Take a look at some of the events we've hosted and been apart of recently.
Recovering from Religion:
Toxic Theology, PTSD, and the Road to Healing
April 6-9, 2016 The Open Book - Minneapolis, MN
Religion plays a major role in the lives of millions, especially in our early formative
years. Sometimes this formation is positive. But far too often it’s not. Toxic theology,
any theological system that fosters trauma or abuse, is all too common in the Christian
Some, but not all, of the hallmarks of toxic theology are:
a violent image of God
constant threats of torture and punishment in Hell for all eternity
continued and intense focus on the basic badness of humanity and our
and the fundamental rejection of certain types of people (for example LGBT
people) by God
Using a variety of learning styles, Recovering from Religion engaged our hearts,
minds, and bodies allowing us to address what may well be the number one cause of
PTSD in our country, repeated exposure to toxic theology as a child. Through lectures,
panel discussions, artistic presentations, and contemplative practices, we addressed
this important issue and explore ways to recover and heal.
Conference Sponsored by The Academy for Spiritual Formation
Seeking an Integrated Reality:
A Conference on Science and Spirituality
September 19-22, 2012 MICAH Retreat Center - Rural Crookston, MN
People in our culture have come to view the various aspects of our lives as separate and distinct. Yet we are embodied beings, integrated whole organisms and components of an integrated universe. Using the observations and experience of both science and the contemplative life, this unique event explored the different facets of our existence to understand how they contribute to our intertwined reality.
Topics included: Health and Healing; Science and Theology; Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture; Sustainability and Stewardship; and Creativity and Contemplation.
March 31 - April 1, 2012 Young Life’s Castaway Club - Detroit Lakes, MN
November 18-21, 2011 Alerus Center - Grand Forks, MN
Daniel Wolpert and Trey Everett were the keynote speakers for the Northwestern Minnesota Synod youth gatherings in 2011 and 2012. In 2011 Trey and Dan walked through the theme verses of Romans 12:2 and Psalm 46:10 and taught prayer practices through example and drama.
You can watch their 2011 keynote on YouTube:
2013 NWMN Synod Assembly
June 8-10, 2013 Concordia College - Moorhead, MN
Dan Wolpert and Trey Everett were the keynote speakers at the Northwestern Minnesota Synod (ELCA) Synod Assembly. They led times of learning about and practicing prayer through skits, reflection, and Trey’s use of Holy Doodles which he drew spontaneously throughout Dan’s presentations. More information...