MWP Conversations: Healing in Community

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First Unitarian Society

900 Mount Curve Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55403

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Minnesota Women's Press finds storytellers and experts thanks to community input. We share them in our magazine pages and on, as well as in this new #MWPConversations series.

The MWP Conversations series is about using the power of women to shift narratives and effect change. How does trauma impact all of us, what solutions deserve support, and how can we build stronger trauma-informed community and policy?

Deeper dive: Our ability to inflict trauma makes us weaker as a society. Addiction and suicide and violence to others are responses to abuse, assault, being marginalized and ignored, and generational trauma — and in turn creates additional cycles of trauma to others. Requiring individuals to seek treatment to being traumatized is not the smartest approach. What can community do differently to be part of the solution? This is the focus of our January 15 event, "Healing in Community."


4:30-5pm Social connections and conversations

Social time, registration, wine/tea/coffee ... visit tables that provide resources about the science and healing of trauma, legislative action, and more

5-6pm Opening Session

Women's Press editor Mikki Morrissette opens with a conversation with Ashley Powell, a young North Minneapolis woman who has examined community trauma ... Eileen Hudon, a Native elder who works in sexual assault healing ... Patricia Cumbie, who authored a book about how she reclaimed her body after assault through belly dancing ... Patrice Salmeri about the science and stigma of addiction ... and Chris Stark, about the impact of generational trauma. The session will introduce participants to the breakout session options where groups will take deeper dives in conversation.

  • Sadly, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are so common that the state is investing $4.9 million in mediating the effects of trauma and other mental health services in schools. We'll discuss how ACEs have long-term impact on brain development.

6-6:45pm Mingling, food, and music

Social time and conversation, visit tables of information, buffet food thanks to Tracy Yue

7-8pm Diving Deeper: Breakout Sessions (more names to be confirmed)

  • Resilience & Adversity: A conversation about how to build a stronger system for addressing adverse childhood experiences. To include: representatives of Minnesota Communities Caring for Children Lisa Deputie and Linsey McMurrin ... Donna Minter, Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute ... Libby Bergman, Family Enhancement Center. Moderated by Carol Koepp.

  • Acknowledging Impact: Why trauma is not ‘something in the past to forget about.’ A moderated conversation among trauma survivors led by Shaundelle Darris.

  • Treatment & Solutions: How can the effects of trauma be mitigated? A discussion about evidence-based treatment that might deserve more support, funding, legislative action. What is the measurable impact of animal therapy, EMDR and SMART therapy, yoga/body movement, meditation, and more? Conversation led by Molly Glasgow. To include: Angela Zaun Oliswang, Terra Firma ... Heather Jeffrey, Acres for Life ... Kelly Tope, Farmaste ... Sylvia Bartley, author of "Turning the Tide" and Senior Global Director at Medtronic... and Ambryn Melius and Mara Bliss, Family Enhancement Center.

  • Talking Addiction: What does the science of addiction tell us, and how can we better use that information to shift narratives about the issue? What are new methods toward treatment? To include: Patrice Salmeri, Augsburg University's Director of Recovery Advancement; Kim Albers, addiction program manager for the Hazelden Betty Ford Women’s Recovery Center. Conversation led by University of Minnesota reporter Kassidy Tarala.

  • Meditation Space: A quiet room for meditative contemplation and stitching. Facilitated by Marjorie Fedyszyn.

8-8:30pm Concluding Group Conversation

A summary of breakout discussions led by moderators, and a conversation about solutions for healing that participants would like to raise awareness about in the wider community. What are next steps in legislative action participants can take?

About Cost: The fee for this event goes toward the buffet dinner and other costs of the event. We are a small organization actively growing our Storyteller Fund, so we can create a stronger website in 2019 to better connect progressive women statewide. Your payment for this event also goes toward that fund.

If this is out of your budget at this time, we have a sliding scale option thanks to donors. Send a note to to be added to the list.

Thanks to our event partners for helping MWP Conversations happen! To have your name added to this list and for more information, contact Karen Olson Johnson (

  • St. Catherine University

  • Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries Foundation

  • Minnesota Communities Caring for Children

  • First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis

  • Venerable Women

  • Farmaste

  • Terra Firma

  • Arubah Emotional Health Services

  • Acres for Life

  • Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute

  • Valley Bookseller

  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatre (raffle prizes)

  • Barbette (raffle prize)

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First Unitarian Society

900 Mount Curve Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55403

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