Community Events

Viking Myths of Minnesota’s Kensington Rune Stone — and What Those Myths Reveal About the (Mis)Shaping of Identity in the Face of the Religious and Racial Other

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
7:00 p.m.
American Swedish Institute
Larson Hall, Nelson Cultural Center
2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Free and open to the public

David M. Krueger is a storyteller, scholar, author, and educator who is passionate about public history and social justice. His areas of expertise include American religious history, violence, myths, and popular culture. Dr. Krueger will discuss what Minnesota’s Viking myths reveal about anxieties related to religious and racial diversity that persist to the present day. Read more

Staying Connected in Times of Disagreement, Hurt, or Regret: The Practical Tools of Connecting Communication/NVC

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul MN 55105
Sponsored by Sacred Ground

We’re living in a time where factious, aggressive and hurtful language is more and more part of everyday life. How do we respond? Connecting Communication (also known as Nonviolent Communication) is a communication and awareness practice that facilitates greater clarity and compassion toward ourselves and others. In this program we will learn concrete ways to transform judgment, anger, and fear to compassion for ourselves and others. The tools we will learn also help strengthen trust between people of different ages and cultures. Most of our learning will be in the form of interactive games, examples, and a role-play with a real situation, and we will go home with resources for continuing to learn and practice this powerful model.

Groundings is the newly expanded program of professional development that has been a core part of Sacred Ground’s education mission for a number of years. Offered the third Tuesday of the month from September to April – with a break in December – Groundings brings together the opportunities of continuing education within the unique framework of Sacred Ground’s ministry. All programs are from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul MN 55105. Free parking next to the building. Admission per program is $20; $15 for Sacred Ground Members; free to Sacred Ground students and one free admission for a first-time visitor. For more information go to

Pam Winthrop Lauer grew her spiritual direction and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) practices gradually over 15 years while raising her children and caring for her husband who was ill. In 2015, with her children launched and her husband recovering, Pam left a part-time job to meet full-time with spiritual directees and NVC coaches, teach NVC classes, lead interfaith spiritual direction groups and volunteer as an interfaith leader. Pam has taken hundreds of hours of NVC training and participates in weekly Torah study groups, focusing on Hasidic mindfulness and mysticism. Pam’s spiritual direction certification is from Lev Shomea Jewish Spiritual Direction Training of 2001-2003. Read more

Practicing Zen Buddhism in Minnesota

Presented by Busshō Lahn

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
12 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Iversen Hearth Room (room 340), Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas in collaboration with the Project for Mindfulness and Contemplation at the University of St. Thomas

Christianity in Hindu India

Presented by Busshō Lahn

Thursday, November 1, 2018
7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Church of Saint Cecilia Fellowship Hall
2357 Bayless Place, Saint Paul, MN 55114
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center and the Church of Saint Cecilia