How Death Can Teach Us How to Live

International Speaker, Author, and Death Educator, Stephen Garrett, of Vancouver Canada is coming to the Hope Interfaith Center June 8-10, 2017.

In the video below, Stephen describes his personal relationship with death, his ministry of coaching the dying and the need for us all to change how we relate to death so that we can “say goodbye well and die well.”

Stephen will be facilitating the following events at the Hope Interfaith Center:

Death Cafe – Thursday, June 8, 7:00-8:30pm

A Graceful Death Can Be in the Power of Your Choices – Friday, June 9, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

We Can Die Better, Being with the Dying – Saturday, June 10, 9:30am – 4:30pm

You can find out more information about each of these events here – Stephen Garrett Events or call Jody at (507) 386-1242.

We hope you will consider attending an event and meeting this remarkable teacher.
It will be a life-changing experience!

Download the Event Flyer Here

Nitin Adsul Gives Kundalini Workshop in Mankato, MN

We were truly blessed to have Nitin Adsul at the Hope Interfaith Center in June. Nitin came to the Center to teach a Kundalini workshop. The workshop was an amazing experience for all who attended. Nitin is truly a dedicated and gifted teacher.

Nitin described his experience at the Hope Interfaith Center during a video interview with his colleague, Tim Gasser who co-founded The Healing Network with Nitin.

Nitin lives in Manassas, VA and Tim Gasser lives in South Wales

This video is a beautiful tribute to the Hope Interfaith Center, it’s mission, the support staff, and the entire community.


Hope Interfaith Center Peace Pole Project

On Monday, September 7, 2015, the Hope Interfaith Center was featured in an article in the Mankato Free Press newspaper. We are extremely grateful for the exposure from the article for the peace pole project.

Interfaith center to plant peace pole in France

By Jessica Bies

Peace Pole at YWCAMANKATO — Every once in while Rev. Janice Gorman will visit one of several peace poles planted throughout Mankato by Hope Interfaith Center. “I do that because I believe there’s something happening in Mankato,” she said. “This seems to be a community that gets behind projects like this.”

Every time she sees one of the poles, “To tell you the truth, I become even more passionate about planting more poles. One institution, one person, one community can make a difference.”

Peace poles are monuments displaying the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” usually in a different language on each of four sides. Hope Interfaith Center has planted several of them, both locally and internationally, in Israel, Palestine, Turkey and Peru.

In Mankato and North Mankato, there are peace poles at the YWCA, Peace Park, South Central College, CADA and the First Congregational United Church of Christ, to name a few. There is also one in front of the Interfaith Center, given in memory of a member who died from cancer.

The next pole, to be the center’s 11th, will be planted in France. Later this year one will be planted at the Coffee Hag.

“This year, because it’s a local and international project, we’re going to plant two,” Gorman said.

Gorman will be leading 18 people on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France Oct. 14. She wants to plant a peace pole there because several journalists recently killed in an attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

“The local one is at the Coffee Hag because they’ve created such an environment of peace and inclusivity there,” she said.

The peace poles are meant to inspire people to think of peace, Gorman said, then act to create it.

“I don’t think peace is just simply the opposite of violence,” she said. “I believe peace is an action, even more than a feeling. It’s easy for people to have the fuzzy feeling of peace, that why I love the peace pole project. We’re not simply talking about peace, we’re acting it out.”

She hopes that residents will sometimes visit the local poles as she does, and think on peace.

“It’s my hope that people look at the peace poles and stop, even for a moment, and reflect,” she said. “The poles says ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth.’ To me, making that statement is a prayer. It’s a prayer: let peace prevail on Earth.”