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Bridging the Political Divide with Parker Palmer | Learn how to walk through our divisive political climate with grace and peace. Author and activist Parker J. Palmer shares inspirational and practical knowledge on how Christians might approach deep political division.

Certificate in Vestry Leadership | Students and vestries can earn a certificate by completing all four, 45-minute courses, which will take an average learner a total of 3 hours. The courses are also available in a For Groups format, making them ideal for small group learning in vestry retreats or regular vestry meetings.

Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry Webinar |The Appreciative Way. Learn the fundamentals of the Appreciative Way, Conduct an Appreciative Inquiry into your life and work, Discover and articulate your core purpose for being, and more.

Members of the Association of Episcopal Deacons get a discount on online courses offered through the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (one of the SFF’s partners!). Check out their upcoming courses here.

Events and Courses

White Racial Frame Reading Group | Luther Seminary. We are a small group of people interested in racial justice, interested in how our white racial identity shapes us, challenges us and privileges us. We are passionate about racial justice and feel the need to more deeply understand our white racial framework.  Contact Carrie Carroll, to join in.

The Westminster Town Hall Forum| Minneapolis. Featured speakers on important topics this fall include Eddie Glaude, Jr, Glennon Doyle Melton, the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, and more.

February 4, 2017 – 10 consecutive Saturday mornings: ASDICircle Metamorphosis Community Racial Dialogue Circle | West St. Paul, MN. This reflective, interactive dialogue series is designed for those seeking to better understand the ways race and racism operate in our lives. ASDIC Circles enable greater clarity of thinking, strength of relationship, and effectiveness of action in addressing systemic racism. Community ASDIC Circles, such as this one, are open to everyone. Each week participants gather to create a safe place for risk-taking, community formation, and acting with care and confidence.

February 8 – May 18, 2017: Leadership, Organizing, and Action: Leading Change | Harvard Kennedy School, Online. Learn how to organize communities to mobilize their resources to create the power they need to make change. Effective organizing requires learning to identify, recruit, and develop leadership, build community around that leadership, and build power from the resources of that community. This course offers a unique opportunity to learn on line by interacting with leaders of civic associations, social movements, advocacy groups and nonprofits around the world and Professor Marshall Ganz of Harvard Kennedy School.

February 9, ongoing for 6 non-consecutive Thursdays: Group Spiritual Direction | St. Kate’s, St. Paul. This course will prepare participants to offer Group Spiritual Direction (GSD) through skill development and consideration of logistical issues in the ministry. It will include both practice of GSD and comparison of GSD with other small group models, as well as with one-on-one spiritual direction.For those with some ministry experience.

March 2, 2017: “In Times Such as These What Can Allies Do?” | Twin Cities Interfaith Network, Luther Seminary. This meeting is being held to discuss what we can do as  allies to lend support to our neighbors in Minnesota affected by the Executive Orders and immigration actions. There will be speakers from CAIR-MN, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and the Advocates for Human Rights.

March 10, 2017: Spiritual Listening Training | St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis. City House is offering a workshop in spiritual listening for those interested in learning more about how to listen with the heart and increase their capacity to relate to people living on the margins. The workshop includes all materials and lunch at a cost of $75.  Scholarships available.

March 11, 2017: “Living without Enemies” Workshop with Sam Wells | St. John the Evangelist, St. Paul. Renowned Anglican ethicist and theologian, the Rev. Dr. Sam Wells, will be coming to discuss our all-parish Lenten read, Living Without Enemies. On Saturday, Mar 11, the Rev. Dr. Wells will present an all-day workshop on the theology, ethical implications, and practical wisdom for the work of reconciliation. He will also preach at 8am and 10am worship on Sunday, Mar 12.

March 14 – 18, 2017: The Art of Teaching Spiritual Discernment | Dubose Conference Center, TN. The Beecken Center is partnering with Listening Hearts Ministries to offer an intensive, four-day retreat to train participants in the art of facilitating and mentoring spiritual discernment groups using the Listening Hearts approach.

March 18, 2017: City House Pilgrimage | Minneapolis. City House Pilgrimages are a day of reflection, urban immersion, learning, and exploration in the city.  We will learn about homelessness and poverty while building relationships and deeper connections in the community. Email Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer ( for more information.

March 22-24, 2017: Trinity Institute: Water Justice | Trinity, Wall Street, New York City. Water is a gift. Water is life. As water crises increase, access to safe and clean drinking water decreases. From Flint to Standing Rock, many of today’s most pressing social issues revolve around water. Faith communities worldwide can help.

April 20-22, 2017: Who Am I Really? Discerning Aspects of the Soul Through the Spirituality of the Enneagram | The Beecken Center, Sewanee, TN. Through lectures, dynamic presentations, music, video, group work, and more, this weekend conference—led by Joseph B. Howell, Ph.D., author of Becoming Conscious: The Enneagram’s Forgotten Passageway—will teach participants to immerse in the deeper aspects of themselves as revealed by spiritual truths.

April 2017 – October 2017: Academy for Leaders with the Center for Courage and Renewal | Oak Ridge, Chaska. Sustainable, courageous leadership hinges on your ability to know your own values and act on them. When you’re true to yourself, and true with others, that authenticity translates into trust. And trustworthy relationships translate into more effective, wholehearted leaders, teams and results.

May 9 & 13, 2017: Marriage Matters | Nativity Episcopal Church, Burnsville.  For dating, engaged, or married couples. A workshop based on the Prepare/Enrich curriculum that will cover topics like: communication, conflict resolution, personality similarities and differences, family of origin, etc. Contact Nativity ( for more info and to register.

May 23, 2017: “Building Bridges–National and Global Politics and Religious Tensions” | Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul. Dean Gregory Sterling of Yale Divinity School will address the role of religion as a source of conflict and as a source of peace. He will discuss how religion can serve as a means to build bridges rather than walls.

May 28 – June 2: Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive | Austin, TX. Gain competency in the Spanish language and an understanding of Hispanic culture.

June 3, 2017: “Living Out Our Baptismal Covenant” with Fredrica Harris Thompsett | St. John the Evangelist, St. Paul. A church historian, author, professor, and a deeply talented preacher, Fredrica Harris Thompsett will be visiting to speak on baptismal living and the ministry of the baptized.  She will lead an all-day workshop Saturday, June 3 entitled: “If not you, who? If not now, when? Living out our Baptismal Covenant.” She will also preach at 8am and 10am on June 4.

June 5 – 9, 2017: Summer Institute for Reconciliation | Duke Divinity School, Center for Reconciliation, NC. Rooted in Duke Divinity School’s conviction that reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel, the Summer Institute for Reconciliation draws on the strengths of a faculty of world-class scholars and practitioners. The institute is nurtured by the deepening formation, teaching, and content of a biblical vision of reconciliation that inspires and ferments a movement of transformed communities and relationships.

June 11 – 16, 2017: Building Congregational Capacity for Hispanic Ministry | Austin, TX. Designed for congregational leaders in those congregations where consideration is being given to starting Hispanic Ministry in their community. Teams from congregations are encouraged to attend.

Ongoing: ECMN Faith Formation Network | Twin Cities / email group. Contact Marion Hunner at St. Christopher’s, Roseville to be added to the email list. Monthly meetings.


Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America, edited by Catherine Meeks. This book is a report from the front, combining personal stories and theoretical and theological reflection with examples of the work of dismantling racism and methods for creating the much-needed “safe space” for dialogue on race to occur.

Faithful Neighbors by Robert Heaney, Zeyneb Sayilgan, and Claire Haymes, from Church Publishing, outlines an introduction to the rationale for interfaith work through both theological and practical viewpoints, using stories from real experiences of interfaith cooperation to offer encouragement, inspiration, and practical steps to do the same.

These Are Our Bodies by Leslie Choplin and Jenny Beaumont, from Church Publishing, addresses foundational issues for how we are called to have conversations about our sexuality within a faith community. Looking at sexuality through the lenses of growth and change, we can explore values and intentionality. Individuals and churches can use this technique to build upon this theological grounding.

Examen: a prayer app from Loyola Press

By the Rivers PodcastCheck out this episode with ECMN’s own John Bellaimy.

The Road Back to You: Looking at Life Through the Lens of the Enneagram by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. Check out the podcast!

Faith Formation 4.0 by Julie Lytle, Ph.D

E-Formation 2016: Webinar Videos

Facing Decline, Finding Hope: New Possibilities for Faithful Churches by Jeffrey D. Jones