All Past Workshops from Wisdom Ways

Writing the Sacred Journey: Spiritual Memoir “Seed Writing” Sessions

Third Fridays

September 16, October 21, November 18, & December 16, 2016; 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Develop your writing as a spiritual practice with these drop-in sessions. We will write spiritual memoir “seeds” from prompts based on a monthly theme, which participants can then develop if they choose. There will be opportunities to share (but not critique) our work, bringing our creations to life beyond the page. Together we’ll participate in generative silence and celebrate the sacred nature of our life stories.

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Experiencing Hildegard of Bingen

Come delve into the life and creativity of Hildegard of Bingen, a twelfth-century Rhineland mystic, writer, healer, leader, playwright, composer, and preacher. In 2012, 833 years after her death, she was declared a saint of the universal church and one of only four women among 35 persons officially recognized in Catholicism as a “Doctor of the Church.”

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Evolving into the Fullness of Love: Meditations on Body and Earth

Thursdays, September 22, October 6 and 20, 2016
10:00 – 11:30 am

Reflections on the evolution of stars, the earth, and life on earth will serve as doorways to connecting with the love energy that marks the history of the universe. Through meditations that engage all of our senses, we will listen deeply to scientific information about the cosmos, Minnesota’s natural history, and the brain. Together we will explore practices for daily life that nurture a sense of deep connection to the whole of life: basking in a sunbeam, holding a rock, joining a circle, and many more.

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Hedgerow Initiative | The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women

Mondays:
September 26 – December 12, 2016; 6:30 – 8:30 pm

The Hedgerow Initiative offers sustained, systematic programming in feminist theological education, spiritual integration, and leadership for a just and holy world. In a particular way, the Initiative highlights the scholarship of women who since the 1950s have worked to reclaim women’s presence and significance in scripture, church, history, theology and culture. The Initiative takes its name from the hedgerow schools in Ireland that kept alive the language, faith, culture and community of the people during the time of the British penal codes. A hedgerow is a biosphere and a haven.

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The Grace in Aging for Men

Wednesdays
September 28, October 5 and 26, November 2 and 30, and December 7, 2016
7:30 am – 9:00 am (Note morning time)

Spiritual memoir is the practice of listening deeply to our life experiences through the creation of artful, true stories. We come more alive when we accept how our experiences have formed us and when we form something from what we’ve experienced. By writing memories with intention, we can find holiness in the details, patterns that unify our sense of self, and deep personal healing. By crafting our stories to engage the inner life of readers, we can participate in transforming our world.

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The Emergence of Islamophobia and the Importance of White Allies

Thursdays, October 6 and 20, 2016

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Waves of Islamophobia roiling the United States and Europe are unleashing fear and hate in our world. Cruel and inaccurate stereotypes are increasing while tolerance and civil liberties are threatened. As well, a new racial formation around “Islam” and the “West” seems to be emerging. Whereas in the past the notion of a Muslim Other informed a notion of a Western self among elites, today the fear of Muslims is deeply penetrating popular identity and giving rise to a fascist-like movement that threatens to tip us into a deep dive of racism that will be hard to overcome.

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Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Spiritual memoir is the practice of listening deeply to our life experiences through the creation of artful, true stories. We come more alive when we accept how our experiences have formed us and when we form something from what we’ve experienced. By writing memories with intention, we can find holiness in the details, patterns that unify our sense of self, and deep personal healing. By crafting our stories to engage the inner life of readers, we can participate in transforming our world.

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The Ethic of Inclusion: Getting Un-Stuck

Wednesdays, October 12, 19, and 26, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 pm

During this highly politicized election year when exclusionary rhetoric often “shuts down” genuine conversation and cynicism too often “passes” for wisdom, come explore what is meant by “the ethic of inclusion.”
What ethical principles drive our thoughts and interactions on current issues? Ethics comes in more than one stripe. Ken Wilber’s integral paradigm and principles from the Arbinger Institute’s Anatomy of Peace will help illuminate the subtle ways we all get trapped in boxes of our own making that undermine our best intentions to actually be inclusive. Over a 3-week period, we’ll reflect on not only how we get stuck but how we can get un-stuck so that we can engage in more authentic conversation with others who have very differing views.

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A Festival of Women’s Voices on Jesus | Fall Soul Conference | The Strength of Her Witness: Theology in Women’s Voices

Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

In this globally interconnected, lopsided world—marked by disparities, discord and violence—what witness can the church bring to the many issues that divide us from one another and the shared ecology in which we live? We are in need of theologies that will lead us in new directions–from opposition and dominance to new community and mutual respect for one another and all living creatures of Earth.

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