Come and explore the radical, independent nature and legacy of a medieval lay women’s movement that involved thousands of women over several centuries in northern Europe and in some cases has continued to our own time!
This two-part series will help in identifying innate gifts we have which are not always recognized and celebrated by not only the culture around us, but by us, ourselves. What might happen if we re-imagine the gifts of being male?
Learn more about everyday life within the Somali community in the Twin Cities and the challenges faced by refugees through an award-winning film written and directed by Musa Syeed. “A Stray” is about a Somali refugee whose life changes, not always for the better, when he befriends a dog, despite the fact that as a Muslim, Adan believes dogs are haram or forbidden under Islamic law.
Come explore Wisdom Ways’ two-year Transforming Soul and Society Program. Immerse yourself in a day of ritual, music, presentations, creative arts/sandplay, shared inquiry and conversation—modeled on a typical day in this learning community for spiritual development and guidance.
Spend an evening reflecting on the lives and spirituality of two of the four women officially proclaimed Doctors of the Church: the Spanish Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) and the French Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897). These two beloved Carmelite mystics, separated by nearly four centuries, imagined new ways of understanding Holy Mystery and invite us to do so also.
Come hear stories of the Celtic saints and their kinship with animals from the Celtic hagiographies, the largest body of Christian saint and animal stories in existence. While those saints were often depicted as friends and protectors of animals, this presentation will also examine what the animals did for them—often portraying them as “consociates” or “lay oblates” of the monastic communities themselves. Implications and positive actions related to these will be examined and discussed.
The task of re-imagining never ends. Our times call for us to see things afresh and live life anew. This year’s Fall Soul Conference equips us for the task by highlighting and continuing the feminist, womanist, mujerista, and theological Re-Imagining movement to engage contemporary issues of race, gender, sexuality: body, race and being.
Come delve into a new collection of poetry by Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Mary Moore Easter. The Body of the World was a finalist for the 2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize.
Poet Angela Jackson says Easter’s new book “leads us through the tangled past and bristling present of race, slavery, gender, and cruelty, through China, France, and America. Easter offers beauty, breathe, and hope. She will leave you wiser––O, so much wiser.”
Whether you’ve read this engaging novel or not, come, learn, and participate in conversation about how it explores the resilient human, pioneer spirit. Living at the turn of century and the rise of modernization, Willa Cather was sensitive to the losses endured by land and peoples. In her writing she lifted up the cultural jewels engendered from prairie-life and immigrant experience. One hundred years after the novel’s publication, we can reflect on how it speaks to us and our challenges today.
This retreat day focuses on an in-depth approach to becoming a more whole human being, one whose vision and way of life becomes ever more transparent and animated. This inner freedom leads to an expansion of compassion and to dwelling in fuller harmony with both self and the larger world.