Apr
1
Thu
Off Course & On Path @ Carondelet Center
Apr 1 – Jun 30 all-day

 

Off Course & On Path is a multi-media art exhibition that explores the concept of Labyrinths as a means of exploring and tending our spiritual connections with nature. Labyrinths contain intergenerational stories that provide a glimpse into the past, present and future and are springboards to investigating the interconnectedness of our universe as holistic beings.

Curators Bayou and Saba will showcase the Eagle Affirmation Mirror, a newly created Labyrinth Affirmation Mirror, and multiple mixed media poems that center tending our spiritual connections with nature.

They will also provide templates that community members can use to create their own Labyrinths. Wisdom Ways will create a space for these creations and compile this generative community labyrinth project to be shared as images of inspiration. This interactive experience with Labyrinths requires one to physically enter space and move intuitively as an individual or collectively as a member of the whole. Thus, the primary focus being the path or the journey one chooses in order to reach their destination, which is symbolic to the many journeys we pursue in this life. Most of all, these are moments that can be intentionally utilized to tend to our hearts, and explore the interconnectedness of nature and spirituality. Please check back on the Wisdom Ways website for more information about this opportunity.

 

Why Labyrinths, Why Now

Labyrinths are found all over the world, and are ancient symbols that represent the multidimensional journey of life, as our paths inevitably intersect with others. The notion of bringing one to the center while honoring the individual and collective paths that we travel as members of a family, band, community, nation or tribe is a liberating force. Along this journey, we release or put down what no longer serves us, and pick up the necessary items in order to continue moving towards the next destination in our life’s purpose.

Recently, we were invited by some members of the BIPOC community to get away from the city and explore land in Osceola, Wisconsin near the St. Croix River Valley. For hours, we moved with intention as we often followed in the direction of the animals that introduced themselves as we continued to travel towards the river. We approached a rock formation surrounded by several ancient spruce trees. Immediately, we could feel the energy of the Ancestors as we walked down this elevated rock path leading us to a waterfall. Just before reaching the waterfall, we took a moment to take in the experience. As we honored our surroundings, we noticed a rock formation in the soil. After further examination, we realized that what we had discovered was actually a Labyrinth. We each used that moment to walk through the Labyrinth, as we envisioned our Ancestors doing, and then went into meditation. This experience with a Labyrinth in nature felt as if we were retracing the Creator’s footsteps and that the paths that we walk in life are not by coincidence but each an opportunity to recenter ourselves.

Offering Labyrinths as a form of intergenerational healing through the creative process gives us each the chance to weave our own unique paths. During these unprecedented times, it is crucial that we be mindful of the methods in which we care for ourselves, our families and our neighbors, as our children will inherit this earthly journey. Opportunities to center ourselves within our natural environment is crucial to our overall physical, mental and spiritual health.

 

 

Artist Program:

Come explore a labyrinth built with found materials and templates you can use to create labyrinths in your own environments.

Held as summer solstice begins to encourage reflection and honor new beginnings and new growth in a communal setting. The vibrant energy of summer brings moments of reflection and allows the opportunity to welcome new beginnings or new growth into our lives.

WHEN: Sunday, June 20; time and location TBD. Learn more.

 

Artists:

Bayou (aka Donald Thomas) is a Twin Cities based artist and designer born in St. Paul on the land of the Dakota & Anishinaabe peoples. Bayou creates mixed-media art called Affirmation Mirrors composed mostly of fabric wrapped wood, yarn, mirrors, and beads. He also creates murals, art installations, digital illustrations, digital and print materials for artists and organizations, and works as a teaching artist.

Bayou’s art and design embodies themes of nature from the micro to the cosmic, black and collective liberation, healing trauma, time, portals, geometry, setting intentions for affirmations, asking questions, symbols, and identity exploration. Water is an especially strong theme in the work as HaHa Wakpa (the Mississippi River) has been a major influence in many levels of his life.

 

Saba (aka Sean Stewart) is a Saint Paul native with deep roots in the historic Rondo Neighborhood. He is a dedicated Father, educator, and visual artist and writer. As a community member and educator, Saba has served in the CDF Freedom Schools movement for over a decade, and now serves students and families in Saint Paul Public Schools. As a writer, Saba has published the children’s book entitled Breaking The Ice, as well as various featured poems from Minnesota to Nigeria that focus on cultural identity, healing, transformation, nature and spirituality.

Saba and Bayou have collaborated on several art installations such as the Eagle Affirmation Mirror and healing murals within the Twin Cities Metro area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr
5
Mon
Seven Portal Sky: A Birth Story of Afrofuturist Medicine in Minneapolis
Apr 5 – May 24 all-day
Seven Portal Sky: A Birth Story of Afrofuturist Medicine in Minneapolis

This 8-week course is a space to support and expand the self-care practices of health care workers, caregivers, teachers, activists and anyone with heavy spirits right now. Seven Portal Sky is part workbook, part autobiography, and part dream – it details a vision for healing justice and daily practices for moving with and through the emotions – from overwhelm and fear, to anger and grief – arising for many of us in these winds of change. These traditional medicine practices offer us ways to stay present, to stay in our bodies, and remain in the ongoing struggle for healing as individuals and as a nation.

Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT, will guide you through poems, stories, and visual art from Seven Portal Sky, designed to shift and balance your energy field, as you explore seven chakras (from the Yoga tradition) and seven Orisha spirit archetypes (from the Nigerian Yoruba tradition). You’ll experiment with a weekly set of simple practices based on indigenous concepts of earth, water, fire, ecosystem, wind, light, and sky that can gently support your physical health (digestion, nervous and immune systems, and menstrual health), mental and emotional health, and offer ways to deepen your practice of justice and solidarity as allies.

Registered participants will be able to access the course from April 5 – May 24. Please visit the program page for more information about online course details and expectations.

Apr
12
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Apr
13
Tue
The Idea of the Common Good: Then and Now @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 13 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Idea of the Common Good: Then and Now @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Catholic teaching describes the common good as “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.”  This presentation and discussion will focus on the meaning of the common good and the moral ideas supporting the idea of the common good.  It will then consider whether the common good is a viable public moral principle today.

Instructor: Bernard Brady

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

Meditation together is a way of supporting our personal practice. Each session will include an opening prayer, a reading, and a 25-minute silent sitting meditation.

Those who have an existing meditation practice are welcome as well as those new to Christian Meditation (instructions available at each session).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

Facilitated by Deborah Chernick and Susan Oeffling, CSJ. To get the Zoom information for each of these sessions, please visit the program page.

Apr
14
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 14 @ 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Wisdom Ways Men’s Centering Prayer circles have been creating a hope-filled space for men to gather in person over the past six years.  During these times it’s more important than ever for us to continue supporting our practice, even in an online format.  We all need specific times for silence and quiet to support rich inner lives.  Centering Prayer is the “prayer beyond words,” a practice of self-surrender that supports extending interior silence into daily life.

Please join us as we gather to experience Centering Prayer, have a short sharing and offer support among men from a variety of experience levels.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

The Men’s Centering Prayer Circle is facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering.

Apr
15
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Apr
19
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Apr
20
Tue
Deepening Spiritual Direction Practice: 3 Frameworks to Enliven You and Your Clients @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Deepening Spiritual Direction Practice: 3 Frameworks to Enliven You and Your Clients @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Spiritual guidance is fulfilling and challenging work: fulfilling because the people we meet and the stories they tell are fascinating and varied, complex because we can often get stuck. We can feel we lack a broad enough range of tools to meet the complexities we face.

This course is for new and seasoned spiritual directors who want to tend to their craft. It’s for those who will value some additional tools and frameworks for this sacred work. We will look at three methods which deepen our assessments of what’s really going on for clients—discerning their dominant mindsets, clarifying feelings that underlie thought patterns, and identifying three phases within a client session in order to focus on what is most helpful to address within each phase.  Using these methods, we will explore how to engage clients when their core issues have surfaced. Sessions will include presentations and large group discussions.

Instructor: Scott McRae

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

Meditation together is a way of supporting our personal practice. Each session will include an opening prayer, a reading, and a 25-minute silent sitting meditation.

Those who have an existing meditation practice are welcome as well as those new to Christian Meditation (instructions available at each session).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

Facilitated by Deborah Chernick and Susan Oeffling, CSJ. To get the Zoom information for each of these sessions, please visit the program page.

Apr
21
Wed
Writer’s Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center
Apr 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Writer's Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

The most significant creation born of writing is the person the writer becomes for having written. With intention, a community can tend both the literary creation and what’s coming alive inside the creators.  In this facilitated small group modeled after spiritual direction groups and Quaker clearness committees, the circle will magnify our listening and hold us accountable to the creative source.  Unlike traditional writing groups which focus exclusively on the text, we will attend the aliveness moving within both writer and text. We create our best work when our inner transformation receives the support of others.

Limited to 8 participants, the Writer’s Circle is for those who write regularly, are committed to their projects, and are ready to share their work with others.   Facilitator Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will select participants based on individual readiness and the overall make-up of the group.

Please submit a letter of application describing your writing experience, your current project, any experience you’ve had giving and receiving feedback on creative work and/or participating in group contemplative discernment, and why you’re interested in this group to info@wisdomwayscenter.org  by April 1.  Include a one-page sample of your writing.

Sessions will start in person at the Carondelet Center either outside or socially distanced inside.  The group will assess ongoing meeting locations month-to-month.

Apr
22
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Apr
26
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Apr
27
Tue
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In a day and age when compassion and community can seem in short supply, we turn to Etty Hillesum (1914-1943). In early 1941, Etty Hillesum was coming of age intellectually, spiritually and socially in Amsterdam when she began keeping a diary. Nazis had occupied Holland for less than a year, and as Etty’s external world became smaller with each successive restriction of Jewish freedoms, she carefully tended her space within, stocking it with all that she cherished and needed for the challenges ahead.

Etty once wryly noted there was so much barbed wire at Westerbork that it could be hard to tell whether one was being fenced in or out. Fittingly, her journals offer us wise guidance for crossing the barbed divisions of our own time. She demonstrated another way, a way of love that she consciously cultivated and equally consciously passed on to others in her written pages. Realizing that the struggle for inner peace is one with the struggle for justice and the end of war, Etty refused to accept escape from the Nazi transit camp and continued her search for meaning through her own reflections and in service to others.

How do we shoulder the common challenges of our times—not only with all of humanity but with the Earth itself and all life upon it? Come explore her philosophical and theological reflections to discover how Etty’s story can be a source of healing for all of us.

April 27: Etty Hillesum as Witness to Healing and Wholeness
Mary Kaye Medinger, MA
, writer, editor, spiritual director and retreat leader. Following a brief introduction to the life and times of Etty Hillesum, Mary Kaye will speak of her own relationship with Etty in writing across time and space.

May 4: She Did Not Speak
Leslie Morris, Ph.D
. a scholar of German Jewish and Holocaust literature, is the Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts, Professor of German and Chair of the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, and former Director of UM’s the Center for Jewish Studies. She will read from She Did Not Speak, her hybrid, experimental memoir that moves between her family’s complex buried Holocaust history and a mysterious illness that came shortly after making a trip to Budapest to meet her newly discovered family.

Rabbi Morris Allen is the Rabbi Emeritus of Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights. He began his service as the first rabbi of the Congregation in 1986 and formally retired in June 2019. In that time, Beth Jacob became nationally recognized for creating an engaged and intentional community.

May 11: Can Religion Help Heal a World Broken by Trauma? Etty Hillesum as our Ancestor in the “Qahal goyim” (sacred assembly)
William (Bill) McDonough STL, STD, professor of moral theology, coordinator of the Master of Arts in Theology program at St. Catherine University, and two-time presenter at the Etty Hillesum International Conference, will use Etty’s writings to feed our moral imagination.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

Meditation together is a way of supporting our personal practice. Each session will include an opening prayer, a reading, and a 25-minute silent sitting meditation.

Those who have an existing meditation practice are welcome as well as those new to Christian Meditation (instructions available at each session).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

Facilitated by Deborah Chernick and Susan Oeffling, CSJ. To get the Zoom information for each of these sessions, please visit the program page.

Apr
28
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 28 @ 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Wisdom Ways Men’s Centering Prayer circles have been creating a hope-filled space for men to gather in person over the past six years.  During these times it’s more important than ever for us to continue supporting our practice, even in an online format.  We all need specific times for silence and quiet to support rich inner lives.  Centering Prayer is the “prayer beyond words,” a practice of self-surrender that supports extending interior silence into daily life.

Please join us as we gather to experience Centering Prayer, have a short sharing and offer support among men from a variety of experience levels.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

The Men’s Centering Prayer Circle is facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering.

Apr
29
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

May
1
Sat
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
May 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality and offer new insights into your life journey, broaden your sense of contribution to community and prepare you to deeply listen as a spiritual guide. If desired, receive training as a professional spiritual guide and companion.

Our work together is focused on three areas:

  • Origin and the new cosmic story: Awakening consciousness and developing new language. What is the unfolding universe?

  • Soul/Inner Life: Exploring, discovering and engaging with the sacred within. What is unfolding within me?

  • Community: What are my gifts and how am I being called to contribute to my community’s healing and unfolding story?

Areas of Study

  • Sacred Stories throughout time

  • Spirituality, Psychology and Social Issues

  • Ritual and Meaning Making

  • The Art of Discernment

  • Symbol and Myth

  • The Sacred Art of Listening

  • Loss and Grief

  • Vulnerability, Shame, Courage and Resilience

  • Dreamwork

  • Expressive Arts

  • Individual and group spiritual guidance

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program.

 

May
2
Sun
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
May 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality and offer new insights into your life journey, broaden your sense of contribution to community and prepare you to deeply listen as a spiritual guide. If desired, receive training as a professional spiritual guide and companion.

Our work together is focused on three areas:

  • Origin and the new cosmic story: Awakening consciousness and developing new language. What is the unfolding universe?

  • Soul/Inner Life: Exploring, discovering and engaging with the sacred within. What is unfolding within me?

  • Community: What are my gifts and how am I being called to contribute to my community’s healing and unfolding story?

Areas of Study

  • Sacred Stories throughout time

  • Spirituality, Psychology and Social Issues

  • Ritual and Meaning Making

  • The Art of Discernment

  • Symbol and Myth

  • The Sacred Art of Listening

  • Loss and Grief

  • Vulnerability, Shame, Courage and Resilience

  • Dreamwork

  • Expressive Arts

  • Individual and group spiritual guidance

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program.

 

May
3
Mon
Introduction to the Enneagram: 9 Way to Move from Trance to Dance
May 3 – May 25 all-day
Introduction to the Enneagram: 9 Way to Move from Trance to Dance

We often get lulled into thinking that things will get easier if only our outer circumstances change. The Enneagram is a map for shifting our inner lives so that we flourish more in our outer lives. It is a system for self-development that uses a nine-pointed figure to portray nine basic personality styles. Each type views life through a different lens. Each type falls into a trance that is unique to it, relying on patterns that become a kind of sleepwalking. And, each type has a unique pathway to freedom.

Weaving together ancient wisdom, contemporary psychology, and contemplative spirituality, the Enneagram is a tool that transforms lives.

COURSE FORMAT

During this self-paced, three-week online independent study, you will take a deep dive into what is quickly becoming one of the most referenced human development tools throughout the world. The course is self-paced and easy to use. Participants can view Scott’s video lectures, interact with reflection questions, engage with other participants in a private Facebook group (optional), and access additional supplemental materials to guide them in their learning journey. Scott will also host two Zoom calls (optional, but recommended) over the duration of the course. These calls will give those who wish to attend the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the instructor and other participants.

The course is divided into three parts:

Part One: The Human Challenge: Awakening to the Trance
The course opens with a look at the history of the Enneagram and the human struggle to move from our small, entranced selves to our vital, essential selves. It explores how our shifting levels of awareness significantly impact our experience of the world. It frames the journey of the Enneagram as a “downward ascent” and then walks through the model of the Enneagram and various factors that impact our dominant type.

Part Two: Exploring the Nine Types: Nine Pathways to Freedom
Each of the nine types falls into one of three intelligence centers (heart, head, and body), and we start by exploring these three centers of perception. Then each of the types are explored by looking at the key dynamics that contract our perceptions (the downward journey) and the pathways that lead to freedom and the unique gifts of each type (the ascent).

Part Three: The Blossoming of the Enneagram: Joining the Liberating Dance
The Enneagram is like an onion with many layers, and this third part explores some of the additional features that deepen our understanding of our type and the model. We also examine how the model contains a mapping system for how we can move from trance to dance. The course closes by inviting us into an exercise that helps us learn how our shadow aspects function in our type and lives and, finally, how the Enneagram invites us to evolve into our unique genius.

Registered participants will be able to access the course from May 3 – May 25. Please visit the program page for more information about online course details and expectations.

May
4
Tue
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In a day and age when compassion and community can seem in short supply, we turn to Etty Hillesum (1914-1943). In early 1941, Etty Hillesum was coming of age intellectually, spiritually and socially in Amsterdam when she began keeping a diary. Nazis had occupied Holland for less than a year, and as Etty’s external world became smaller with each successive restriction of Jewish freedoms, she carefully tended her space within, stocking it with all that she cherished and needed for the challenges ahead.

Etty once wryly noted there was so much barbed wire at Westerbork that it could be hard to tell whether one was being fenced in or out. Fittingly, her journals offer us wise guidance for crossing the barbed divisions of our own time. She demonstrated another way, a way of love that she consciously cultivated and equally consciously passed on to others in her written pages. Realizing that the struggle for inner peace is one with the struggle for justice and the end of war, Etty refused to accept escape from the Nazi transit camp and continued her search for meaning through her own reflections and in service to others.

How do we shoulder the common challenges of our times—not only with all of humanity but with the Earth itself and all life upon it? Come explore her philosophical and theological reflections to discover how Etty’s story can be a source of healing for all of us.

April 27: Etty Hillesum as Witness to Healing and Wholeness
Mary Kaye Medinger, MA
, writer, editor, spiritual director and retreat leader. Following a brief introduction to the life and times of Etty Hillesum, Mary Kaye will speak of her own relationship with Etty in writing across time and space.

May 4: She Did Not Speak
Leslie Morris, Ph.D
. a scholar of German Jewish and Holocaust literature, is the Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts, Professor of German and Chair of the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, and former Director of UM’s the Center for Jewish Studies. She will read from She Did Not Speak, her hybrid, experimental memoir that moves between her family’s complex buried Holocaust history and a mysterious illness that came shortly after making a trip to Budapest to meet her newly discovered family.

Rabbi Morris Allen is the Rabbi Emeritus of Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights. He began his service as the first rabbi of the Congregation in 1986 and formally retired in June 2019. In that time, Beth Jacob became nationally recognized for creating an engaged and intentional community.

May 11: Can Religion Help Heal a World Broken by Trauma? Etty Hillesum as our Ancestor in the “Qahal goyim” (sacred assembly)
William (Bill) McDonough STL, STD, professor of moral theology, coordinator of the Master of Arts in Theology program at St. Catherine University, and two-time presenter at the Etty Hillesum International Conference, will use Etty’s writings to feed our moral imagination.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

Meditation together is a way of supporting our personal practice. Each session will include an opening prayer, a reading, and a 25-minute silent sitting meditation.

Those who have an existing meditation practice are welcome as well as those new to Christian Meditation (instructions available at each session).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

Facilitated by Deborah Chernick and Susan Oeffling, CSJ. To get the Zoom information for each of these sessions, please visit the program page.

May
6
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Living Water @ TBD; local Twin Cities Park
May 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Living Water @ TBD; local Twin Cities Park

Have you felt the impulse to recharge by the water? Come explore how richly meaningful praying by the water can be, grounded in tradition and connecting us with our community. A 45-minute presentation will prepare you for 30 minutes of practice. Meditative songs and readings will help you enter into silent contemplation. Through stories, Christian mysticism, the watershed, and justice movements, we will explore the depth and significance of contemplation by the water.

May 6: Living Water
The Scripture expression “Living Water” invites us to ponder how the water is alive. Standing on the banks of the flowing Mississippi we cannot help but observe the life of the water and the life around it. Come explore the idea that water holds consciousness and a memory of our geological, indigenous, and modern history. Contemplating by the water helps our hearts–not just our minds–connect with the aliveness of water, and kindles a mystical inner wellspring of living water.

May 13: Immersing Ourselves in the Water
This session is about immersing ourselves in the water and being transformed by that encounter. Water connects us all and our watershed links us together in what Brock Dolman calls a “basin of relationships.” We will explore how baptism can be an initiation into deeper relatedness. You will also learn the three ways the concept of Watershed Discipleship (from the title of Ched Myers’ anthology) invites us to immerse ourselves in loving this holy and sacred created world.

May 20: Blessing the Water
Come learn from our relatives in the Eastern and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches, who have rich traditions for blessing the water. Our contemplative practice is inspired by the Eastern Orthodox Great Blessing of the Waters. Knowing our roots will add richness and grounding to our practice.

Instructor: Emily Jarrett Hughes

This course will be held at a local Twin Cities park. Check back for details.

May
11
Tue
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In a day and age when compassion and community can seem in short supply, we turn to Etty Hillesum (1914-1943). In early 1941, Etty Hillesum was coming of age intellectually, spiritually and socially in Amsterdam when she began keeping a diary. Nazis had occupied Holland for less than a year, and as Etty’s external world became smaller with each successive restriction of Jewish freedoms, she carefully tended her space within, stocking it with all that she cherished and needed for the challenges ahead.

Etty once wryly noted there was so much barbed wire at Westerbork that it could be hard to tell whether one was being fenced in or out. Fittingly, her journals offer us wise guidance for crossing the barbed divisions of our own time. She demonstrated another way, a way of love that she consciously cultivated and equally consciously passed on to others in her written pages. Realizing that the struggle for inner peace is one with the struggle for justice and the end of war, Etty refused to accept escape from the Nazi transit camp and continued her search for meaning through her own reflections and in service to others.

How do we shoulder the common challenges of our times—not only with all of humanity but with the Earth itself and all life upon it? Come explore her philosophical and theological reflections to discover how Etty’s story can be a source of healing for all of us.

April 27: Etty Hillesum as Witness to Healing and Wholeness
Mary Kaye Medinger, MA
, writer, editor, spiritual director and retreat leader. Following a brief introduction to the life and times of Etty Hillesum, Mary Kaye will speak of her own relationship with Etty in writing across time and space.

May 4: She Did Not Speak
Leslie Morris, Ph.D
. a scholar of German Jewish and Holocaust literature, is the Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts, Professor of German and Chair of the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, and former Director of UM’s the Center for Jewish Studies. She will read from She Did Not Speak, her hybrid, experimental memoir that moves between her family’s complex buried Holocaust history and a mysterious illness that came shortly after making a trip to Budapest to meet her newly discovered family.

Rabbi Morris Allen is the Rabbi Emeritus of Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights. He began his service as the first rabbi of the Congregation in 1986 and formally retired in June 2019. In that time, Beth Jacob became nationally recognized for creating an engaged and intentional community.

May 11: Can Religion Help Heal a World Broken by Trauma? Etty Hillesum as our Ancestor in the “Qahal goyim” (sacred assembly)
William (Bill) McDonough STL, STD, professor of moral theology, coordinator of the Master of Arts in Theology program at St. Catherine University, and two-time presenter at the Etty Hillesum International Conference, will use Etty’s writings to feed our moral imagination.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

Meditation together is a way of supporting our personal practice. Each session will include an opening prayer, a reading, and a 25-minute silent sitting meditation.

Those who have an existing meditation practice are welcome as well as those new to Christian Meditation (instructions available at each session).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

Facilitated by Deborah Chernick and Susan Oeffling, CSJ. To get the Zoom information for each of these sessions, please visit the program page.

May
12
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 12 @ 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Wisdom Ways Men’s Centering Prayer circles have been creating a hope-filled space for men to gather in person over the past six years.  During these times it’s more important than ever for us to continue supporting our practice, even in an online format.  We all need specific times for silence and quiet to support rich inner lives.  Centering Prayer is the “prayer beyond words,” a practice of self-surrender that supports extending interior silence into daily life.

Please join us as we gather to experience Centering Prayer, have a short sharing and offer support among men from a variety of experience levels.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

The Men’s Centering Prayer Circle is facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering.

May
13
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Living Water @ TBD; local Twin Cities Park
May 13 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Living Water @ TBD; local Twin Cities Park

Have you felt the impulse to recharge by the water? Come explore how richly meaningful praying by the water can be, grounded in tradition and connecting us with our community. A 45-minute presentation will prepare you for 30 minutes of practice. Meditative songs and readings will help you enter into silent contemplation. Through stories, Christian mysticism, the watershed, and justice movements, we will explore the depth and significance of contemplation by the water.

May 6: Living Water
The Scripture expression “Living Water” invites us to ponder how the water is alive. Standing on the banks of the flowing Mississippi we cannot help but observe the life of the water and the life around it. Come explore the idea that water holds consciousness and a memory of our geological, indigenous, and modern history. Contemplating by the water helps our hearts–not just our minds–connect with the aliveness of water, and kindles a mystical inner wellspring of living water.

May 13: Immersing Ourselves in the Water
This session is about immersing ourselves in the water and being transformed by that encounter. Water connects us all and our watershed links us together in what Brock Dolman calls a “basin of relationships.” We will explore how baptism can be an initiation into deeper relatedness. You will also learn the three ways the concept of Watershed Discipleship (from the title of Ched Myers’ anthology) invites us to immerse ourselves in loving this holy and sacred created world.

May 20: Blessing the Water
Come learn from our relatives in the Eastern and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches, who have rich traditions for blessing the water. Our contemplative practice is inspired by the Eastern Orthodox Great Blessing of the Waters. Knowing our roots will add richness and grounding to our practice.

Instructor: Emily Jarrett Hughes

This course will be held at a local Twin Cities park. Check back for details.

Poetry’s Prophetic Tending @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Poetry's Prophetic Tending @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Poetry is a prophetic vessel through which the truth of any moment may be tended and brought to the surface where it can inform those changes that are calling us to action.  Come and savor four evenings with poets returning to Wisdom Ways.  Each will engage in conversation about the place and importance of poetry in our time, share poems of their own and others that have inspired and spoken to them this past year, and answer participant questions.  Their words will tend to our deepest longings and be a prophetic witness within our uncertain times.

February 11: Naomi Shihab Nye
Tuning In-That Poem is Trying to Find You

March 11: Sagirah Shahid
Contemplative Poetry and Resistance

April 8: Gwen Nell Westerman
Listening to the Land

May 13: Mark Nepo
The Wisdom of a Broken-Open Heart

These readings will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

May
14
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey
May 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey

In the midst of daily challenges and conflicts, within our greater communities, cultivating a spirit of harmony and peace is a gift for yourself and the world. Although we cannot gather together in person to labyrinth walk, we can support one another in our labyrinth practice as well as walk intentionally as a community for harmony.

Between the hours of 9:30 – 11:30 am (Central Time) on second Fridays through July, we invite you to engage in your own labyrinth practice individually or with a small group at your own location of choice, with awareness that others will be simultaneously participating alongside you from afar. You might walk an outdoor labyrinth, trace a finger labyrinth, or visit an indoor labyrinth to which you have access.

In addition to joining this community experience, you will receive access to a password protected webpage that includes a reflection, opportunity for engaged action, and further learning resources. You are welcome to use the resources throughout the month as part of your contemplative practice.

To receive the email that contains the webpage and password, please RSVP. The emails will be sent on Thursday evenings prior to each listed Friday morning program date.

 

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Monthly online drop-in sessions facilitated by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew  focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir:  themes that commonly arise, craft techniques, challenges and joys of the writing process, and practices for opening our work to the spirit’s movement.  Sessions include writing exercises, examples from leading and emerging writers, lecture, and small group conversation.  To support individual writers and writing groups in the ever-deepening practice of writing spiritual memoir, time is included for participant questions.

Each online session will be facilitated by Elizabeth via Zoom.  Elizabeth will reflect on the day’s theme and provide readings, writing prompts and handouts with craft advice. The sessions will allow time for small group breakout discussion as well as large group discussion and questions.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

May
17
Mon
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop (May)
May 17 – Jun 4 all-day
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop (May)

 

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 of 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.

Join Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew for an introduction to the art and spiritual practice of writing memoir.  What is memoir, and how is it different from autobiography?  What makes memoir spiritual?  How can the practice of writing memoir, whether for an audience or no audience, support spiritual growth?  We will start with the basics, using writing exercises, readings from master writers, and conversation.  We will also discuss how to sustain the practice with writing partners or small groups.

During this self-paced, two-and-a-half-week online independent study, writers can view Elizabeth’s video lectures, respond to writing prompts, and immerse themselves in the genre and practice of spiritual memoir through readings. Elizabeth will meet with the class via Zoom.

Registered participants will be able to access the course from May 17 – June 4. Please visit the program page for more details about online course details and expectations.

May
18
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

Meditation together is a way of supporting our personal practice. Each session will include an opening prayer, a reading, and a 25-minute silent sitting meditation.

Those who have an existing meditation practice are welcome as well as those new to Christian Meditation (instructions available at each session).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

Facilitated by Deborah Chernick and Susan Oeffling, CSJ. To get the Zoom information for each of these sessions, please visit the program page.

May
19
Wed
Writer’s Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center
May 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Writer's Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

The most significant creation born of writing is the person the writer becomes for having written. With intention, a community can tend both the literary creation and what’s coming alive inside the creators.  In this facilitated small group modeled after spiritual direction groups and Quaker clearness committees, the circle will magnify our listening and hold us accountable to the creative source.  Unlike traditional writing groups which focus exclusively on the text, we will attend the aliveness moving within both writer and text. We create our best work when our inner transformation receives the support of others.

Limited to 8 participants, the Writer’s Circle is for those who write regularly, are committed to their projects, and are ready to share their work with others.   Facilitator Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will select participants based on individual readiness and the overall make-up of the group.

Please submit a letter of application describing your writing experience, your current project, any experience you’ve had giving and receiving feedback on creative work and/or participating in group contemplative discernment, and why you’re interested in this group to info@wisdomwayscenter.org  by April 1.  Include a one-page sample of your writing.

Sessions will start in person at the Carondelet Center either outside or socially distanced inside.  The group will assess ongoing meeting locations month-to-month.

A Journey Without a Guidebook: The Joys, Dreams, and Disappointments of Fatherhood @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 19 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
A Journey Without a Guidebook: The Joys, Dreams, and Disappointments of Fatherhood @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

All of us who have been or hope to be fathers have a vision of how we want it to be. But the reality is often far different than we had hoped or expected.  All we can know for certain is “as the twig is bent, so grows the tree.”  And we often don’t know how we are bending that twig until the tree is grown.

In this Zoom workshop we will share some of our experiences with fatherhood, either as fathers ourselves or as the sons of fathers who influenced us, for good or for ill, with the choices they made.

Participants should reflect on the following questions and be prepared to speak for a few minutes on what their experience with fatherhood has taught them:

  • What is the best choice you made as a father?
  • What do you regret having done?
  • What did you learn from your father, positively or negatively, that influenced the way you raised or hope to raise your children?
  • Based on your experience as a father or a son, what single piece of advice would you give to a man about to become a father?
  • What single value did you/do you most want to impart to your children?

Instructor: Kent Nerburn

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

May
20
Thu
Living Water @ TBD; local Twin Cities Park
May 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Living Water @ TBD; local Twin Cities Park

Have you felt the impulse to recharge by the water? Come explore how richly meaningful praying by the water can be, grounded in tradition and connecting us with our community. A 45-minute presentation will prepare you for 30 minutes of practice. Meditative songs and readings will help you enter into silent contemplation. Through stories, Christian mysticism, the watershed, and justice movements, we will explore the depth and significance of contemplation by the water.

May 6: Living Water
The Scripture expression “Living Water” invites us to ponder how the water is alive. Standing on the banks of the flowing Mississippi we cannot help but observe the life of the water and the life around it. Come explore the idea that water holds consciousness and a memory of our geological, indigenous, and modern history. Contemplating by the water helps our hearts–not just our minds–connect with the aliveness of water, and kindles a mystical inner wellspring of living water.

May 13: Immersing Ourselves in the Water
This session is about immersing ourselves in the water and being transformed by that encounter. Water connects us all and our watershed links us together in what Brock Dolman calls a “basin of relationships.” We will explore how baptism can be an initiation into deeper relatedness. You will also learn the three ways the concept of Watershed Discipleship (from the title of Ched Myers’ anthology) invites us to immerse ourselves in loving this holy and sacred created world.

May 20: Blessing the Water
Come learn from our relatives in the Eastern and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches, who have rich traditions for blessing the water. Our contemplative practice is inspired by the Eastern Orthodox Great Blessing of the Waters. Knowing our roots will add richness and grounding to our practice.

Instructor: Emily Jarrett Hughes

This course will be held at a local Twin Cities park. Check back for details.

Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.

We live in a moment of tremendous hope and opportunity — a moment that’s ripe for us to address the social, environmental and economic issues far too long ignored, and to do so with courage, compassion and, especially important, commitment.

Come encounter and embrace a framework and a process to help us meet this moment successfully and with the recognition that we cannot do this alone. Focusing on the question Who do we need to be to have the transformative conversations we need to have?, this interactive workshop offers a powerful set of research-based principles and strategies that will equip you to engage creatively in meaningful and productive dialogue with anyone — an essential skill if we’re to heal, resolve, and move forward together as one.

Through presentations, small- and large-group discussion, and exercises, you will more deeply understand:

  • The psychological and neurological dynamics that turn conversations into conflicts.
  • How a focus on relationship can unlock new possibilities for radical transformation.
  • How your personal story can be both a barrier and a bridge to understanding and resolution.
  • How to look beyond your personal story to access more easily and deeply your innate capacity for connection, creativity and collaboration.
  • How to apply these tools and strategies to a difficult conversation in your own life.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This course is facilitated by Kern Beare.

May
25
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

Meditation together is a way of supporting our personal practice. Each session will include an opening prayer, a reading, and a 25-minute silent sitting meditation.

Those who have an existing meditation practice are welcome as well as those new to Christian Meditation (instructions available at each session).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

Facilitated by Deborah Chernick and Susan Oeffling, CSJ. To get the Zoom information for each of these sessions, please visit the program page.

May
26
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 26 @ 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Wisdom Ways Men’s Centering Prayer circles have been creating a hope-filled space for men to gather in person over the past six years.  During these times it’s more important than ever for us to continue supporting our practice, even in an online format.  We all need specific times for silence and quiet to support rich inner lives.  Centering Prayer is the “prayer beyond words,” a practice of self-surrender that supports extending interior silence into daily life.

Please join us as we gather to experience Centering Prayer, have a short sharing and offer support among men from a variety of experience levels.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

The Men’s Centering Prayer Circle is facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering.