• Shush Your Dragon: Contemplative Silence

    East Side Neighborhood Services

    Silence and contemplation are key to doing the inner work of our individual hero's journey. So, prior to each "Becoming Undone" Sunday Gathering, we'll offer a time for contemplative silence. Our practice will be informed by Centering Prayer, an ancient Christian practice of silent meditation. It is about detaching from thoughts and making room for the hidden work of God/Source/Universe in our subconscious/inner being. Please arrive promptly. We'll have a brief time to check in, and then we'll settle into 20 minutes of silence. Come experience shhhhhh. Then stay for Easter with Intertwine and a cup of coffee!

  • Easter with Intertwine: The Ordeal - Befriending Death

    East Side Neighborhood Services

    Free Event | Open to the Public | East Side Neighborhood Services[masked]nd St NE, MPLS | Kid-Friendly | Tiny Footprint Coffee & Light Breakfast Snacks Provided ... Come celebrate Easter with Intertwine. Feel free to wear pastels and bonnets and what not, or come in your Goth garb from high school. Or just come as you are. We’re creating a morning of befriending death and celebrating now through music, art, story, and even some magic! We'll be joined by Jules Bonde - hospice musician, spiritual director, and mother. Jules will share stories about how she has befriended death through walking with loved ones in their dying process, including that of her son, Hans, who passed from a brain tumor when he was in the fourth grade. It’s baffling, but Jules speaks of those months moving towards Hans’ death as the most joyful and significant time in her family’s life. It was a time of presence. Gratitude. Love. Let’s be clear. This is not a morning of celebrating death. Death comes with loss and suffering, but it also brings an invitation to full and new life, if we let it. One thing that Hans’ death gave birth to is The Dragonfly Project, a compassion-filled movement to care for grieving families by sending them a condolence and care package three to six months after a loved one’s death. The package includes the story of a dragonfly – a beautiful story of wonder and connection. Come join us on Easter for a meaningful, hopeful, and compassion-filled morning. Expect laughter, maybe some tears, story and music. We’ll also experience a magic trick that will invite us to see beyond our illusions of separateness. And, we’ll help prepare some Dragonfly Project care packages to share love and hope with grieving families. … Death is all around us. It's how life works. It's even happening within us right this moment as the cells of our body move through their life and death cycle. Death is what makes room for life. Yet so much energy in our lives and in our human ways of being is spent keeping death at a distance. We marginalize death. We make death a monster. And, ironically, this spending of our life energy resisting death increases our suffering and hastens our bid D, Death, along. But what if we turn towards death with compassion and acceptance? What if we move through our fears, and we make room to listen to death. What if, instead of making it a monster, we befriend it? What may death teach us? What may our embracing of all those small deaths and even the big Death allow? What new life might grow from deaths compost? ... We're kicking off 2019 with a new series called "Becoming Undone." It seems that letting go - trying and failing and trying again - this is how we learn and grow. It's how life works and how we journey well. Becoming Undone is a continuation of our exploration of the Hero's Journey (Joseph Campbell). We've "crossed the threshold" and are now starting on the "road of trials" - this time of testing out those hero abilities we have in us. We get to create lives of compassion, curiosity and creativity. And we get to do it with the support of community. That's POWER IN TOGETHER!