This extraordinary telling of Hildegard’s story is directed by Margarethe Von Trotta and features the gifted actor Barbara Sukowa. Their women’s hearts bring a particular perspective to Hildegard’s story and repeated viewings continue to open new insights.
Praised as one of the few non-Native authors who can respectfully bridge the gap between Native American and non-Native cultures, Kent Nerburn has lived and worked among the Native American people for three decades. In this special evening, he shares encounters, experiences and reflections gathered in his new book, Voices in the Stones: Life Lessons from the Native Way.
Imagination is necessary for creativity, compassion, human connection, and our relationship with Mystery. In this three-part series, Susan Power will share excerpts from her novel, Sacred Wilderness, offer insights from a Native worldview in which faith, practice, and imagination work in unity, and lead us in using our own sacred imaginations through conversation and fiction-writing exercises.
Creation takes place in the dark, but it seeks the light. The darkness is often bewildering, intimidating, but the artist persists. The theologian James Carse in The Silence of God writes that when we pray, we pray “from the heart as it is” rather than wait until we somehow have our act together before daring to address the Divine Mystery. This evening of poems and songs, featuring Angela Shannon, Laura MacKenzie, Sharon Chmielarz, and Michael Dennis Browne, explores the journeys we must make on the way to transforming experience into words and notes that contribute to the vastness of our shared world.
“It’s so unimaginative not to do something better,” says Naomi Shihab Nye of the conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world. Closing her week in residence with Wisdom Ways, Nye and Palestinian-American writer Ibtisam Barakat reflect together on the importance of poetry and literature in our world and its power to help us imagine—and grow into—a better world.
Have you been longing for time and space to write? For silence and a room of your own? For inspiration from a favorite poet to spur your own words? Wisdom Ways invites you to create a Do-It-Yourself writing retreat during Naomi Shihab Nye’s week as writer-in-residence, Sunday, March 26 to Saturday, April 1.
When Silence Speaks: A Contemplative Evening of Poetry and Song with Naomi Shihab Nye and Sara Thomsen
Poetry and song both rise from and return to the silence. In this contemplative service, poet Naomi Shihab Nye and Singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen lead poetry, song and silence, opening our hearts to compassion, community and creativity.
Early spring in the Midwest offers a time of in-between. In the natural world, we find ourselves watching and waiting for the green of new life to arrive, even as we stand amidst the muck and deadness of last year.
Join us in the paradox of spring. Through song, poetry and community, we will explore the seasons we are leaving and entering in our own lives. The retreat will utilize the Circle of Trust® approach developed by Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal.
History: who makes it and who tells it? Who decides the story line and cast of characters? Women’s scholars such as Church historian Mary T. Malone retell Christian history with women widening the path of discipleship through the centuries. From the beginning a company of men and women accompany Jesus, follow him, and serve the emergent community.
In The Divine Dance, Fr. Richard Rohr (with Mike Morrell) writes, “Let the circle dance rearrange your Christian imagination.” The circle dance metaphor refers to the dynamic relationship and flow found in the Trinity. He is inviting us to understand and experience a God of love and renewal. No more God throwing thunderbolts from a throne. This is a Trinitarian God of transformation.