Writing is a way to listen—to oneself, to the voice of God whispering in your heart and mind. Writing is a way to understand—what is most important to you, where the hurts and regrets and sorrows continue to live, and who you are becoming. Writing is a way to remember and share—the joys, the stories, the places and people. Writing is a way to grow into compassion—for others, for yourself. Writing is a way to deepen your relationship to God. Writing is a way to journey towards the person you were created to be.
This summer you are invited to a series of writing sessions taught by members of Gloria Dei who are writers. Sessions will focus on topics related to the gifts and challenges of the Third Chapter stage of life—memories, grief and loss, meaning and purpose, wisdom gained over the years, and the faith journey.
- Each session is a stand-alone session. You do not need to attend all of the sessions. Attend one or as many as you want.
- No experience as a writer is needed.
- Each session will include some content, writing prompts and time to write, as well as time to share, if willing.
- A different facilitator will lead each session.
- All sessions are free, but you must register for each one you plan to attend.
The Schedule (Note: Sessions are scheduled for different times and days of the week.)
- Thursday, June 13, 1:30-3:00, Colonial Room. “A Toolbox for Sharing My Stories” led by Jan Borgschatz. Jan’s Masters Program at Hamline University enhanced her ability to teach the writing process to students. Since her retirement from elementary school teaching, Jan has led workshops on “Writing Your Faith Stories” in churches.
- Tuesday, June 18, 1:30-3:00, Colonial Room. “Writing About the Spiritual Vocation of Friendship” led by Deanna Thompson. Deanna has taught religion (and writing in religion) at Hamline University for 23 years and soon will be moving to St Olaf College to be the inaugural director of the Lutheran Center for Faith, Values, and Community. She is the author of five books and many articles. Visit Deanna’s website here.
- Monday, June 24, 1:30-3:00, Colonial Room. “Out of the Ashes: Transformed By Death” led by Lenore Franzen. In 2010 Lenore lost her husband and mother within five days. Building on a career in communications and a love of language, she is writing a memoir about her own transformation following loss. She has published several books, a short story, articles and essays. Visit Lenore’s website here.
- Monday, July 15, 1:30-3:00, Colonial Room. “Your Own Words: Writing Through the Good Times and the Bad” by Martha Wegner. Martha has written the following books: Dear David: Dealing with My Son’s Addiction One Letter at a Time, Embracing Laura: The Grief and Healing Following the Death of an Infant Twin, How Can I Help?: Suggestions for People Who Care About Someone Whose Baby Died Before Birth, and Poetry in Slow Motion: Navigating Parkinson’s Disease. Visit Martha’s website here, and see her blog here.
- Wednesday, July 31, 1:30-3:00, Colonial Room. “What’s Important to You? Writing an Ethical Will” led by Ruth Halvorson. Ruth is a retired retreat center director and spiritual companion/friend who enjoys spending time with family, including grandchildren and great grandchildren, reading, special writing projects, volunteering, and other opportunities for learning and growing.
- Monday, August 5, 7:00-8:30, The Gathering Place. “Gateway to the Soul: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice” led by Nancy Agneberg. Nancy is a spiritual director, a retreat leader, teacher of spiritual practices, and a writer, currently writing a spiritual memoir. She has been published in a variety of periodicals, including Bella Grace, and posts on her blog, “Clearing the Space, One Woman’s Spirituality in the Wisdom Years”.
- Wednesday, August 21, 1:30-3:00, The Gathering Place. “Who Am I NOW?” led by Ann Niedringhaus. Ann started writing seriously in late middle age. In the last twenty years her writing—poetry, prose, essays—have been published in a wide range of literary journals, anthologies, radio and web outlets, and in poetry chapbooks: Life Suspended and Parallel to the Horizon.