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

The Vigil Continuum: Caring for Our Loved Ones from Pre-Death

The Minnesota Threshold Network invites you to a free Public Forum

The Vigil Continuum:

Caring for Our Loved Ones from Pre-Death

to Post-Deathpath

Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church1895 Laurel Ave, St Paul, MN, 55104. Unmetered on-street parking available.

Forum topics include:

  • Holding a vigil in the last days or hours of life

  • Holding an after-death family-directed vigil

  • Legal issues involved with vigils

Featured guests include State Representative Carolyn Laine and former Rochester Mayo chaplain Mary E. Johnson of The Vigil Project.

October Event: Death Over Dinner

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Join us for a potluck dinner and engage in a conversation that we usually keep under the table. This is not meant to be a morbid conversation, but instead a very human one where we consider what we want, both in life and during its closure. Through sharing our thoughts and feelings on this subject, we can more readily move through our fears, shed inhibitions, and forge deeper understanding and connection with our loved ones.
Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30pm
Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church
To learn more about this unique project, visit http://deathoverdinner.org/.

So that we can have starting places for our shared conversations, we have selected a few “homework” assignments for all of us to read, watch, and listen to before we gather at the table. They are very short but are quite engaging, informative, and inspiring.

READ: To One Who Will Shortly Die
Walt Whitman’s poem eloquently invites us to face our impermanence without dread.

WATCH: You only die once. Engage with Grace.
Eliza Founder, Alexandra Drane delivers a passionate talk about the need to discuss end of life decisions, and how we can approach this topic with grace and dignity. At the heart of this short video is a powerful story of losing a family member to cancer.

LISTEN: What Doesn’t Kill You
Tig was diagnosed with cancer. A week later she went on stage in Los Angeles and did a now-legendary set about her string of misfortunes. Please listen from 3:04 – 15:35.

February movie night: “This Dewdrop World” connects individual death to planetary loss

February 10, 2015, 7-9 pm Movie Night: This Dewdrop World, an award-winning documentary that interweaves two unfolding stories: climate chaos and a filmmaker shocked by her mother’s ALS diagnosis. The planetary story mirrors the personal journey of learning how best to respond to rapid, catastrophic change.
Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1895 Laurel, Saint Paul. For more information, contact Anne Murphy at annievmurph @ gmail.com or 651-964-9128. Free and open to all.

“This precious jewel of a film opens us to inner resources for accepting and responding to the inevitability of climate change. It accomplishes this with heart-wrenching beauty, by interweaving two stories: that of the filmmaker’s mother facing her death by ALS, and that of . . . the realities of climate chaos. Each story brings exquisite teachings about how to tolerate impermanence . . . . I want everyone I know and do not know to be refreshed, nourished and emboldened by This Dewdrop World.”  

– Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy

​For a trailer of This Dewdrop World, click here.