Archive: August, 2012

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UPCOMING EVENTS

September 26, 2012  Befriender Training: Caring For Those With Dementia St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights, MN September 30, 2012  Scripture Study: Prayer-Conversations With God Golden Valley Lutheran Church Golden Valley, MN October 2-3, 2012 – Wisconsin Retired Pastors Conference-LCMS Spirituality and Aging Embracing The Next Chapter: A Positive Look at Aging October 7, 2012  Scripture […]

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Memory Care Support and Prayer Group – September 11, 2012

The memory care support and prayer group that I lead at the St. Paul Monastery (2675 Benet Road, St. Paul, MN 55109) continues to meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. The group will continue to meet throughout the fall. This setting provides a safe place for those who are caregivers […]

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FIRST SESSION FREE

The first session of Spiritual Direction with Steve Arnold is free. This provides an opportunity to explore the concept of Spiritual Direction with no obligation to continue. The first session is a time to converse, explore, pray and seek God’s direction Spiritual direction is a process by which a person joins with another who serves […]

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TRANSITIONS IN THE LIFE JOURNEY: Rembrandt and Falling Upward

I had an incredible experience at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) Rembrandt display. I ended up spending three hours with the exhibit and I intend to go back. Two pieces that I had never seen before were Rembrandt’s portrayals of St. Bartholomew (Commemoration on August 24). There are at least two other portrayals of […]

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Getting “Stuck” In the Spiritual Journey

There is a time in each our lives that we get “stuck” along the way in our spiritual journey. Getting stuck can take on many forms, but it is usually a time of plateau in growth, a time of complacency, a time of boredom. It is like being caught in the Bermuda Triangle of spirituality. […]

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