All MTN events are free and open to the public. Donations from the heart are always welcome and help pay for brochure printing and venue rental.
Accessibility and Parking at the Falcon Heights Church:
- The meeting is on the main floor, with the entrance to building accessible via sidewalk from the curb.
- One gender-neutral/accessible bathroom and two single-gender bathrooms available on main floor.
- There is ample parking in lot across the street, including disability spots.
The next Minnesota Threshold Network Twin Cities meeting, “Working Respectfully with Trans and Nonbinary Communities,” will take place on:
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
St. Peder’s Lutheran Church
4600 E 42nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(click link for map)
Transgender and nonbinary people have existed for as long as human cultures have been creating genders, but some of our language and concepts may be new to you. Transgender and nonbinary individuals and communities may have different needs and face different challenges around end of life and after-death care than our cisgender peers. Join Minnesota Threshold Network on a journey through the wonderful world of trans and nonbinary terminology, current concerns, and what we in the deathcare field can do to ensure that our work respects this diverse and vibrant community.
Our guides on this exploration are:
- Root Holden (he/they), transgender podcaster and death educator
- Shannon TL Kearns (he), transgender playwright and theologian
- Eli Effinger-Weintraub (they), nonbinary MTN member and death radical
MTN facilitators: Eli Effinger-Weintraub and Anne Murphy
All Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public. Donations from the heart for space rental and printing materials are gladly accepted.
- Building is ADA compliant. There is no curb cut on the east side of the building (where we will be entering), but the entrance is accessible from the sidewalk. We will update later once we understand how to best access the sidewalk that leads to the door.
- Building has an all-gender restroom.
- Lights are either on/off, not dimmable.
- There is a furnace that occasionally will make one loud-ish hissing sound. It is unpredictable.
- Scented cleaning products are sometimes used in the space. Please limit your use perfumes, lotions, or other scented products as much as possible before the event.
RickyRides carpooling link: http://www.rickyrides.com/minnesota-threshold-network-january-meeting
The Minnesota Threshold Network Twin Cities December meeting will take place on
Tuesday, December 10th, from 7-9 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, Jackman Room
1919 LaSalle Ave South, Minneapolis (click for map)
(enter through Door #1 at the above address)
It’s holiday season. Loud messages of good cheer and celebration flood the shops and media airways. Holiday season can be a sacred time of deepening and solace, or it could be a time of stress and loneliness after the death of a loved one. Come join us to explore how you can make inner and outer spaces that support making room for feelings of grief and loss. We will explore how you can honor your own truth and the memory of your loved one throughout the holiday season and beyond.
MTN Facilitators: Ellen Hufschmidt, Chaplain and Grief Counselor; and Kyoto Katayama, Psychotherapist Emerita and Death Educator
The program is sponsored by Minnesota Threshold Network
and supported by Plymouth Congregational Church’s Mortality Project.
All Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public. Donations of the heart for space rental and printing materials are gladly accepted.
Accessibility info: We will be meeting in a lower level room, which is accessible by elevator. Some of the building’s restrooms are all-gender. Lighting levels are adjustable if needed.
New this month! If you’re interested in carpooling to the meeting, we have an event set up on RickyRides. Click here to ask for or offer a ride!
The next Minnesota Threshold Network Twin Cities meeting, Passion, Wisdom, Community, will be held on
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
1895 Laurel Ave, St. Paul MN 55104 (click for map)
Please join MTN for a recap and lively discussion on the National Home Funeral Alliance biennial national conference, which was held this October in Minnesota. Some of the conference participants and presenters will report on our experiences, including the mock vigil room, the Saturday night art share, heart connections, and more. We’ll share patterns we noticed, things we’re excited about, and actions we’re inspired to take next.
Participants may include:
- Anne Murphy
- Cat Campion
- Cindy Vernosky
- Ellen Hufschmidt
- Eli Effinger-Weintraub
- Karen Greer
- Kyoko Katayama
- Laurel Riedel
- Linda Bergh
- Linda Butler
- Syneva Barrett
- …and you!
St. Mary’s has both single- and all-gender restrooms and an elevator. All Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public; we gratefully accept donations to help pay for meeting spaces. Please feel free to contact us with questions.
The documentary “In The Parlor: The Final Good-Bye,” written by Heidi Boucher and directed by Heidi Boucher and Ruby Sketchley, is an intimate portrait of three families opting to care for their loved ones after death.
Watch the trailer here: http://intheparlordoc.com/trailer/
MTN Twin Cities invites you to a showing of “In the Parlor”
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7:00-9:00 pm
Falcon Heights Church, United Church of Christ
1795 Holton St, St Paul, MN 55113 (click for map)
MTN events are free and open to the public. Donations of the heart accepted.
A new play titled Stay With Me Awhile, by Mary E. Johnson and Barbara Means Fraser had its world premiere at the Rochester Civic Theatre in February of this year. The play focuses on the stories told by family and friends as they face the approaching death of their loved ones.
Vignettes from Stay With Me Awhile will be presented in Reader’s Theatre format at the next meeting of
Minnesota Threshold Network
Tuesday, December 11, 7-9:00 pm
Spirit of St. Stephen’s
2201 1st Ave S, Minneapolis 55404
(Entrance is on the corner of 1st Ave and 22nd St
street parking and a small lot for St Stephen’s is adjacent)
Following the readings there will be time for group discussion. Please join us as we hear the compelling stories of people leaving this life.
Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public. Donations of the heart accepted.
MN Threshold Network invites you to attend:
THE ART OF NATURAL DEATH CARE: a movie, discussion, and demonstration
The movie is Katelyn LaGrega’s documentary about loving, heart-felt, sacred, and compelling stories of how we can care for our own loved ones after death.
LEARN ABOUT NATURAL DEATH CARE:
•Options that exist no matter where someone dies for grief vigils and funerals
•Facts about legality and lowered costs
•Ways that open the heart when it hurts the most
•Demo on blessing or washing a loved one’s body
DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 7th (please VOTE on Tuesday the 6th!)
LOCATION: Nokomis Square Senior Coop
5015 35th Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55417
Community Room (parking and entrances in front and back of building).
FREE OF CHARGE. Treats welcome. Tea will be available. Donations of the heart accepted.
***Invite your own family members, such as adult children and grandchildren, and close friends (in other words, your “peeps”). It’s a great opportunity to have a the discussion that isn’t easy, but you may secretly want to have. Face the elephant in the room with support from this program.***
The annual MTN book sharing will be at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 12 (since our usual 2nd Tuesday is Rosh Hashanah this year). It will be at the home of Anne Murphy, 287 Mt. Curve Blvd, St. Paul.
Be thinking about your favorite death and dying book to share and/or swap. Go home with a reading list of great books for the rest of the year.