WomenSpirit presents a public lecture by local author Margaret Wurtele, who will discuss “Wintering: How Darkness Can Transform Our Lives,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at House of Hope Presbyterian Church, 797 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Tickets for the performance are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Wurtele grew up in an agnostic family. In her forties she began a spiritual journey that led her to the Episcopal church, a “turning” she chronicled in her first book, Taking Root: A Spiritual Memoir, published by St. Mary’s Press. Three months after the book was finished, in August 1995, her 22-year-old son and only child was killed in a climbing accident on Mount Rainier. She has completed a second memoir about her son, his death, and her process of healing.

Wurtele has acknowledged that her journey of coming alive spiritually gave her the tools she would not have had otherwise to cope with the shock, grief and loss of her son.

She is a board member of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the Episcopal House of Prayer in Collegeville. A former managing director of the Dayton Hudson Foundation, she is one of the owners of Ruminator (Hungry Mind) Press.

Her lecture is sponsored by WomenSpirit, an ecumenical volunteer collaboration of Twin Cities organizations that schedules events which explore and reflect on women’s spirituality. Member organizations include: St. Thomas’ Luann Dummer Center for Women, the Basilica of St. Mary’s Women’s Spirituality Program, the Benedictine Center at St. Paul’s Monastery, the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, St. Olaf Catholic Church, Wisdom Ways Resource Center for Spirituality at the College of St. Catherine and the Women-Becoming Program at the League of Catholic Women.

For tickets, call Ticket Works, (612) 343-3390. No service charge will be assessed.

If you have questions, call Pat Alexander in the Luann Dummer Center for Women, (651) 962-6119.



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