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Hope tops our list in this First Week of Advent:

Join Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality in a two-part retreat, The Hope Journey: A Way Forward in Fraught Times and/or The Plural Guild and The Many in their new weekly podcast, Brokenhearted and Brave: Devotions for Renewal and Resistance.

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Let hope settle in with a little self-care:

Join The Basilica of St Mary presenting Dr. Henry Emmons discussing The Science of Hope: Blending New Science and Ancient Wisdom to Sustain a Healthy Mind, Mood and Heart; the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation offers opportunities for Caring for the Life of Spiritual Leaders through Tending the Call, or join them for their annual Christmas Quiet or New Years Eve Quiet Pause; and the MN Annual Conference UMC is providing a panel of therapeutic and pastoral experts leading a four-part webinar series to discuss Mental Health and Care: Coping with Stress during This Season and Beyond.

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Deepen that personal care with renewed contemplative practices: embark on a 30-Day Journey with either Emily Dickinson or Julian of Norwich (both Broadleaf) and be enriched for months to come with the plethora of opportunities provided in Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Thin Places.

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Share the hope more broadly by inviting others to join you in Loyola Spirituality Center’s Advent Retreat: Spiritual Imagination and the Nativity – three Saturdays in December (5, 12, & 19) and/or enjoy their every-Thursday Morning Centering Prayer or Evening Examen and/or Benedictine Center’s Advent Women in Song and Scripture: part Bible study / part concert!

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To nurture and develop hope in the home this Advent, check out The Ministry Lab’s collaboration with The MN Conference UCC, Danger Boat Productions and Doing Good Together: Family Connections Toolkits for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany; Rachel Keefe’s fun and engaging Advent Calendar for 2020; or Traci Smith’s Three Ways to Create Sacred Moments at Home this Advent.

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And last, but certainly not least: give hope feet: get grounded with Padraig O Tuama’s, The Us, The We, The Our – both the post and its fantastic reading and listening suggestions; get fired up with Rev. Angela Denker’s The End of Dialogue?; be inspired by Dr. Reggie Williams and Rev. Dr. Dennis Edwards’ conversation exploring faith, race, and politics; and be empowered by A Sanctified Art’s Lisle Gwynn Garretty’s Holding Space for Both the Pastoral and the Prophetic this Advent Season.