Past Workshops (2018)

The Mystery of Being Human

The greatest mystery of being human is our freedom. Freedom is our greatest gift as well as our darkest. This mystery is at the heart of Advent. When we gaze into the depths of our own possibilities it makes us dizzy. It has been said that the masses of humanity are afraid of our freedom. Advent is, therefore, a great gift and a necessary opportunity to look into what it means for us to be human and how we are using our freedom.

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Evolving the Self Through the Enneagram

The Enneagram is a map. It leads us through and beyond our personality types into a presence that is grounded and inspired. It guides people into the deep contours of their lives, in ways that are freeing and that activate potential. This three-part class for people with some previous experience of the Enneagram will apply the process of personal evolution to the 9 types of the Enneagram. We’ll also reflect on how we advance through stages of human development, and through mindsets, as we adapt to our changing world and grow spiritually.

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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.

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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.

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