Four authors answer, “Why do you write (what you write)?” in Bearings Online this month.

May 2015

Twin Cities Leaders Discuss Community Development

A conversation last week among religious leaders helped inspire fresh thinking about the frames and methods we use in our approach to community development.

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Heidi Neumark Shares at Fellows Capstone Meeting

Heidi Neumark, pastor, author, and 2011 summer writing workshop participant, spoke at the capstone meeting of the Collegeville Institute Fellows program this month.

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Hashtag Competition

This summer, the Collegeville Institute will ask writing workshop participants to tag their photos, tweets, and posts about their experience with a hashtag.

We'd like your help coming up with a compelling hashtag for writing workshop participants to use when they post on social media. Send your creative ideas in one of the following ways, using the temporary hashtag #CISummerHashtag:

We'll announce the winning hashtag in next month's email newsletter.

Replacement of Apartment Patios in Process

Apartment patio in the process of being replaced

This month, the apartment patios at the Collegeville Institute are getting a make-over. Through the rain and sleet, the landscapers have forged ahead in replacing the slate patios with new pavers which match the new Piper Plaza in front of the Butler Center. They will also be refurbishing the rock beds that surround the Collegeville Institute buildings. The expected completion date will be just in time for our first summer workshop in early June.

Featured articles from Bearings Online

Poetry in Worship: A Lutheran Congregation Celebrates Holy Trinity Sunday with Poetry

by Christian Holleck

Discover how one congregation explored the mystery of the Holy Trinity through poetry.

This month we ran a series on the subject of writing, answering the question: “Why do you write (what you write)?” The four essays in this series are listed below.

Meet the Maker: Why I Write (What I Write)

by Rachel M. Srubas

In seconds, a good poem, made of well-chosen words and precisely weighted lines, can go to your head like a shot of mescal and heat your belly while it’s at it.

A Love Letter to Reading: 
Why I Write (What I Write)

by Sari Fordham

As a child, I discovered through reading that my most secret and embarrassing thoughts were not so peculiar after all. Thanks to my mother, I am as much a professional reader as I am a writer.

Chosen: Why I Write
(What I Write)

by Katherine Willis Pershey

I can’t quite bring myself to say that I’ve chosen to write about what I write about. It seems more accurate to say that the things I write about chose me.

A Way of Seeing: Why I Write (What I Write)

by Michael N. McGregor

Like glasses, writing allows me to see the natural and the spiritual world more clearly, wholly, and truly.


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