Men's Spirituality Series: Spring 2013

Exploring Men’s Personal Journeys
of Spiritual Growth

To preserve a sacred space for men to explore their spirituality together, we ask that only men register for these sessions.

Coordinator: Terry Shaughnessy holds an MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University and has been a spiritual director for 15 years with a focus on men's work, contemplative spirituality, retreats, group facilitation, and leadership development. To learn more about spiritual direction, contact Terry at 651-328-7675.


Men's Planning Meeting

Thursday, May 16, 7:30 to 9:00 AM

Over the nearly 16 years since the men's group has been meeting, we've come together every spring to have a planning session. This has been an invaluable way to share ideas and plan for upcoming speakers. Bring your feedback, suggestions, and creative concepts! We'll provide refreshments. Facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy.

WHEN: Thursday, May 16, 7:30 to 9:00am

COST: No cost; please RSVP below or call 651-696-2788

Centering Prayer

Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 to 8:00 PM

In responding to increased interest in offering an ongoing opportunity for men to gather outside of the speaker's program, the Wisdom Ways Men's Spirituality Group is establishing a monthly contemplative prayer group.

The group will meet for 20-minute sessions of contemplative prayer practice using Centering Prayer as the method. Group sharing around this prayer practice will be included, as well as video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk, Fr. Thomas Keating.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 to 8:00pm

COST: No cost; please RSVP below or call 651-692-2788

Previous sessions in the spring series:


"The Way": The Movie & A Local Man's Tale of Pilgrimage

Wednesday, February 20, 5:30 to 8:30pm

"The Way" is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this complicated world. This story of an older man's pilgrimage along the historical Camino de Santiagio or the Way of St. James is also a tale of transformation. The movie explores the dynamics of faith and that of a father/son relationship expressed through the unassailable anger of a heartbroken father softened into masculine vulnerability. Martin Sheen plays Tom who has profound experiences along "The Way" and discovers the difference between "the life we live and the life we choose."

We will view the movie "The Way" followed by a conversation with local pilgrim Tim McIntee, who will share about his recent month-long pilgrimage experience along the Camino de Santiago.

Facilitator: Tim McIntee is founder and president of The Alchemist Group, an international consulting enterprise assisting U.S. firms in developing and managing their business activities throughout Asia and other emerging foreign markets. Tim discovered The Camino de Santiago in 2005 through Paulo Coelho’s, The Pilgrimage. In 2012, he fulfilled his promise to walk the Camino and experienced the profound presence of the Sacred during his 600-mile journey across the Northern coast of Spain.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 20, 5:30-8:30 pm

COST: $35.00 (includes dinner)

What Is All this Talk About Centering Prayer?

Wednesday morning, February 27, 7:15 to 9:15am

Centering Prayer has become a popular spiritual practice and is enthusiastically endorsed by many for its transformative possibilities. This practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible. Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering will share from the lens of personal experience the ins and outs of this method of prayer and the ways to develop a personal practice of centering prayer.

Also, we are hoping to offer a monthly opportunity for men to experience centering prayer in a group setting. This could be in collaboration with a long time centering prayer group for men based at the Benedictine Monastery in Maplewood which meets one evening a month. Based on this session, we will learn if there is interest for a men’s monthly centering prayer group at Wisdom Ways.

WHEN: Wednesday morning, February 27, 7:15-9:15 am

COST: Free; please RSVP

M2 Mindful Drumming and Meditation

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 to 8:30pm

Mindfulness is simply the activity of paying attention to what is happening in the present moment with curiosity and an open heart. We all have an innate capability for mindfulness, and with practice, we can get better at it. Practicing mindfulness has a profound healing effect for individual and for the community.

In this expressive workshop, participants will experience the complimentary styles of expressive and introspective mindfulness through drumming and basic meditation. Research shows that both activities have many physical, psychological and emotional health benefits. Through a skillful combination of simple drumming techniques, African rhythms, silent and guided meditations, and group reflection, this workshop provides participants with skills and practices for immediate joy and healing as well as insights into the art of healthy community life.

Presenter: Marc Anderson has earned an international reputation as a world class percussionist, stalwart sideman, composer, record producer, music educator, cultural anthropologist, Zen priest and the founder of M2, an organization offering mindfulness training in schools, the workplace and in the community at large. He has performed with many great artists from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing to “A Prairie Home Companion”. In his work with M2 and as a teacher in the Zen community, he leads retreats, workshops and classes in meditation, creativity, and sustaining healthy community.

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 pm

COST: $25.00

Men and Our Male Friends:

Celebrating our Friendships and Learning from Them

Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 to 8:30pm

We sometimes take our friendships for granted, with little attention to how we meet those we befriend, or how we develop our friendships over the years. Through calling forth the wisdom of the men gathered, presenter Dennis Coyne will weave a conversation and illuminate the topic of men and male friendships. What is the basis of thriving male friendships? When they don’t thrive, how is it that they (and we) fail? And what is the cost of friendships that fail? In the mix of all of this, how might friendships among men be an important element of the spiritual paths that each of us take?

Presenter: Dennis Coyne is a wise elder, a gifted facilitator, a master certified coach, a retired lawyer. While most of his work is one-on-one coaching, Dennis also facilitates group discussions and workshops, and sponsors weekend retreats.

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 17, 6:30-8:30 pm

COST: $25.00