Church briefs: Martin Luther King breakfast set for Jan. 20

To honor the legacy of service of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church will host the fifth annual interfaith community breakfast for the northeast suburbs 7-9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20.

Sponsored in partnership with the St. Paul Area Council of Churches and Twin Cities Public Television, this event will be held at the church, located at 328 Maple St., Mahtomedi. This year’s theme is “re-imagine the future.”

The program includes a hot breakfast served at 7 a.m., followed by guest speaker Sarah Bellamy, associate artistic director of Penumbra Theater in St. Paul. She will talk about artists and civic engagement.

Attendees also will watch a big-screen broadcast of keynote speaker Donna Brazile — a veteran political strategist and syndicated columnist — speaking from downtown Minneapolis at the 24th annual MLK Holiday breakfast.

The public is welcome to attend. Tickets are $5 for the hot breakfast. Children 12 and under are free.

Reservations are required by Jan. 16. For tickets, call the church office at 651-426-2369, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Getting through the ‘winter blahs’

The Benedictine Center is featuring noted 12-step teacher and spiritual director, JoAnne Campbell-Rice, PhD, who will present a workshop called “The Long Haul: Spiritual Health One Day at a Time.” It will be 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. The cost is $25.

Campbell-Rice is spiritual director at the Dan Anderson Hazelden Renewal Center, where she offers individual guidance to people trying to apply 12-step spirituality to everyday life. She specializes in meditation and journal writing and is a member of St. Paul’s Recovery Church.

“Research suggests that broken New Year’s resolutions can make January one of the hardest times of the year,” said Sam Rahberg, director of the Benedictine Center. “Joanne will offer insights to help participants remain steady as they experience these ups and downs.”

To register online, go to and click on the Benedictine Center tab.

For more information, call 651-777-7251.

The Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery, is located at 2675 Benet Road in Maplewood.

Learn about Catholic miracles

Watch and discuss DVDs on Catholic miracles at St Mary’s Education Building (423 5th St. S. Stillwater) Saturdays 8:30-10 a.m. through Jan.18.

The classes look at the Church teaching on miracles. Participants will explore Jesus’ miracles, Eucharistic miracles, the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Shroud of Turin, the Holy Face of Manopello, miracles at Lourdes and the mysteries of the House of Loreto.

There is no charge for this class and no booklet. For more information call John Navin at 651-351-9427 or Lisa Lawin at 612-865-5774.