells the story of four North American women missionaries murdered in El Salvador on December 2, 1980. Focusing specifically on the story of lay missioner Jean Donovan, who left her home and comfortable life in the U.S. to respond to the needs of war-torn Salvadorans, the film gives us a glimpse into Jean’s wide understanding of love and heart full of hospitality. Her colleagues, nuns Maura Clarke, Ita Ford and Dorothy Kazel, were her companions in life and in death.

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Facilitator:

Mary Kaye Medinger is a lifelong educator, writer, editor, spiritual director and retreat leader with a particular interest in women’s spirituality, especially Mariology.  A consociate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, she has spent nearly 40 years in various ministerial positions in parish, diocesan and ecumenical settings.