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August 2017

Board of Spiritual Formation

August 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, 55403 United States
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September 2017

Board of Spiritual Formation

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:30pm on day Second of the month, repeating until June 13, 2018

Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, 55403 United States
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The Board of Spiritual Formation is responsible for spiritual exploration, education and enrichment programs offered to members, from babies through adults.

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Providing a home for healing in tumultuous times

September 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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The Center for Victims of Torture has been serving victims of some of the world’s most heinous crimes for over 30 years. What began in a clinic in 1985 and moved into a more welcoming, nurturing setting in 1987 is now an international effort to meet the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of those who have endured unspeakable pain. Join us to learn what that work looks like in our current political climate. What has changed with a new administration,…

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One Day at a Time: Celebration of recovery and hope

September 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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National Recovery Month is held every September to increase awareness and to celebrate successes of those in recovery. It’s an ongoing effort to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and/or substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Today’s Forum is one of Plymouth’s efforts to participate in this yearly National Recovery Month Celebration, now in its 27th year. Robert “Bob” Subby, born and raised in Minneapolis, has had a…

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October 2017

Better Futures Minnesota: Transforming lives and rebuilding communities

October 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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By providing effective, efficient and compassionate practices and services, Better Futures Minnesota is helping men with troubled pasts build futures in which they are productive citizens, fathers, employees and neighbors. Better Futures addresses the trauma and mental health issues, racial and economic disparities, and poverty and homelessness that disproportionately plague men exiting incarceration. In partnership with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and Westminster Presbyterian Church, Plymouth is working to create Great River Landing, which will provide safe, affordable housing for these…

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Book study: “Hillbilly Elegy”

October 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Monday, repeating until October 16, 2017

Fireside Room, 1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Facilitator Bill Davini writes, “Hillbilly Elegy was a deeply moving and disturbing personal experience for me in which I was challenged by the limits of my compassion. My reaction to this book was one of anger and rejection—which makes it a fertile ground for contemplation. In my darkest moments with this book, I asked questions such as: What are we to make of people who are born with privilege and who throw away their gifts in perverse and cavalier ways?…

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Book study: “Four Traditions, One Spirit”

October 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until November 7, 2017

Fireside Room, 1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Chet Myers’s book Four Traditions One Spirit is a spiritual memoir that reflects on the human condition and our longings from four spiritual and mystical traditions: Jewish, Christian, Sufi and Lakota. This six-week study will examine commonalities from these spiritual traditions. Each session will include brief writing exercises and worship rituals. If you have been curious about what values are shared by different religious traditions and what values shape your life, these sessions are for you. Or if you have…

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Sustainable Energy: The state of renewables in the Trump era

October 8 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Global and national energy policies will have a profound impact on the growth of renewable energy sources in the coming years. In the United States, energy trends are at crosscurrents with national energy policy as the federal government seeks to cut back on renewables. Unless the government profoundly undercuts renewable production, however, clean energy still has a bright future. In our own state, solar energy is poised for a quantum leap in production. But how much more could we be…

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Changes and Constants: Cuba’s relationship with Plymouth

October 15 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Plymouth members made their first trip to Cuba in 2005, and since then a Plymouth group has traveled to this unique island nation almost every year. We have made many friends, among them our guides Aurelio Paz, a journalist, and Eduardo Gonzalez, the minister at our sister church in Ciego de Avila. Come and hear about changes we’ve seen and experienced over the past 12 years, updates on Cuba’s economy and governance and tentative plans for the next trip. Plymouth…

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Centro Tyrone Guzman: Serving our Latine* neighbors for over 40 years

October 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Established in 1974, Centro Tyrone Guzman is the oldest and largest multi-service Latine organization in Minneapolis, serving more than 7,000 individuals annually through a holistic array of programs. Focusing on education, health and wellness, and community engagement, it has established itself as a trusted leader both within and outside the Latine community. Join us to learn how this organization, located in the nearby Phillips neighborhood, is working to create a vibrant, diverse and inclusive Latine community that belongs and contributes…

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Sacred Music in the 21st Century: Three composers’ perspectives

October 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Music is foundational at Plymouth Church, and we are often treated to world premieres and multiple genres. While sacred music enriches a church member’s spiritual life, how does it impact the composer? What inspires a composer and what are the challenges? Join us to hear three composers, two of whom are Plymouth members, describe their experience in creating music that is both timeless and timely for today’s congregations—and that speaks to their own souls. Carol Barnett is the composer of…

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Book study: “Healing the Heart of Democracy”

October 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Monday, repeating until November 20, 2017

Fireside Room, 1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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“For those of us who want to see democracy survive and thrive—and we are legion—the heart is where everything begins: that grounded place in each of us where we can overcome fear, rediscover that we are members of one another, and embrace the conflicts that threaten democracy as openings to new life for our nation.” (from the preface) Join this four week study of Palmer’s seminal work on the “habits of the heart” we need to revitalize our politics, hold…

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Book study: “Healing the Heart of Democracy”

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until November 20, 2017

Fireside Room, 1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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“For those of us who want to see democracy survive and thrive—and we are legion—the heart is where everything begins: that grounded place in each of us where we can overcome fear, rediscover that we are members of one another, and embrace the conflicts that threaten democracy as openings to new life for our nation.” (from the preface) Join this four week study of Palmer’s seminal work on the “habits of the heart” we need to revitalize our politics, hold…

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November 2017

Jewish Holidays: There’s more than just a menorah

November 5 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Many of us are somewhat familiar with Passover and Hanukkah, but what about other holidays on the Jewish calendar? What happens during Sukkot, and why is Purim so much fun? Come to learn how our Jewish neighbors celebrate their faith and history, and leave with a new appreciation for the richness of their traditions and how they might enliven our own. Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman, Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel, is a long-time friend of Plymouth Church and a highly respected…

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Caring for the Caregiver: How to ask for help when caring for a loved one with dementia

November 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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In this independent culture, asking for help can be difficult, but it can be particularly so when the caregiver is caring for someone with cognitive impairment. This forum will discuss what happens both physically and emotionally to everyone involved, how to share the load by reaching out to others and when to seek help from community resources. Our speaker will suggest ways to keep track of specifically what’s going on, and she will share the knowledge and wisdom of Mayo…

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Book study: “Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most”

November 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until December 5, 2017

Fireside Room, 1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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The late Marcus J. Borg, preeminent theologian and Bible scholar, reflected on his life and how he developed his most bedrock convictions and why they matter in this book. The result is a manifesto for all progressive Christians who seek a path for following Jesus today. With each chapter embodying a distinct conviction, Borg writes provocatively and compellingly on the beliefs that can deeply ground us and guide us: God Is Real and a Mystery Salvation Is More About This…

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Prophets and Mystics: Past and present voices for truth

November 19 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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If we are to be equal to our times, we must draw on both the disquieting, even thunderous, truth telling of prophets who rage against unspeakable inequities and all that should not be so in our world, and the hopeful reminder by mystics of the hidden wholeness and unfathomable love, that lies at the core of our lives. We will reflect on the ancient biblical prophets and on contemporary prophets, along with Christian mystics old and new. Julie Neraas, an…

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December 2017

Community Singing: Experiencing aliveness, joy, and connection through song

December 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Back by popular demand, Barbara McAfee will help us start off the Advent season on a joyful note by leading us in song in the oral tradition (no notes to read, no instruments, no experience needed) “to embody our interdependence and enjoy the heck out of being alive!” Barbara McAfee is a voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynote speaker and author who merges lessons from 12 years in organization development with the transformational power of sound. Her latest TEDx talk is “All…

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Holy Emoji!–Navigating social media in the 21st century

December 10 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Tweets—do they come from people or birds? Meme—something fun to share with your friends or a person who talks about themselves too much? And how about Snapchat—is it a fun way to communicate or how people talk and dance in West Side Story? Whether you are 9 and have grown up with technology or 90 and the world of the internet is a new, exciting and potentially frightening place, come to this intergenerational presentation from our own Nina Jonson to…

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Laughter and Stress: Which one wins?

December 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jackman Room, 1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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We have all heard the saying, “We’ll laugh about this someday,” but it is hard to keep that in mind when you are feeling the stress of constant change and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. This workshop will have you laughing and learning about laughter. Joe Harstad will share fascinating new research about how laughter affects the brain and helps you think faster, more smoothly and more creatively. This is not a speech or PowerPoint presentation. You will engage in fun, hands-on…

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