Anam Cara Connections

Where Soul Friends Connect

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.

acc-photo4a“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 Irish writer-theologian-mystic, John O’Donohue, and his use of the term 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?” O’Donohue invited us to consider that we are all in the dying process, from our first breath to our last. The question becomes, “Am I living my aliveness today?”  Anam Cara became the inspiration for Kathleen’s new ministry, and what would eventually become Anam Cara Connections.  (See Kathleen’s full bio under “About Kathleen.”)acc photo2

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.)

Anam Cara Connections is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, identified by the IRS as a charity for religious purposes. We prefer to call ACC a ministry. We gladly accept donations!

Anam Cara Connections
14850 SW Hidden Hills Road
McMinnville, OR 97128
503-970-3615
kathleenverigin333@gmail.com

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