What is our focus for the upcoming programming year?
What truly feeds our passion for this work and feeds the work in turn?
What does our leadership structure look like now, and is that the best way for it to be?
We invite you to join us in examining these questions and more at an open retreat and planning meeting. Based on input from our August core team meeting and the September idea exchange, we will discuss what’s on the group’s horizon, plan the next few meetings, and generally get to know each other and our paths a little better.
All Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public. Donations of the heart accepted.
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Hi, all. Eli here with a list of books, articles, films, podcasts, and ideas shared at the September Excitement Swap!
This year we heard so many amazing suggestions, in so many different media, that I’ve broken them into categories. Entries are arranged alphabetically by title (my apologies to librarians and library-lovers). When possible, I have included the sharer’s name and any commentary they offered on the work. Caveat lector: I am but one fallible mortal who was trying to keep up with a delightfully lively discussion, so there’s a very real possibility that I missed things. If you see errors or omissions, please let me know!
MTN Twin Cities Meeting, September 19, 2017
Book, Article, and Idea Share
Anne Murphy’s home (thank you, Anne)
Notes taken by Eli
Opening: “Epitaph” by Merritt Malloy
Allison’s Gift, Pat Hogan. Tells the story of the death of Alison Sanders, daughter of Beth Knox, one of the early pioneers of the family-directed death movement. (Nancy)
A Bridge for Grandma, Carol McCormick, illus. Marie Olofsdotter. Children’s book about a young girl who has a near-death experience in the hospital and meets her dead grandmother. (Nancy)
Laughing in a Waterfall, Marianne Dietzel. This book is gripping. The way the school community come together for the home vigil is amazing. Marianne explores every dimension of why that’s so powerful. (Nancy)
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.
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.
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!
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.