MTN Twin Cities September Meeting: Excitement Swap

Join MTN Twin Cities for our annual reading information exchange: with a twist. Bring a book, article, or burning question that’s got you fired up and thinking about death and dying issues in new ways, even if it’s not directly related (though of course we love hearing about those, too). For instance, some questions we’ve been asking include: How do we fight hate with love? How might our culture’s fear and avoidance of death feed the acts of hate and oppression that have recently been committed in this country, and what can we do to change it?

We’ll each talk briefly about our materials and ideas and then use all of that excitement to help determine MTN TC’s direction for the coming year.

Our passions pull us in many directions. We embrace that complexity and look forward to seeing where it leads us.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 7:00 pm. We will meet at the home of Anne Murphy, 287 Mount Curve Blvd, St. Paul 55105. MTN TC meetings are free and open to the public.

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Twin Cities May Meeting: Jewish Death Practices

Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapel, Minneapolis

Continuing our “Expanding the Conversation” series, the MTN Twin Cities May event will be on Jewish Death Practices. Our presenter will be Jim Wardlow of Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to all.

Tuesday, May 9, 7:00pm
Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapel, 126 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis (click link for map)

Questions? Need more information? Contact the Minnesota Threshold Network at mnthresholdnetwork@gmail.com.

Twin Cities April Meeting: Islamic Death Practices

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Roof of Hafez Tomb by Pentocelo – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4129063
Our guest is for the April meeting is Owais Byunus, Muslim author and presenter. He has written a book for Muslims, When Death Approaches, and has spoken at various college classes. He is also willing to answer any and all questions we might have about any Muslim practices or beliefs. With 150,000 Muslims in Minnesota, plus the current climate of prejudice, this will be an excellent opportunity to engage deeply. This event is free and open to all; invite your friends!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 7:00 pm
1895 Laurel Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104

Twin Cities March Meeting: Tibetan Approaches to Death and Death Rituals

photo via Tibet Vista

Join MTN Twin Cities for a presentation on Tibetan approaches to death and death rituals, with local resident Lobsang Namru. Come prepared to learn and engage in respectful discussion as part of our Expanding the Conversation focus.

Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7:00 pm at the home of Kyoko Katayama.

All Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public.

Twin Cities Meeting November 9: A Family Undertaking

What is old is often new again. Elizabeth Westrate’s A Family Undertaking uncovers a growing social trend: the home funeral movement. More often, Americans are choosing to do it themselves when it comes to burying loved ones and easing their own grief. Far from being a radical innovation, however, keeping funeral rites in the family or among friends is exactly how death was handled for most of pre-twentieth century America.
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The showing will take place on Wednesday, November 9 (please note! Wednesday meeting!) at 7 pm, at the home of Anne Murphy, 287 Mount Curve Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55105 (follow link for map). Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public, but donations of the heart are gratefully accepted.

October Meeting: Regional Threshold Conversation; Saturday, October 15

In place of a regular Tuesday or Wednesday night meeting, we will have a regional gathering of advocates for home funerals and green burials. Home funeral activists from the Twin Cities, Rochester, Northfield, Brainerd, and Wisconsin will share visions, challenges, and plans. All are welcome.

Date: Saturday, October 15, at 10amPotluck lunch to follow.
Place: home of Linda Bergh, 4315 Xerxes Ave. S. Minneapolis 55410 (follow link for map). Phone: 612-325-2775.

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Photo from the MTN 2015 summer planning meeting. Probably taken by Becky Bohan