Invitation to Hopework Supper, Sunday, Nov. 27
From: Lynn Englund (
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 07:14:47 -0800 (PST)
Dear Hopework Friends,

At this time of Thanksgiving, I want to acknowledge my gratitude for the many relationships that sustain me. I am especially grateful for the love and care that I receive daily from John and my mother, Joanne, in our third floor community of two households. Hopework friends also inspire and sustain me. I am grateful for the opportunity to hear and witness the deep motivating forces, ideals, and experiences shared by those of you who attend Hopework suppers. I am glad you are in the world!

It is a wonder to me that about a dozen people show up at Hopework every month and that there are often new faces and people I haven't seen in a while. Amazing how that seems to just work out. "May the the circle be open but never broken" is a favorite line used by my women's circle. I am grateful for the permeability of Hopework's boundaries-- being open to welcoming new friends and willing to let go of those who leave, always open to their return.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. If you are free, please join John and me this Sunday, from 4:00-7:30 PM, for a simple meal, then a circle to share hopes and possibilities for bringing something new to those large or small places where our lives meet the world. Put voice to what you know is possible, share the "gaps" you observe between how things are and how you would like them to be, the actions that call you to stay inside your hopes, and the shifts of vision that occur as you meet the challenges on your journey. Together we will witness each other's possibilities, nurture connections and friendships, and celebrate the steps we take on our journeys.

November Hopework Supper and Circle

Date: Sunday, November 27, 2011.

RSVP: Please let us know by Saturday night (11/26) 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 (or at 3:00 pm if you would like to visit and
be on my cooking and setup team). The meal will begin at 4:30 pm. We
usually finish telling stories and cleaning up about 7:30 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 my
assortment of teas.

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:
December (no gathering)
January 22
February 26
March 25
April 22

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:

CONSTRUCTION ALERT: Traffic on University Ave is now open in one lane on both sides of the LRT tracks. Park on the street to the south of the building and come up the back stairs, or park in the large lot off of University Ave.

Push "451" on the security box to have John buzz you into the building, or "300" for Lynn. 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
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