Community Conversations and Events

Join the Common Ground community for time to connect around various issues that are dear to our hearts and real in our lives. We will talk and listen to each other, sharing wisdom and using our mindfulness practice to deepen our collective understanding. Each conversation will be facilitated by teachers or community leaders.  

Community Conversation on Christianity and Buddhism with Ayo Yetunde, Megan Brandeland and Margaret Ferber

Saturday, May 11th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Common Ground is blessed to be a place where people from many different religious traditions come to study and practice insight meditation. Many people who attend Common Ground have roots in the Christian tradition and are interested in exploring ways to study and practice both Buddhism and Christianity. The goal of this community conversation is to connect with others who are interested in the intersection between Christianity and Buddhism and discuss experiences walking both paths, including both challenges and blessings.

Pamela Ayo Yetunde is Assistant Professor of Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counseling at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She came to United in 2017. She received her Th.D. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, where she specialized in pastoral counseling. Her research and scholarship focus on Object Relations Theory and psychotherapy, Buddhist psychology, Womanist Theology, Christian-Buddhist spiritual transitional stages, Black lesbian poet Audre Lorde as a spiritual and psychological resource, and chaplain formation. Yetunde has published a number of blog and magazine articles and has written journal articles. Yetunde lives in Minnesota with her spouse. She is an interfaith Buddhist practitioner.

Megan Brandeland has been practicing Vipassana meditation and Yoga since 2011. Before and during medical school, she spent more than two years living and working in Thailand, where she had the opportunity to study Theravada Buddhism in a variety of contexts – from everyday life, to hospital care and Vipassana retreats. Megan is now a physician with interests in end of life care, critical care, medical ethics and religion and medicine. She also has a strong interest in interfaith dialogue, and continues to explore ways of weaving the Christian tradition together with the practice of insight meditation.

Margaret Ferber began her meditation practice in 1990 when she joined Clouds in Water Zen Center and participated in communal meditation, retreats and instruction in the Zen Buddhist tradition. She and her husband began practicing with Common Ground in 2014. She has a long history with the Catholic Church, 16 years of her education being in Catholic schools. She is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s degree in Public Health. The majority of her career was in the field of occupational health, dealing with workers’ health and safety.


Topics of Previous Community Conversations:
Buddhism & Polyamory
Sexism and Patriarchy
Examining Microaggressions
Waking Up – Learning to See What We Don’t See
Humans, Animals and Non harming 
Relating Wisely to Global Climate Change