Poetry as a Conversation with Something Better: A Reading by Naomi Shihab Nye and Ibtisam Barakat

“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.

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Paradox and Songs: A Springtime Circle of Trust® Retreat

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.

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The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation

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.

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Seeking God in the Stillness: A Winter Silence Retreat

Winter’s stillness invites us to step away from the busyness of our everyday lives and enter into a time of quiet. This residential retreat in the Christian contemplative tradition is intended for those who wish to awaken more fully to the Divine presence. The days, which will be spent in silence, will be highly structured, with a pattern of 25-minute sitting meditations, teachings, and other contemplative practices.

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Praying the Advent Names of God

Join artist Ansgar Holmberg and prayer poet Joan Mitchell to reflect and meditate on the Advent names of God. A blend of words and images will invite us to transform the traditional O Antiphons from the Advent Liturgy of the Hours into the context of evolutionary cosmology, opening new space for us to anticipate Jesus’ birth in our busy lives and our planet in peril.

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The Way of Our People: Conversation with D. Richard Wright, Ojibwe Elder

Join an evening of conversation with author Donald Richard Wright, who observed and studied the ancient ceremonies of the Aboriginal Ojibwe in Little Black River Reserve, Ontario, Canada. Its ceremony maker was a 94-year-old Ojibwe-Cree who lived in the mountains near Edmonton.

Wright wanted to experience and research the ceremonies in order to understand “the fundamental cultural strengths of the Indian who became copious drinkers of alcohol,” he says. “As an aspirant to the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Minneapolis Deaconate Program, if I was to counsel the drinker, then my ministry became to know a little about these beliefs.”

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