Anam Cara Connections
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In Irish anam cara means “soul friend.” It is a spiritual term, not a religious one, just as Anam Cara Connections, founded in 2008 in Portland, Oregon, is a spiritual community and not a religious body. Anam Cara Connections cultivates connections between soul friends seeking a deeper experience of the Self, the Other, and Community.
“When anam caras connect, barriers and walls fall between religions, cultures and genders, revealing the ancient truth that We Are One.” – Rev. Kathleen McKern Verigin
About Anam Cara Connections
The term anam cara first came into Kathleen’s consciousness in 1996. She had just completed three years of ministry studies and was about to be licensed. She recalls reading an article that made reference to anam cara. In ancient Ireland, the anam cara was the priest (or priestess) that spiritually companioned the one entering the dying process, asking, “As you are dying, how shall you live?” The question becomes, “Am I living my aliveness today?” The concept of Anam Cara became the inspiration for Kathleen’s new ministry, and what would eventually become Anam Cara Connections.
Currently anam caras connect through the website, the bi-monthly Stuff I Know blog, gatherings including topical dialogues, book circles, classes, workshops, and retreats. (See “Contact Us” to sign up for the e-newsletter. The list is private, not sold or shared. You are free to unsubscribe at any time.)