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InVocation Updates & Upcoming Sep. 2023

Upcoming events!

(classes, courses, retreats, workshops, talks, & presentations)

Creature Feature: Animals as Spiritual Teachers
6-7:30pm on Fri. October 6, online

I'm thrilled to be returning to Wisdom Ways this fall for a fresh lineup of classes! First up is Creature Feature: Animals as Spiritual Teachers. Animals are so effortless and pure in their spirituality, aren’t they? We would do well to learn from them!

That’s what this class is all about. We’ll share stories of sacred moments with our finned, feathered, and fuzzy cousins. We’ll reflect on the wisdom, beauty, and inspiration they’ve shown us. And we’ll explore exercises to help us pay closer attention to our closest family in the Animal Kin-dom.

Their spirituality is indeed one of the best teachers for our own. We invite you to find where the strands of your sacred story meet with other fellow critters’, in our great, wild web of life.

Fellow animal-lovers – assemble!

Guide for the Grief Journey: Ten Touchstones
6-8pm on Wed. November 1 and Wed. November 15, online and in-person

Then next up at Wisdom Ways is Guide for the Grief Journey: Ten Touchstones. In the past year, all the work I've done around pandemic recovery has solidified a project I’ve been chewing on for a long time. Ever since my dad passed on in 2015, I’ve always wished there was a more thorough base of support for people going through grief – and I feel we need this as a planet now more than ever.

Everyone endures grief in this life, and everyone’s grief is unique. But we don’t need to bear it alone or without any guidance. Now you can discover the support offered by connection with others on the grief journey. These sessions are for people who are currently navigating grief of any kind, as well as those who want to learn how to better accompany others on their journeys.

  • Session 1, 6-8pm on Wed. November 1, online & in-person: We'll discuss how to convene and participate in a grief sharing circle, where everyone’s process is respected.

  • Session 2, 6-8pm on Wed. November 15, online & in-person: We'll discuss how to create a grief shrine, as well as a ceremony, ritual, or memorial you can practice, alone or with others. 

Each session will have dedicated time for journaling, contemplation, conversation, and silence. Together, we can make it through the wilderness of grief, and find beauty and hope along the way.

Lessons from the Pandemic series

Upcoming presentations at:

  • Peace Lutheran Church in Lauderdale, MN

  • 3-part series at Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul, MN

  • Cerenity Marian senior living community in St. Paul, MN

  • House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Oakdale, MN

I’m continuing to book events for the Lessons from the Pandemic series, and still have a few openings left for 2023! Organizations can have me come in to lead a presentation and discussion about what we can all learn from the last few years: about grief and mental health, renewing a sense of passion and optimism for the future, and much more.

  • Options for 1-, 2-, and 3-hour talks, and easily customized to the host context: workplaces, schools, churches and faith communities, senior centers, etc.

  • I’m especially hoping these can serve people who’ve been in frontline work: healthcare, eldercare, mental health, pastoral care, education, caregivers, etc.

  • If you'd like to attend, or if you know anyone who may be interested in hosting this unique, vital conversation, please reach out:

Topics include:

  • historical comparisons to other globally traumatic events

  • what to expect – a summary of the research indicators and social trends for the coming years

  • how to get ahead of coming trends and chart a Roadmap to Recovery

  • how to make room for what I call the Ten Touchstones of Grief

  • concrete actions that can help us regain momentum in our individual and communal lives

How you can help grow InVocation

  1. Sign up for one of the offerings above!

  2. Refer me to places you know of that could host an InVocation event!

  3. Refer me to someone you know who could use spiritual guidance, or meet with me yourself – initial consult is always free!

  4. Forward the newsletter to your friends so they can subscribe!

  5. Support me on my Ko-Fi patron page with a one-time or recurring contribution! This supports the bigger picture of my work – which you can read about there!

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