Here and There - October/November 2014

Upcoming Monthly Men's Sunday Brunches, drop-in anytime 10AM-1PM (bring something to share/cook up): October 19th at the Men’s Center celebrating our 38th anniversary. November 16th at Rick Charlson's 1124 Vincent Ave S, Minneapolis 55405 (Exit from 394 at Penn Ave, then take south frontage road about 1/2 mile, then left on South Cedar Lake Road, then one block and left on Vincent to 1124 (tan-colored house on right side of street)). 612-354-3134; 8 men attended Daniel Heist's brunch in August. - Andy Mickel, 2014-09-16.

After two years of work, the book that I have edited titled "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America" is scheduled to come out on October 3, 2014.

Why do you want to buy this book? It provides information about what comes next for the L.G.B.T. community after implementation of marriage in 18 states; as well as how we may achieve equality in the 30 plus states that have no protections for L.G.B.T. people regarding housing, education and workplace activity.
- Wallace K. Swan, 2014-09-02.

“Helping men find a way out of depression” Mark Meier had dark days and read the sad news about actor Robin Williams. Meier, a social worker, husband, father of 3 and founder of Twin Cities-based Face It Foundation <> faced a crisis of his own 12 years ago. Other resources are listed including: NAMI, SAVE, Hennepin County mobile crisis teams, American Foundatin for Suicide Prevention and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-900-273-8255. - Gail Rosenblum column in Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2014-08-17

The next ManKind Project New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) for men in Minnesota will be hosted by Central Plains MKP on October 17-19, 2014 at the Goodwill Camp in South Sioux City. Cost is $595.00. Matching Fund Scholarships are available. To hold your place, send a deposit of $150.00 to: Tim Greer, Registrar Central Plains MKP, 12727 W. Dodge Rd. #102A Omaha, NE 68154. FFI: Alex Bender, 651-492-1243. - Andy Mickel, 2014-07-15.

Family Law Reform Conference, November 15-16, 2014, in Alexandria,VA November 15-16. Registration $99-199. FFI: - 2014-07-09.

Call for Presenters: “Healthy Parenting in the 21st Century: Unique Challenges of Fathers” 12th Annual Fatherhood & Family Services Summit, February 2-3, 2015 St. Cloud, MN
Minnesota Fathers & Families Network (MFFN) recognizes that fathers play a critical role in healthy parenting. Fatherhood in the 21stt century comes with challenges that are unique to fathers...including married and unmarried fathers, custodial and noncustodial fathers, teen fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, etc. We can see a shift in expectations across cultures and socio-economic levels over the past decades. How men choose to meet these expectations, and how as fatherhood professionals we best support fathers today continues to be a challenge.

For our 12th annual Minnesota Fatherhood & Family Services Summit, we are bringing other professionals together to share and discuss the many ways that fathers contribute to the health and well-being of their children and best practices to serve fathers today.

Who will attend: Professionals who work with fathers and families, including; social workers, public health practitioners, social service specialists, child support officers, managers, directors, boards of directors, trainers, human service advocates, supervisors, volunteers, attorneys, nurses, educators, foster parents, child care providers, early care and education professionals, psychologists, case aides, home visitors, child protection workers, probation officers, and others.

FFI: or call Jennifer at 651.271.0306. - - 2014-09-08.
“Confronting the everyday power of street harassment: What can be done?” A Project named “Cards Against Harassment went viral, and is the work of Minneapolis woman who confronts men as they catcall in the downtown core. Her videos are posted on YouTube and covers a spectrum of responses. The issues are: Women’s right to the city, Different experiences in different modes, Rules of engagement and tricks of avoidance, etc. - Bill Lindeke, MinnPost, 2014-08-12

TCMC Monthly Men's Healing Ritual

Facilitator: Dan Gorbunow, AMT

The Men's Healing Ritual which has been on 2nd or 3rd Sunday each month for almost a year, will be moved on the calendar to possibly the third Wednesday of each month, under the title "Seven Feathers of Warrior Healing". I have been invited by Randy to consider the Wednesday time slot, and this could turn into a weekly offering if we can generate enough interest, or I could share my Wednesday spot with another group. Nothing decided yet, still in motion.

The next ritual gathering I will host at TCMC is set for Wednesday, September 17, 7-9PM, the Open House for Seven Feathers. I hope to see you there and perhaps have a clearer plan for the future of my ritual circle at TCMC. As of last month, I am no longer hosting Sunday afternoon gatherings. They have been sweet and interesting, and it's changing for the better.

Thank you for your excellent support and participation in the ritual experience and I hope to see you on the 17th!

In Good Health and Abundance,
Dan Gorbunow, AMT
Director - Seven Feathers