Jan
2
Thu
the seven allusions: the journeys within @ Carondelet Center
Jan 2 – Apr 30 all-day

memory by Bob Schmitt

Minnesota brush painter Bob Schmitt presents seven previous unexhibited graphic prints alluding to experiences in one’s own inner life:

  • ordinary radiance
  • memory
  • reckless abandon
  • grace
  • wonder
  • rapture
  • faith

Accompanying these images are seven separate pieces expressing each allusion in Chinese calligraphy.

Discover experience that often exists in places beyond words.

 

 

Conversations with artist Bob Schmitt:

 

grace by Bob Schmitt

Opening and Conversation with the Artist
Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

Artist Reflection: “Allusions or illusions?”
Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

 

Artist:

Bob Schmitt is a Quaker and a student and teacher of Chinese calligraphy and painting who lives and paints a stone’s throw from Minnehaha Falls. He began brush painting as a 12-year-old watching public television and has studied weekly with a Chinese painting master for over 20 years.

 

 

 

Building Hours

As of March 17, the Carondelet Center is closed due to social distancing measures related to COVID-19. 

Please continue to check the Wisdom Ways website for updates related to the building re-opening.

You are also welcome to call the Wisdom Ways office at 651-696-2788 or email info@wisdomwayscenter.org for further information.

 

 

Apr
8
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Apr 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice-monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Centering Prayer Circle on March 18, April 8 and 22.

Apr
10
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Apr 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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.

You are invited to walk the labyrinth indoors or outdoors at Carondelet Center, whether this is your first walk or you are developing a spiritual practice.

After a brief opening reflection, you are welcome to walk as often as you wish. There will be space for writing and artistic play as well as time for quiet prayer and meditation.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Walking in Harmony on April 10.

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center
Apr 10 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Monthly drop-in sessions led 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.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Writing the Sacred Journey on April 10.

Apr
11
Sat
Meditation: Holy Saturday Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Meditation: Holy Saturday Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Enter into the emptiness of Holy Saturday. This time of prayer includes a short reading, two 25-minute sitting meditations, and walking meditation.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Holy Saturday Meditation on April 11.

Apr
13
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center
Apr 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Life, love, loss, death, hope—the common coin of human experience.   Spring Hedgerow features Gnostic scholar Elaine Pagels as she reflectively traces her own spiritual journey in her memoir Why Religion?.  Lent features Elizabeth Johnson’s creative dialogue with the satisfaction theology of Anselm—that Jesus had to die for our sins. In 1098, theologian Anselm wrote a treatise that claimed it was necessary for God to become a human being and die in order to save the human race from our sins.  This satisfaction theory that Jesus’ death paid back what was due to God grew out of the feudal culture of the time, and for the next millennium in the West put the emphasis on sin and the cross rather than Jesus’ resurrection.

February Mondays 3, 10, 17, 24:
Elaine Pagels struggles through loss as a parent, spouse, scholar, friend, and ever-curious seeker for healing and hope.  Why do we need religion?  How do spiritual traditions sustain us—our rituals and prayers, our contemplative practices and generous actions for the good of others?  Who sustains us, especially in pain, crisis, and loss—family, friends, spouses, communities of faith, Jesus, God?

March Mondays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April Mondays 6, 13, 20:
Celebrate Lent and all creation with fresh Easter theology.  What do we make of Jesus’ death today?  For nearly a thousand years Anselm of Canterbury (A.D. 1033-1109) has shaped the Western Church’s idea of God and the cross of Jesus, making God an abusive father who sends his son to die for our sins.  Johnson’s book journeys from Anselm’s feudal interpretation into the life of Jesus’ resurrection in cosmic context.  By Easter, participants may be a new kind of Christian.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, via Zoom Session.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Hedgerow on Mondays, March 16 – April 20.

Apr
14
Tue
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ Carondelet Center
Apr 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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. It was less than a year after the Nazis had occupied Holland, 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 of her.

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.

“It is sometimes hard to take in and comprehend, oh God, what those created in Your likeness do to each other in these disjointed days. But I no longer shut myself away in my room, … I try to look things straight in the face, even the worst crimes, and to discover the small, naked human being amid the monstrous wreckage caused by [people]’s senseless deeds. ….” (134-135) 

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?

These three sessions invite us to explore her philosophical and theological reflections to discover how Etty’s story can be a source of healing for all of us.

April 14: Etty Hillesum as Witness to Healing and Wholeness.
Mary Kaye Medinger, MA, writer, editor, spiritual director, retreat leader, will speak of her own relationship with Etty across time and space.

April 21: She Did Not Speak.
Leslie Morris, PhD, Professor of German and Chair of the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, where she served for ten years as Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, shares how Etty’s writing helped her process the emotional and medical trauma of her own Holocaust family history.

April 28: 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.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us on April 14, 21, and 28.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Meditation on Tuesdays, March 17 – April 28.

Apr
16
Thu
The Moral Imagination of Self-Compassion: Coming Home to our Bodily Selves in this World @ Carondelet Center
Apr 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Moral Imagination of Self-Compassion: Coming Home to our Bodily Selves in this World @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Compassion—the key to creating communal hospitality, to overcoming division and creating a place of belonging for ourselves and others—begins in our capacity to sense and feel, attuned to our lived experiences of suffering. Compassion is being in touch with the power of our feelings and thus, being at home in our own bodies. Being in tune with the range of emotions—attuning to the energy of our own bodies—is the condition for the possibility of being open and hospitable to others. Being compassionate is rendered more complex in our world of racialized violence and oppression. Yet the yearning to belong to our own true selves in harmony with one another sounds forth in our fractured lives. Leaning into and enlarging our capacity to be compassionate is to live in the freedom of love.

This three-part series speaks from and to the importance of navigating the flow of emotions in and among us; acknowledges the formidable impact of colonized bodies; draws upon traditions of contemplation and movement in the practice of being present to our bodily selves; plays with sacred and ordinary stories of compassion; engages in self-reflective activities; and trusts in the work of the Spirit to enliven our time together. Our exploration acknowledges the larger spiritual journey of individual growth and development, and the company of trusted others, to include book wisdom. My Grandmother’s Hands will ground our conversations even as it will continue to be a resource for you.

This series is facilitated by Rev. Dr. Karin A. Craven.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes The Moral Imagination of Self-Compassion Series on April 2, 16, and 30.

Apr
20
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center
Apr 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: God of Life and of the Living @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Life, love, loss, death, hope—the common coin of human experience.   Spring Hedgerow features Gnostic scholar Elaine Pagels as she reflectively traces her own spiritual journey in her memoir Why Religion?.  Lent features Elizabeth Johnson’s creative dialogue with the satisfaction theology of Anselm—that Jesus had to die for our sins. In 1098, theologian Anselm wrote a treatise that claimed it was necessary for God to become a human being and die in order to save the human race from our sins.  This satisfaction theory that Jesus’ death paid back what was due to God grew out of the feudal culture of the time, and for the next millennium in the West put the emphasis on sin and the cross rather than Jesus’ resurrection.

February Mondays 3, 10, 17, 24:
Elaine Pagels struggles through loss as a parent, spouse, scholar, friend, and ever-curious seeker for healing and hope.  Why do we need religion?  How do spiritual traditions sustain us—our rituals and prayers, our contemplative practices and generous actions for the good of others?  Who sustains us, especially in pain, crisis, and loss—family, friends, spouses, communities of faith, Jesus, God?

March Mondays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April Mondays 6, 13, 20:
Celebrate Lent and all creation with fresh Easter theology.  What do we make of Jesus’ death today?  For nearly a thousand years Anselm of Canterbury (A.D. 1033-1109) has shaped the Western Church’s idea of God and the cross of Jesus, making God an abusive father who sends his son to die for our sins.  Johnson’s book journeys from Anselm’s feudal interpretation into the life of Jesus’ resurrection in cosmic context.  By Easter, participants may be a new kind of Christian.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, via Zoom Session.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Hedgerow on Mondays, March 16 – April 20.

Apr
21
Tue
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ Carondelet Center
Apr 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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. It was less than a year after the Nazis had occupied Holland, 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 of her.

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.

“It is sometimes hard to take in and comprehend, oh God, what those created in Your likeness do to each other in these disjointed days. But I no longer shut myself away in my room, … I try to look things straight in the face, even the worst crimes, and to discover the small, naked human being amid the monstrous wreckage caused by [people]’s senseless deeds. ….” (134-135) 

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?

These three sessions invite us to explore her philosophical and theological reflections to discover how Etty’s story can be a source of healing for all of us.

April 14: Etty Hillesum as Witness to Healing and Wholeness.
Mary Kaye Medinger, MA, writer, editor, spiritual director, retreat leader, will speak of her own relationship with Etty across time and space.

April 21: She Did Not Speak.
Leslie Morris, PhD, Professor of German and Chair of the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, where she served for ten years as Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, shares how Etty’s writing helped her process the emotional and medical trauma of her own Holocaust family history.

April 28: 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.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us on April 14, 21, and 28.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Meditation on Tuesdays, March 17 – April 28.

Apr
22
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Apr 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice-monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Centering Prayer Circle on March 18, April 8 and 22.

Apr
23
Thu
Men’s Spirituality: The Cross Country Adventure with Kern Beare and Will Beare @ Carondelet Center
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Men’s Spirituality: The Cross Country Adventure with Kern Beare and Will Beare @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

In January 2017, Kern Beare and his son Will embarked on a cross-country “conversation road tour” to talk to as many people as possible about the state of our country and how we could move forward together. From that experience, Kern developed and has been facilitating a workshop called Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together.

Come hear Kern and Will share stories and insights from their cross-country adventure and workshop experiences. Participate in an interactive exploration of some of the social, psychological and even neurological dynamics that often prevent men from constructively conversing with one another in the face of disagreement, including the fear of vulnerability and the impulse to “win.” Learn some specific strategies to work through those dynamics, allowing us to stay engaged in “difficult conversations” creatively and compassionately.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes The Cross Country Adventure on April 23.

Apr
24
Fri
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ Carondelet Center
Apr 24 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

The Difficult Conversations Project is an initiative to help people have respectful, productive dialogues on the challenges that confront our communities, our nation and our world. This powerful set of research-based principles and strategies will equip you to engage in meaningful dialogue with anyone, regardless of social or ideological differences.

Focusing on the question, Who do we need to be to have the conversations we need to have? this workshop will help you:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics that turn conversations into conflicts.
  • Discover how one critical shift in thinking can turn a negative interaction into a creative and constructive engagement. Understand how our personal story can be a tool to both build bridges and burn them.
  • Learn how to look beyond our personal story to access more easily and deeply our innate capacity for connection, creativity and collaboration.

Workshop participants experience how their personal story shapes their perception.

Facilitated by Kern Beare.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Difficult Conversations on April 24.

Apr
26
Sun
Celebrate the Spice-Bearing Women @ Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, Carondelet Center Campus
Apr 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Celebrate the Spice-Bearing Women @ Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, Carondelet Center Campus | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

On the 3rd Sunday of Easter, the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the Myrrh-Bearing Women. Mary Kaye Medinger, Joan Mitchell, and Karen Hilgers will create a liturgy to these women disciples, who are the first witnesses that Jesus has risen, namely, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, Joanna, Suzanna, Salome, the wife of Cleopas, Mary of Bethany, Martha of Bethany, Peter’s mother-in-law.

Please contact Joan (651-690-7012) if you are interested in developing the role of one of the women, studying what the gospels and women scholars say about her, and then telling her story in the first person as part of the liturgy.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Celebrating the Spice-Bearing Women on April 26.

Apr
28
Tue
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ Carondelet Center
Apr 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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. It was less than a year after the Nazis had occupied Holland, 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 of her.

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.

“It is sometimes hard to take in and comprehend, oh God, what those created in Your likeness do to each other in these disjointed days. But I no longer shut myself away in my room, … I try to look things straight in the face, even the worst crimes, and to discover the small, naked human being amid the monstrous wreckage caused by [people]’s senseless deeds. ….” (134-135) 

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?

These three sessions invite us to explore her philosophical and theological reflections to discover how Etty’s story can be a source of healing for all of us.

April 14: Etty Hillesum as Witness to Healing and Wholeness.
Mary Kaye Medinger, MA, writer, editor, spiritual director, retreat leader, will speak of her own relationship with Etty across time and space.

April 21: She Did Not Speak.
Leslie Morris, PhD, Professor of German and Chair of the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, where she served for ten years as Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, shares how Etty’s writing helped her process the emotional and medical trauma of her own Holocaust family history.

April 28: 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.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us on April 14, 21, and 28.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Meditation on Tuesdays, March 17 – April 28.

Apr
30
Thu
The Moral Imagination of Self-Compassion: Coming Home to our Bodily Selves in this World @ Carondelet Center
Apr 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Moral Imagination of Self-Compassion: Coming Home to our Bodily Selves in this World @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Compassion—the key to creating communal hospitality, to overcoming division and creating a place of belonging for ourselves and others—begins in our capacity to sense and feel, attuned to our lived experiences of suffering. Compassion is being in touch with the power of our feelings and thus, being at home in our own bodies. Being in tune with the range of emotions—attuning to the energy of our own bodies—is the condition for the possibility of being open and hospitable to others. Being compassionate is rendered more complex in our world of racialized violence and oppression. Yet the yearning to belong to our own true selves in harmony with one another sounds forth in our fractured lives. Leaning into and enlarging our capacity to be compassionate is to live in the freedom of love.

This three-part series speaks from and to the importance of navigating the flow of emotions in and among us; acknowledges the formidable impact of colonized bodies; draws upon traditions of contemplation and movement in the practice of being present to our bodily selves; plays with sacred and ordinary stories of compassion; engages in self-reflective activities; and trusts in the work of the Spirit to enliven our time together. Our exploration acknowledges the larger spiritual journey of individual growth and development, and the company of trusted others, to include book wisdom. My Grandmother’s Hands will ground our conversations even as it will continue to be a resource for you.

This series is facilitated by Rev. Dr. Karin A. Craven.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes The Moral Imagination of Self-Compassion Series on April 2, 16, and 30.

May
1
Fri
Look through the Eyes of Others: You May be Surprised by what you See @ Carondelet Center
May 1 – Jul 31 all-day

In every conflict, there is a propaganda machine that defines the enemy as “not like us,” as “The Other.” We do this in war to enable soldiers to kill, but stereotyping based on race, age, and gender happens in peacetime, too.

This series gives viewers the opportunity to look through the eyes of others, so to speak. Each of the six “black boxes” has a different interior. Looking in, the viewer sees a face with his/her/their own eyes in the place of the figure’s eyes—simultaneously looking into another’s head as well as seeing themselves as the other. The cast bronze faces lack racially distinct coloration and are reduced to shapes, lines and texture. The castings are concave rather than convex. As the viewer looks at the multiple images visible, the brain “flips” the image from concave to convex and back, an allusion to the unreliability of visual perception which constitutes much of the basis for racialization.

 

 

Artist:

Like many child migrants, Fawzia Khan has a foot in more than one culture but does not wholly belong to any. The Nigerian-born Pakistani-American artist explores themes of identity, gender roles, and bias, and what lurks below the surface or within the self to reveal truths about the human condition.

Formerly a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist, she is active in the Twin Cities arts community, and has a permanent installation in the Artery project in the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

May
2
Sat
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
May 2 @ 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
3
Sun
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
May 3 @ 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
5
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Meditation on Tuesdays, March 17 – April 28.

May
6
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
May 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice-monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Centering Prayer Circle on March 18, April 8 and 22.

Writing as Contemplation: An Evening Conversation @ Carondelet Center
May 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing as Contemplation: An Evening Conversation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

In the city fields 
Contemplating cherry-trees…
Strangers are like friends

Contemplation, as the Buddhist priest and poet Issa illustrates, is a field of intimacy, and writing is one entrance.  Writers Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew and Kyoko Katayama will share observations about writing as a mindfulness practice and lead us in writing exercises that encourage deep listening, responsive creating, and open-hearted becoming.

May
8
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
May 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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.

You are invited to walk the labyrinth indoors or outdoors at Carondelet Center, whether this is your first walk or you are developing a spiritual practice.

After a brief opening reflection, you are welcome to walk as often as you wish. There will be space for writing and artistic play as well as time for quiet prayer and meditation.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Walking in Harmony on April 10.

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center
May 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Monthly drop-in sessions led 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.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Writing the Sacred Journey on April 10.

May
12
Tue
Deepening the Well: Exploring the Science and Theology of Compassion through Circle Dance @ Carondelet Center
May 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Deepening the Well: Exploring the Science and Theology of Compassion through Circle Dance @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Creating a more compassionate world asks us to tap even deeper into the source of compassion. Come explore how collective movement meditation—in the form of a circle dance—helps us both physiologically develop the capacity for compassion and spiritually connect to the Divine Source of compassion.

Our nervous system regulates our ability to be compassionate and connect with others through the vagus nerve. Many mind-body practices help stimulate this connection, including one of humanity’s oldest practices: dance. We will explore the many ways in which the simple Greek circle dance Issos Astypalaias reduces stress and stimulates our ability to be compassionate to one another.

Our dancing will also connect us with what dancer, ethnographer, and mythologist Laura Shannon refers to as a women’s dance-based mystery school with living roots in ancient Europe. The step patterns and song lyrics all point us to a deeper experience of our interconnection. We will explore the ‘embodied theology’ of the dance and what it can teach us about connecting to the Source of compassion.

Come and experience a new way to nourish your well of compassion. All movement abilities and all genders welcome; this dance can be experienced seated as well as standing.

This class is taught by Emily Jarrett Hughes.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Meditation on Tuesdays, March 17 – April 28.

May
14
Thu
The Enneagram and Tao Ching: 9 Paths for Crazy Times @ Carondelet Center
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Enneagram and Tao Ching: 9 Paths for Crazy Times @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Join a contemplative journey into 9 themes that converge when the 9 Enneagram types are aligned with ancient wisdom from the Tao Te Ching. Each pathway represents an ancient spiritual tradition that holds potent wisdom for our challenging times. Together, they invite us into a spirituality that is internally grounded and externally engaged with our world.

After encountering an overview of the Enneagram, the Tao, and their inter-relatedness, we will follow a contemplative process for each theme, including a presentation, silence for personal journaling, and group reflections.

Two books will guide us: Roaming Free Inside the Cage: A Daoist Approach to the Enneagram by William M. Schafer, and A Path and a Practice: Using Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching as a Guide to an Awakened Spiritual Life by William Martin. You are encouraged but not required to obtain and explore these books.

This series is facilitated by Scott McRae.

May
19
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Meditation on Tuesdays, March 17 – April 28.

May
20
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
May 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice-monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Centering Prayer Circle on March 18, April 8 and 22.

May
21
Thu
The Enneagram and Tao Ching: 9 Paths for Crazy Times @ Carondelet Center
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Enneagram and Tao Ching: 9 Paths for Crazy Times @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Join a contemplative journey into 9 themes that converge when the 9 Enneagram types are aligned with ancient wisdom from the Tao Te Ching. Each pathway represents an ancient spiritual tradition that holds potent wisdom for our challenging times. Together, they invite us into a spirituality that is internally grounded and externally engaged with our world.

After encountering an overview of the Enneagram, the Tao, and their inter-relatedness, we will follow a contemplative process for each theme, including a presentation, silence for personal journaling, and group reflections.

Two books will guide us: Roaming Free Inside the Cage: A Daoist Approach to the Enneagram by William M. Schafer, and A Path and a Practice: Using Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching as a Guide to an Awakened Spiritual Life by William Martin. You are encouraged but not required to obtain and explore these books.

This series is facilitated by Scott McRae.

May
26
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Meditation on Tuesdays, March 17 – April 28.

May
28
Thu
The Enneagram and Tao Ching: 9 Paths for Crazy Times @ Carondelet Center
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Enneagram and Tao Ching: 9 Paths for Crazy Times @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Join a contemplative journey into 9 themes that converge when the 9 Enneagram types are aligned with ancient wisdom from the Tao Te Ching. Each pathway represents an ancient spiritual tradition that holds potent wisdom for our challenging times. Together, they invite us into a spirituality that is internally grounded and externally engaged with our world.

After encountering an overview of the Enneagram, the Tao, and their inter-relatedness, we will follow a contemplative process for each theme, including a presentation, silence for personal journaling, and group reflections.

Two books will guide us: Roaming Free Inside the Cage: A Daoist Approach to the Enneagram by William M. Schafer, and A Path and a Practice: Using Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching as a Guide to an Awakened Spiritual Life by William Martin. You are encouraged but not required to obtain and explore these books.

This series is facilitated by Scott McRae.

May
30
Sat
Witnessing Compassion Film Series: The Passion of Joan of Arc @ Carondelet Center
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Witnessing Compassion Film Series: The Passion of Joan of Arc @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Join us for two film screenings and conversations that stretch our concept of compassion and the key role of listening. These spring films are reflections on people and events that really happened and on the role that open-heartedness plays. Each evening will include a brief contextual presentation, the film, time for reflection and group discussion and a brief ritual.

FILM TWO: THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC
Filmed in 1928, this silent film directed by Dane Carl Dreyer features actor Renee Jeanne Falconetti in her only film role. The story of the French saint Joan of Arc is known to many: her life as a shepherd girl, listening to the voices of angels and saints, following their directive (minus clerical intervention) at the age of 17 to lead the French army to victory, getting caught up in the political and institutional church intrigues of her time, being burned at the stake as a heretic at 19 on May 30, 1431. She was canonized as a saint nearly 500 years later. The script follows closely the actual transcripts from her trial. Her story evokes OUR compassion as we reflect on this young woman whose fidelity to her “voices” and to her God cost her her life.

This program is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

The first film in this series has been cancelled.

Jun
2
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Meditation on Tuesdays, March 17 – April 28.

Jun
3
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Jun 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice-monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Centering Prayer Circle on March 18, April 8 and 22.

Jun
9
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will be an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Meditation on Tuesdays, March 17 – April 28.

Jun
12
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Jun 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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.

You are invited to walk the labyrinth indoors or outdoors at Carondelet Center, whether this is your first walk or you are developing a spiritual practice.

After a brief opening reflection, you are welcome to walk as often as you wish. There will be space for writing and artistic play as well as time for quiet prayer and meditation.

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through April 30, 2020. This includes Walking in Harmony on April 10.