Invitation: Hopework Supper, Sunday, January 23
From: Lynn Englund (
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 15:12:38 -0800 (PST)
Dear Hopework Friends,

John and I hope your holidays were warm and merry and that the beginning of 2011 finds you well. We invite you to join us for the first Hopework supper and story circle of 2011 on Sunday, January 23, from 4:00-7:00 PM.

The last story circle and supper of 2010 was Thanksgiving weekend, way back in November. Seems a long time ago now, but the stories about our holiday rituals and celebrations stayed alive for a long time with me. They brought to mind the joyful and intimately close times that we have shared with friends and family, the mix of emotions we have experienced around receiving and giving gifts in a consumerist society, and how challenging it is to deal with people's differing expectations for how the holidays and family gatherings should be. The stories shared also made vivid how enjoyable it was to be in good company that night, meeting new friends and catching up with others I haven't seen for a while.

The topic for January's story circle is "sliding." There's been plenty of snow for recreational sliding this winter on the slopes, and unintentional sliding on icy sidewalks and roads. But I'm also intrigued withe the idea of "sliding" as an image for how we get into and out of things in life. I suppose the image applies starting at birth with our "sliding" into this world and ends with us "sliding" out of this life and into what ever is next. We seem to do a lot of sliding during our time on Earth as well. What memories does the image of "sliding" bring to the surface for you? Please join us on the 23rd to share a story of a time when you slid into or out of something in life, such as a relationship, a job, a habit, or way of life. I'm interested to understand the ways in which we find sliding a useful image or way to describe what sometimes happens in life, and to think about how it works.

Date: Sunday, January 23, 2011.

RSVP: Please let us know by Saturday night (1/22) how many plan to attend. Call or email if you have any questions. I have room for about 12 people around the table (and at least 20 if we move it out of the way!)

Time: Arrive at 4:00 pm (3:00 pm if you would like to be on my cooking and setup team). The meal will begin at 4:30 pm. We usually finish telling stories and cleaning up about 7:00 pm.

Menu: Bring a dish or a favorite beverage to share. I'll provide a main dish (usually vegetarian) and will make coffee and offer an assortment of teas.

Topic: Sliding into and out of things in our lives.

For those of you who are new, Hopework is the practice of creating spaces for people to get to know and like each other and to find renewed hope and purpose with and from each other. Hopework' suppers and story circle evenings are a way to reconnect with friends who have shared in our work and to meet new acquaintances who share our interests. Each month we look forward to greeting Hopework friends, Philosophy Camp/Lives Worth Living alumni and fellows, and making new friends and acquaintances.

This year we will meet on the 4th Sundays of most months. Please join us when you can! Future dates: February 27, March 27, April 24 (last Hopework supper until September 2011).


Lynn Englund and John Wallace
The Metro Lofts
2650 University Ave West, #315
Saint Paul, MN 55114

651-646-0069 (home)
612-710-7287 (cell)

Map and directions:

Park on University Ave. near Dunn Bros. Metro Lofts' entrance is on
the east side of the building, just past the Dunn Bros. entrance.

Push "451" on the security box to have John buzz you into the building.
The elevator is to the right of the lobby. Turn left on the 3rd floor
when you get off; we're in unit 315.

Lynn Englund
lynn [at]

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