All Saints cares about your overall wellbeing and the vitality of our local community. We believe our spiritual wellness is interconnected with every other aspect of our wellness. We want to partner with you as we build wellbeing together and share the positive impact of that in our community.

The focus for our Spring 2023 season of the Inspired Life Speaker Series is on the environment and wellness. In our sacred tradition, one of humanity's original purposes was to live in the beautiful garden we were placed in, to enjoy it, but also to care for it. Our Environment and Wellness series is about "Renewing Purpose, Place and Peace."

With the help of state leaders, experts, and authors, we will be checking in on the state of the environment, engaging in meaningful conversation about the task of caring for it, and reflecting on the gift of our abundant surroundings for all. Thank you for coming alongside us to build a holistic wellbeing and pursue an inspired life together.
Inspired Life talks are held at All Saints Lutheran Church in Minnetonka, MN. Directions can be found below.

Inspired Life talks are held Tuesday evenings at 7pm. Talks are about an hour in length, with an opportunity for questions at the end.

Inspired Life talks are free and open to the public. We invite everyone interested to join us.

State of the Environment in Minnesota

Katrina Kessler, Commissioner of the MN Pollution Control Agency

Tuesday, January 17 • 7pm

Minnesota’s Landmark Environmental Case
Reserve Mining & Grant Merritt

Peter Gove

Tuesday, January 24 • 7pm

credit - Steve Carlson, Carlson Photography, Cambridge, Minn

Thoughts on Nature & the Environment from a Naturalist Writer’s Lens

Sue Leaf, author of Portage: A Family, A Canoe, and the Search for the Good Life; A Love Affair with Birds. The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts

Tuesday, March 14 • 7pm

The Environment and the State Parks & State Trails of Minnesota

Ann Pierce, Director of MN State Parks & Trails


Tuesday, March 28 • 7pm

Environment from an Adventurer Biker

Jerry Holl, leadership speaker, author of Downhills Don’t Come Free-One Man’s Bike Ride From Alaska to Mexico

Tuesday, April 4 • 7pm

credit - Tim Dooley

Food & the Environment - Sustainable Food for the Future

Beth Dooley, StarTribune Food Writer, author of 15 food books, including The Perennial Kitchen, A Simple Recipe For A Healthy Future; Star Tribune Food Writer for Taste Section; Endowed Chair of Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture at University of Minnesota

Tuesday, April 18 • 7pm

Black Nature Writing - Environment Thoughts

Erin Sharkey, writer, film Producer, author of A Darker Wilderness. Black Nature Writing From Soil To Stars

Tuesday, May 2 • 7pm

Environment of Lake Superior’s North Shore & the Superior Hiking Trail

Rudi Hargesheimer, former president of the Superior Hiking Trail Association and author of the new updated book, The Superior Hiking Trail Story, The Trek Continues / Expanded Content

Tuesday, June 6 • 7pm


For our Environment and Wellness series, we are honored to have two moderators from the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy.

Kathryn Hoffman

Kathryn graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2006 magna cum laude, and earned a Masters in Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute at the same time. After working in complex litigation in Zelle LLP in Minneapolis for four years, she joined MCEA as a staff attorney in 2010. She stepped into the CEO role in 2017, and she is proud of the way the organization has grown and changed since then. She has worked as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School, and is also a former Chair of the Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Kathryn is celebrating 10 years at MCEA in 2020.

Aaron Klemz

Aaron holds two Masters degrees, one in Communications, the other in Advocacy and Political Leadership. He has over a decade of experience teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in policy and communications. Prior to working at MCEA, Aaron was the Advocacy Director at Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.


Inspired Life talks are held at All Saints Lutheran Church in Minnetonka, MN. We are located on the corner of Excelsior Blvd and Woodland Rd.

All Saints Lutheran Church
15915 Excelsior Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55345


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The Inspired Life Speaker Series provides an open environment to reflect upon topics relevant to our community and to find inspiration for lives of purpose and meaning. The series is rooted in a sacred vision to seek abundant life for all, to care for the wellbeing of each individual, and to work for the vitality of our local community and world. We're grateful for our speakers and the support of volunteers in coordinating these conversations.