Men's Spirituality


Men's Journeys of Inner and Outer Courage

Wednesdays
October 25 and November 1
7:30 - 9:00 am

The pressures and business of life often keep us at the surface of our lives. Scott McRae will facilitate this two-part series where we'll seek to gain greater clarity about what is true and what is false in our inner and outer lives.

We'll support one another in weaving our growing inner awareness with a more authentic outer expression.

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Hedgerow Initiative


Naming the Holy in Our Experience
Goddess and God in the World

Next Session:
October 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

What Is Our Relationship to Divinity in Our Shared World?

Rev. Nancy Victorin -Vangerud, PhD.

Syllabus

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Spiritual Practices


 Meditation
Tuesdays,
9/5 - 12/19

7:00 - 7:40 pm

Men's Centering Prayer
Wednesdays,
11/15, 12/20, & 1/17

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Walking in Harmony
Fridays,
11/10,
12/8, & 1/12

9:30 - 11:30 am


Events in the Wider Community


Border CrosSing Concert
Friday, October 27, 8:00 pm
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

"Song for the Dead and the Living"

The first half of our program pairs traditional Dia de Muertos processional music with liturgical music for All Souls Day from the cathedrals of colonial Mexico and Uruguay. The second half of our program features music by Brahms and J. C. Bach paired with heartrending songs from the Canto Cardenche tradition of northern Mexico. We will finish the program with the monumental Bachiana Brasileira No. 9 for unaccompanied chorus by Heitor Villa-lobos.

Tickets are available here.


Current Art Exhibit


Solomon's Tent
September - November
Osama Esid

Osama Esid: Solomon's Tent

With his Polaroid camera, Esid met and photographed Syrian families living in the Adana refugee camp in Turkey. 

Come meet the residents of Solomon’s Tent and share their dignity amid duress.

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Building hours


Event Location


Unless otherwise noted,
events are held at:

Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

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Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet


Courage

 

"I speak because I think our time on earth is short and each moment that we are not our truest selves, each moment we pretend to be what we are not, each moment we say what we do not mean because we imagine that is what somebody wants us to say, then we are wasting our time on earth.”

-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


More Than a Single Story: Finding Courage in a Time of Darkness


Thursday, October 26
6:30 - 8:30 pm

More Than a Single Story is a series of community conversations inspired by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful TED talk, The Danger of a Single Story.

Moderated by Carolyn Holbrook, this conversation invites writers of color and indigenous writers to explore large and small ways they find courage when they need it, and ways that they have given courage to others, often while struggling to maintain their own center.

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Writing Through Trauma


Thursdays, November 2, 9, & 16
6:30 - 8:30 pm

When we experience trauma, we feel alone and unprotected. Whether the trauma is physical or psychological, we often feel shame, believing that what happened is our fault.

Come learn tools and techniques for using the journal and the power of writing to tap into our innate abilities to help ourselves heal and restore wellness, and to begin to believe that we are not the problem, the problem is the problem.

These sessions are facilitated by Carolyn Holbrook.

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Annual Fall Soul Conference


Windows in our Walls: Seeing with Fresh Eyes
Friday, November 10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm AND
Saturday, November 11, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

This year’s Fall Soul conference challenges us to enlarge our windows and shrink the walls in the boxes that keep us from one another. Come engage the rich and textured culture of the Twin Cities as we view selected documentaries about people behind headlines and travel bans—many with roots and paths in Minnesota, and participating in this conference. 

Friday Evening Film: QUEENS OF SYRIA
How 50 women from Syria in exile in Jordan come together to create and perform their own version of the ancient Greek tragedy, The Trojan Women.  Directed by Yasmin Fedda.

Queens of Syria Trailer

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Saturday Film: A STRAY
The story of a Somali refugee in Minneapolis who crosses paths with a stray dog. Written and directed by Musa Sayeed.

A Stray Trailer

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Other Saturday Features:

Iraqi Voices Documentaries with Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP)

◆ Forgotten Women Documentary: Jamal Penjweny

BorderCrosSing with Ahmed Anzaldúa El Samkary

◆ Iraq is Flying Exhibit: Jamal Penjweny

◆ Solomon’s Tent Exhibit: Osama Esid

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Writing the Sacred Journey Classes


Monthly Writing Sessions
Second Fridays: 11/10 & 12/8
1:30 - 3:30 pm

Monthly drop-in sessions led by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir. 

November: Holy Sexuality

We’ll venture into the realm of sexuality—desire, identity, energy, relationship, pain, pleasure—as a holy, life-giving source.  What do sexual experiences teach us about divine movement?  How can we write these with gentleness, honesty, and reverence?

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Seed Writing
Third Fridays: 11/17 & 12/15
1:30 - 3:00 pm

November: Holy Sexuality
Facilitated by Elizabeth Fletcher

Develop your writing as a spiritual practice in drop-in sessions where we write in community, share writing, and learn tools of the craft.

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Looking Ahead


Courageous Foremothers: Women of Faith in Mark's Gospel
An Overview on the Gospel of Mark and Text Study

Tuesday, November 14, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Revision Revival:
A Celebration of Transformation and Writing

Friday, November 17, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent
Monday, November 27, December 4, 11, & 18
10:00 - 11:00 am