There are powerful Black History Month performances, lectures, and justice opportunities happening around the state.

There are also transformative Lenten spiritual practice offerings both online and out-and-about.

Find our favorites here. Let us know if you discover one we should add by emailing us here.

We’ll keep updating these as opportunities present themselves.

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EVERYDAY CONTEMPLATIVE: A LENTEN ONLINE EXPERIENCE WITH ROGER OWENS

What does it mean to be contemplative? Stereotypical pictures of contemplative types are abundant, but what if the word contemplative simply describes any life that seeks to be more open, available, and responsive to God? This Lent, Roger Owens invites participants to approach prayer and life differently using his book: Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living.

Join the free webinar to learn more about how this rich material can companion participants through the season of Lent. All who register will receive a free guide to using Everyday Contemplative for small groups this Lent.

Register for the free webinar here.

[January 30, 2023; 6:30 PM CT]

The Lenten ecourse, Everyday Contemplative: A Lenten Online Experience with Roger Owens includes 40 days exploring a contemplative approach applicable to all spiritual practices – indeed, to life itself. Save 30% by registering before January 31.

Register for the online Lenten experience here.

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RONDO ’56: REMEMBERING ST PAUL’S BLACK MAIN STREET

A portrait in music, stories, and archival photos of St Paul’s thriving Black neighborhood in the’40s and ’50s, before it was sliced down the middle to make room for Interstate 94. Starring T Mychael Rambo, Thomasina Petrus, Charmin Michelle and Dam Chouinard, plus a stellar band. Post-show community conversation with refreshments featuring show creator Dan Chouinard, cast members, and grown-up children from Rondo neighborhood.

Free-will offering with reservations strongly encouraged.

Learn more and register here OR

Learn more, RSVP, and share with friends at the Facebook event.

Sunday, February 5, 2023; 7:00 PM CT

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ADDICTION & LENT

Lent is a time we feel the pain of loss and the promise of new life to come. It is a season that calls us to reflect on many of the same themes we see in stories of addiction and recovery. Churches and pastors across the country have found Lent a helpful time to engage their congregations and communities in reflection on the challenges of addiction in our society and the hope the Church can bring for healing.

Join CAF board member and author Timothy McMahon King to talk about how you can engage your church around addiction issues this upcoming Lent. He’ll provide insights from his book, Addiction Nation: What the Opioid Crisis Reveals about Us, and an accompanying 6-part study guide.

The zoom meeting will allow for Q&A.

Learn more and register for the link here.

February 9, 2023; 11:00 AM CT

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JOHNNIE FELDER CHORAL RECITAL CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

All are welcome to a special choral recital with tenor Johnnie Felder and White Bear Lake UMC’s chancel choir, celebrating Black History Month through sacred music. Johnnie Felder is an expressive opera singer with solo concert and recital virtuosity, as well.

This concert is free and open to the public.

White Bear Lake UMC (map)

Learn more here.

Thursday, February 16 2023; 7:00 PM CT (add to calendar)

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HOWARD THURMAN & MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR ONLINE RETREAT

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, take an online retreat to reflect on the life and work of Howard Thurman, spiritual guide to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Led by Lerita Coleman Brown.

Registration is open; the retreat is available through March 1, 2023.

Group discounts are available.

Learn more and register here.