Oct
23
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: The Quest for a Moral Life @ Carondelet Center
Oct 23 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Men’s Spirituality: The Quest for a Moral Life @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

As part of our ongoing focus to explore current cultural dynamics through the lens of contemporary wisdom writers we will use David Brook’s Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life for our fall series book study.

The subtitle reflects this New York Times columnist’s personal search for meaning resulting from a dark night experience and his seeking spiritual understanding through various wisdom sources.  Brooks posits that hyper-individualism has been a misdirected search for happiness, i.e., a first mountain, and that second-mountain living represents a shift from self-centered to other-centered living.

Brooks intelligently and insightfully examines commitment through vocation, marriage and healthy intimacy, how faith serves us and others, and relationship through engagement in community.

These classes are facilitated by Diane Nettifee and Terry Shaughnessy.

Yes! Jesus Had Women Disciples @ Carondelet Center
Oct 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Yes! Jesus Had Women Disciples @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Meet 16 of Jesus’ women disciples in Luke’s gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.  Art sets each scene.  Scripture verses focus the story.  Words reflect on the women’s significance from the beginning and in the spread of Christianity. Questions connect our experience.  Conversation enriches all who participate.  Prayer brings these women into our lives today.

This course is facilitated by Joan Mitchell, CSJ and Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ.

Oct
24
Thu
Challenge Yourself: A Jewish Papercut Artist @ Carondelet Center
Oct 24 – Nov 29 all-day

Artist Statement:

Deep Pit by Aaron Silver

In my work, I interpret contemporary experience and political events through papercuts that are rigorous, beautiful, and thought-provoking. This is a new direction for Jewish papercuts, which traditionally served primarily to embellish holiday and life cycle events.

My papercuts often spring forth from texts and include text in them, and with them I seek to question and reinforce meanings, to comfort and to challenge the viewer, and to evoke a desire to look, think, and discover.

In papercutting, everything you see is defined by the absence around it, something that is true, but often unacknowledged, in our own lived experience.

 

Aaron will be part of the Holy Hospitality: Arts as the Doorway to the Sacred program in October and November.
Learn more and RSVP.

 

 

Artist:

Aaron Hodge Silver Greenberg has created art in many media over the course of his artistic life, including watercolor and oil painting, intaglio printing, clay sculpture, welded metal sculpture, charcoal and pencil drawing, and more. Over the past decade he has produced papercut artwork, primarily with Hebrew/Jewish text, almost exclusively.

His papercuts have been exhibited at PSJC in Brooklyn, at the St. Paul JCC, the Sabes JCC, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

 

 

Art exhibits can be viewed on the ground level of Carondelet Center, Monday-Friday and weekends. See below for specific hours.

Building Hours October 24 – October 27
Building opens at 8:30 am unless otherwise noted below.

Thursday, October 24: Close at 9:00 pm

Friday, October 25: Close at 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 26: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, October 27: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

 

Holy Hospitality: Arts as the Doorway to the Sacred @ Carondelet Center
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Holy Hospitality: Arts as the Doorway to the Sacred @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

For many of us the arts are a primary conduit to the Holy. We know and experience our spirituality through a hymn, a sacred text or a religious symbol. The hospitality of the arts invites us to return again and again to the full depth and meaning of what we believe.

In this series, the arts lead us into deeper ways of encountering, exploring, and understanding not just our own tradition but the religious traditions of our neighbors. When studying other faiths, “leave room for holy envy,” said Swedish biblical scholar Krister Stendahl. In Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, Barbara Brown Taylor describes how, while teaching Religion 101, she found something to envy in all the traditions the students study. When she taught Judaism she wanted to be a rabbi. When she taught Buddhism, she wanted to be a monk. Finding something beautiful in other faiths, she gained a greater appreciation and understanding of her own.

Through presentation, experience, and hospitality, we will explore the inherent power of the arts to move us through envy to knowledge and deeper understanding of our own spiritual journey. After a look at Brown Taylor’s book, we will engage a religious tradition through the arts. On November 7, Nimo Farah and Aaron Hodge Silver Greenberg show us how the arts are a catalyst for knowing their own tradition and how that knowing might build bridges to other traditions. Our last session explores the ways the arts and holy envy might open us to a deeper habitation of the holy on our own journey.

Facilitated by Cindi Beth Johnson.

 

Oct
25
Fri
Re-Creating Our Lives: Learning How to Tell Our Most Life-Giving Story (Oct 25) @ Carondelet Center
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Re-Creating Our Lives: Learning How to Tell Our Most Life-Giving Story (Oct 25) @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Each of us has a story that we tell ourselves about ourselves.  Becoming aware of our inner narrative is crucial, because the story we tell ourselves, both consciously and unconsciously, has tremendous power over our thoughts, feelings, and actions. In many ways, this story defines our lives.  Delve into Diane Millis’s new book Re-Creating a Life, and learn how to author a new story by re-creating the stories we tell and how to help others do the same.

This retreat is facilitated by Diane Millis.

Oct
26
Sat
Re-Creating Our Lives: Learning How to Tell Our Most Life-Giving Story (Oct 26) @ Carondelet Center
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Re-Creating Our Lives: Learning How to Tell Our Most Life-Giving Story (Oct 26) @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Each of us has a story that we tell ourselves about ourselves.  Becoming aware of our inner narrative is crucial, because the story we tell ourselves, both consciously and unconsciously, has tremendous power over our thoughts, feelings, and actions. In many ways, this story defines our lives.  Delve into Diane Millis’s new book Re-Creating a Life, and learn how to author a new story by re-creating the stories we tell and how to help others do the same.

This retreat is facilitated by Diane Millis.

Oct
28
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Emmy Kegler and Kelly Brown Douglas explore and live out their experiences contending with gender, racial justice and sexuality.  One is a millennial, identifying queer and searching for her vocation.  One is a Gen X prophet, critiquing white exceptionalism and calling for racial justice and equality.

Emmy Kegler is a gifted and only child who journeys through several Christian traditions to find acceptance and her vocation as a Lutheran pastor.  One Coin Found is the memoir of this queer woman who falls in love with scripture and develops a “hermeneutic of the hip” in her wrestling with God.

A mother with a teenage son, Kelly Brown Douglas feels the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as an immediate family danger, an all-too-familiar story in the black community. In Stand Your Ground, the theologian and Episcopal priest traces white exceptionalism in American history from the Massachusetts Bay Company to Manifest Destiny to the Stand Your Ground laws in Florida that protected the “watch captain” who shot Trayvon from criminal charges.

The course will involve presentations, conversations, and writing prompts to explore the mystery of God in one’s own search for personal purpose and justice in our world.

Sample sessions include:

  • Gender 101: Learning from a new generation
  • Tell a Story: Lost, Real, Good, Marked
  • Black Bodies and the Justice of God
  • Jesus and Trayvon
Fall 2019 Hedgerow presenters: Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, Andrea Tande, Judge Kathleen Gearin, Emmy Kegler, Angela T. Khabeb, and Tarshia L. Stanley.
Oct
29
Tue
Zentangle the Moment @ Carondelet Center
Oct 29 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Zentangle the Moment @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Think you aren’t an artist and can’t do art? Come and be proved wrong! Use easy-to-learn multiple, simple repeated patterns and create miniature works of art that surprise and delight. Experience a relaxed and refreshed way of using repetition like a sacred word that ties one to the present moment.

This course is facilitated by Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 29 @ 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.

Come as often as you are able.

The Enneagram and Relationships: Crossing the Divide and Activating our Highest Potentials Together @ Carondelet Center
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Enneagram and Relationships: Crossing the Divide and Activating our Highest Potentials Together @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Relationships are difficult! As the personalities of two people come together, complexities abound and expand as relationships deepen. The Enneagram is a map that leads us through and beyond our personality types. Contained in this map are road signs, of sorts, that indicate how we detour into predictable conflicts. It also points to how we can move toward a presence that is grounded and inspired, and leads to relationships that flourish.

This three-part class is for individuals and partners with some previous experience of the Enneagram. Through presentations and personal and small-group reflections, we seek to deepen our self-understandings in ways that will enhance our capacities to be in healthy relationships. We will explore questions such as: are some type-pairings better suited than others? Can we ever get beyond the same old ruts that trip us up? What are the conditions that lead to relationship mayhem? How do we grow relationships that are respectful, enhancing and exciting? How does our spirituality intersect with our relationships and lead to our higher potentials?

The goal of the course is to move closer to essential Self so that we can evolve through our relationships.

Session 1: An Overview of Enneagram Awareness and Why and How We Get Stuck

Session 2: The Five Features of Healthy Relational Space

Session 3: The Higher Forms of Relating with Others and the World

This course is facilitated by Scott McRae.

Oct
30
Wed
Yes! Jesus Had Women Disciples @ Carondelet Center
Oct 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Yes! Jesus Had Women Disciples @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Meet 16 of Jesus’ women disciples in Luke’s gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.  Art sets each scene.  Scripture verses focus the story.  Words reflect on the women’s significance from the beginning and in the spread of Christianity. Questions connect our experience.  Conversation enriches all who participate.  Prayer brings these women into our lives today.

This course is facilitated by Joan Mitchell, CSJ and Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ.

Nov
2
Sat
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Nov 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.

 

Witnessing Hospitality Film Series: Burning Memories @ Carondelet Center
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Witnessing Hospitality Film Series: Burning Memories @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Join us for two film screenings and conversations that stretch our concept of “welcome”  and “home”  and the significance that listening plays. Each film reflects the role that open-heartedness across cultures has on real people and events.

First Film | Burning Memories:

In 1944, 75,000 Norwegians became refugees in their own country after the German occupants set fire to their homes. This 2018 film interweaves conversations between elderly Norwegians and refugee children from Syria and Sudan remembering their experiences of war and dislocation.

This weekend is marked by All Saints, All Souls, Dia de los Muertos, and other commemorations of those who preceded us in time and space, prompting us to reflect on the blessings that can be offered across cultures and generations when compassion and love are primary.

 

Learn more about the second film in this series: Roses in December.

 

Nov
3
Sun
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Nov 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.

 

Nov
4
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center
Nov 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Emmy Kegler and Kelly Brown Douglas explore and live out their experiences contending with gender, racial justice and sexuality.  One is a millennial, identifying queer and searching for her vocation.  One is a Gen X prophet, critiquing white exceptionalism and calling for racial justice and equality.

Emmy Kegler is a gifted and only child who journeys through several Christian traditions to find acceptance and her vocation as a Lutheran pastor.  One Coin Found is the memoir of this queer woman who falls in love with scripture and develops a “hermeneutic of the hip” in her wrestling with God.

A mother with a teenage son, Kelly Brown Douglas feels the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as an immediate family danger, an all-too-familiar story in the black community. In Stand Your Ground, the theologian and Episcopal priest traces white exceptionalism in American history from the Massachusetts Bay Company to Manifest Destiny to the Stand Your Ground laws in Florida that protected the “watch captain” who shot Trayvon from criminal charges.

The course will involve presentations, conversations, and writing prompts to explore the mystery of God in one’s own search for personal purpose and justice in our world.

Sample sessions include:

  • Gender 101: Learning from a new generation
  • Tell a Story: Lost, Real, Good, Marked
  • Black Bodies and the Justice of God
  • Jesus and Trayvon
Fall 2019 Hedgerow presenters: Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, Andrea Tande, Judge Kathleen Gearin, Emmy Kegler, Angela T. Khabeb, and Tarshia L. Stanley.
Nov
5
Tue
Zentangle the Moment @ Carondelet Center
Nov 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Zentangle the Moment @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Think you aren’t an artist and can’t do art? Come and be proved wrong! Use easy-to-learn multiple, simple repeated patterns and create miniature works of art that surprise and delight. Experience a relaxed and refreshed way of using repetition like a sacred word that ties one to the present moment.

This course is facilitated by Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Nov 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.

Come as often as you are able.

The Enneagram and Relationships: Crossing the Divide and Activating our Highest Potentials Together @ Carondelet Center
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Enneagram and Relationships: Crossing the Divide and Activating our Highest Potentials Together @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Relationships are difficult! As the personalities of two people come together, complexities abound and expand as relationships deepen. The Enneagram is a map that leads us through and beyond our personality types. Contained in this map are road signs, of sorts, that indicate how we detour into predictable conflicts. It also points to how we can move toward a presence that is grounded and inspired, and leads to relationships that flourish.

This three-part class is for individuals and partners with some previous experience of the Enneagram. Through presentations and personal and small-group reflections, we seek to deepen our self-understandings in ways that will enhance our capacities to be in healthy relationships. We will explore questions such as: are some type-pairings better suited than others? Can we ever get beyond the same old ruts that trip us up? What are the conditions that lead to relationship mayhem? How do we grow relationships that are respectful, enhancing and exciting? How does our spirituality intersect with our relationships and lead to our higher potentials?

The goal of the course is to move closer to essential Self so that we can evolve through our relationships.

Session 1: An Overview of Enneagram Awareness and Why and How We Get Stuck

Session 2: The Five Features of Healthy Relational Space

Session 3: The Higher Forms of Relating with Others and the World

This course is facilitated by Scott McRae.

Nov
6
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Nov 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.

Nov
7
Thu
Holy Hospitality: Arts as the Doorway to the Sacred @ Carondelet Center
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Holy Hospitality: Arts as the Doorway to the Sacred @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

For many of us the arts are a primary conduit to the Holy. We know and experience our spirituality through a hymn, a sacred text or a religious symbol. The hospitality of the arts invites us to return again and again to the full depth and meaning of what we believe.

In this series, the arts lead us into deeper ways of encountering, exploring, and understanding not just our own tradition but the religious traditions of our neighbors. When studying other faiths, “leave room for holy envy,” said Swedish biblical scholar Krister Stendahl. In Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, Barbara Brown Taylor describes how, while teaching Religion 101, she found something to envy in all the traditions the students study. When she taught Judaism she wanted to be a rabbi. When she taught Buddhism, she wanted to be a monk. Finding something beautiful in other faiths, she gained a greater appreciation and understanding of her own.

Through presentation, experience, and hospitality, we will explore the inherent power of the arts to move us through envy to knowledge and deeper understanding of our own spiritual journey. After a look at Brown Taylor’s book, we will engage a religious tradition through the arts. On November 7, Nimo Farah and Aaron Hodge Silver Greenberg show us how the arts are a catalyst for knowing their own tradition and how that knowing might build bridges to other traditions. Our last session explores the ways the arts and holy envy might open us to a deeper habitation of the holy on our own journey.

Facilitated by Cindi Beth Johnson.

 

Nov
8
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Nov 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.

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center
Nov 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.

An “Immersive Reading” Evening with Sagirah Shahid and Collaborators @ Carondelet Center
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
An "Immersive Reading" Evening with Sagirah Shahid and Collaborators @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

What does it mean to live out hospitality? Featured poet and storyteller Sagirah Shahid has participated in and led many collaborative public arts events and performances. She and several creative collaborators will immerse you in a multisensory, multimedia evening that will widen your lens on our fall theme.

Nov
11
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center
Nov 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Emmy Kegler and Kelly Brown Douglas explore and live out their experiences contending with gender, racial justice and sexuality.  One is a millennial, identifying queer and searching for her vocation.  One is a Gen X prophet, critiquing white exceptionalism and calling for racial justice and equality.

Emmy Kegler is a gifted and only child who journeys through several Christian traditions to find acceptance and her vocation as a Lutheran pastor.  One Coin Found is the memoir of this queer woman who falls in love with scripture and develops a “hermeneutic of the hip” in her wrestling with God.

A mother with a teenage son, Kelly Brown Douglas feels the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as an immediate family danger, an all-too-familiar story in the black community. In Stand Your Ground, the theologian and Episcopal priest traces white exceptionalism in American history from the Massachusetts Bay Company to Manifest Destiny to the Stand Your Ground laws in Florida that protected the “watch captain” who shot Trayvon from criminal charges.

The course will involve presentations, conversations, and writing prompts to explore the mystery of God in one’s own search for personal purpose and justice in our world.

Sample sessions include:

  • Gender 101: Learning from a new generation
  • Tell a Story: Lost, Real, Good, Marked
  • Black Bodies and the Justice of God
  • Jesus and Trayvon
Fall 2019 Hedgerow presenters: Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, Andrea Tande, Judge Kathleen Gearin, Emmy Kegler, Angela T. Khabeb, and Tarshia L. Stanley.
Nov
12
Tue
Child of Humanity: An Exploration of the Incarnation @ Carondelet Center
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Child of Humanity: An Exploration of the Incarnation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Incarnation, according to early church teachings, is not something to believe in, but rather, something experienced. Words are inadequate to its understanding. “The Son of Humanity already exists within you,” says the Gospel of Mary Magdalene.

This four-session course will be understood as a practice period where participants try this ancient way of knowing.

In 1945, a whole library of ancient Christian texts were discovered. We will use three of these luminous texts to explore this way of knowing: The Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and the Gospel of Philip.

This course is facilitated by Ward Bauman.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Nov 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.

Come as often as you are able.

Nov
14
Thu
Holy Hospitality: Arts as the Doorway to the Sacred @ Carondelet Center
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Holy Hospitality: Arts as the Doorway to the Sacred @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

For many of us the arts are a primary conduit to the Holy. We know and experience our spirituality through a hymn, a sacred text or a religious symbol. The hospitality of the arts invites us to return again and again to the full depth and meaning of what we believe.

In this series, the arts lead us into deeper ways of encountering, exploring, and understanding not just our own tradition but the religious traditions of our neighbors. When studying other faiths, “leave room for holy envy,” said Swedish biblical scholar Krister Stendahl. In Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, Barbara Brown Taylor describes how, while teaching Religion 101, she found something to envy in all the traditions the students study. When she taught Judaism she wanted to be a rabbi. When she taught Buddhism, she wanted to be a monk. Finding something beautiful in other faiths, she gained a greater appreciation and understanding of her own.

Through presentation, experience, and hospitality, we will explore the inherent power of the arts to move us through envy to knowledge and deeper understanding of our own spiritual journey. After a look at Brown Taylor’s book, we will engage a religious tradition through the arts. On November 7, Nimo Farah and Aaron Hodge Silver Greenberg show us how the arts are a catalyst for knowing their own tradition and how that knowing might build bridges to other traditions. Our last session explores the ways the arts and holy envy might open us to a deeper habitation of the holy on our own journey.

Facilitated by Cindi Beth Johnson.

 

Nov
15
Fri
Writers Unite! Building a Writing Community @ Carondelet Center
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Writers Unite! Building a Writing Community @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

A writing group can give the otherwise lonely writer inspiration, perspective, new viewpoints, support, accountability, feedback, and collegiality. But finding a good match is hard! In this evening for creative writers, three authors will share the wide range of possibilities for forming writing community and offer advice on what makes groups or partnerships sustainable. Participants will get to know one another in a series of small-group conversations, connecting around shared genres, levels of experience, interests, and location. We’ll end with social time so participants can exchange contact information and formalize plans. You’re invited to bring a short (200 words or less) sample to share by way of introducing your writing, but this is not required.

Facilitators for this event are Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew , Lisa Marie Brimmer, and Michael Kiesow Moore.

 

Nov
18
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center
Nov 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Emmy Kegler and Kelly Brown Douglas explore and live out their experiences contending with gender, racial justice and sexuality.  One is a millennial, identifying queer and searching for her vocation.  One is a Gen X prophet, critiquing white exceptionalism and calling for racial justice and equality.

Emmy Kegler is a gifted and only child who journeys through several Christian traditions to find acceptance and her vocation as a Lutheran pastor.  One Coin Found is the memoir of this queer woman who falls in love with scripture and develops a “hermeneutic of the hip” in her wrestling with God.

A mother with a teenage son, Kelly Brown Douglas feels the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as an immediate family danger, an all-too-familiar story in the black community. In Stand Your Ground, the theologian and Episcopal priest traces white exceptionalism in American history from the Massachusetts Bay Company to Manifest Destiny to the Stand Your Ground laws in Florida that protected the “watch captain” who shot Trayvon from criminal charges.

The course will involve presentations, conversations, and writing prompts to explore the mystery of God in one’s own search for personal purpose and justice in our world.

Sample sessions include:

  • Gender 101: Learning from a new generation
  • Tell a Story: Lost, Real, Good, Marked
  • Black Bodies and the Justice of God
  • Jesus and Trayvon
Fall 2019 Hedgerow presenters: Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, Andrea Tande, Judge Kathleen Gearin, Emmy Kegler, Angela T. Khabeb, and Tarshia L. Stanley.
Nov
19
Tue
Writer’s Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center
Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 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.

The Writer’s Circle is for those who write regularly, are committed to their projects, and are ready to share their work with others. Because of the group’s small size, facilitator Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will select participants based on individual readiness and the overall makeup of the group.

Child of Humanity: An Exploration of the Incarnation @ Carondelet Center
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Child of Humanity: An Exploration of the Incarnation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Incarnation, according to early church teachings, is not something to believe in, but rather, something experienced. Words are inadequate to its understanding. “The Son of Humanity already exists within you,” says the Gospel of Mary Magdalene.

This four-session course will be understood as a practice period where participants try this ancient way of knowing.

In 1945, a whole library of ancient Christian texts were discovered. We will use three of these luminous texts to explore this way of knowing: The Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and the Gospel of Philip.

This course is facilitated by Ward Bauman.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Nov 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.

Come as often as you are able.

Nov
20
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Nov 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.

Nov
22
Fri
Fall Soul Conference | Seeds and Roots: Growing Sacred Activism (Day 1) @ Carondelet Center
Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fall Soul Conference | Seeds and Roots: Growing Sacred Activism (Day 1) @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Living in a world faced with profound challenges from every direction—climate change, virulent racism, the suffering of children, rampant materialism—is enough to leave us feeling overwhelmed by despair, unable to find a place to begin making change. Using Seeds and Roots as our guiding metaphor, we will deepen our relationship to Ina Maka, Mother Earth, as a primary, spiritual foundation for making positive change in ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Through experiential learning and activities, the Fall 2019 Soul Conference will explore how our indigenous and ancestral legacies teach us to protect what we love. We will engage the body’s wisdom through movement, music, writing, and conversation. Participants will consider ethical questions, such as: What does it mean to be a good relative? How can we see our past traumas and challenges as teachers? How can we use our gifts to make a better world for our children? Ultimately, our goal is transformation, to see ourselves as powerful change makers, engaged in sacred activism that is rooted in love and joy.

The conference will be led by four dynamic women educators engaged in writing, art, farming, and biodiversity: Christine Baeumler, Carolyn Holbrook, Regina M. Laroche, and Diane Wilson.

Nov
23
Sat
Fall Soul Conference | Seeds and Roots: Growing Sacred Activism (Day 2) @ Carondelet Center
Nov 23 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Fall Soul Conference | Seeds and Roots: Growing Sacred Activism (Day 2) @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Living in a world faced with profound challenges from every direction—climate change, virulent racism, the suffering of children, rampant materialism—is enough to leave us feeling overwhelmed by despair, unable to find a place to begin making change. Using Seeds and Roots as our guiding metaphor, we will deepen our relationship to Ina Maka, Mother Earth, as a primary, spiritual foundation for making positive change in ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Through experiential learning and activities, the Fall 2019 Soul Conference will explore how our indigenous and ancestral legacies teach us to protect what we love. We will engage the body’s wisdom through movement, music, writing, and conversation. Participants will consider ethical questions, such as: What does it mean to be a good relative? How can we see our past traumas and challenges as teachers? How can we use our gifts to make a better world for our children? Ultimately, our goal is transformation, to see ourselves as powerful change makers, engaged in sacred activism that is rooted in love and joy.

The conference will be led by four dynamic women educators engaged in writing, art, farming, and biodiversity: Christine Baeumler, Carolyn Holbrook, Regina M. Laroche, and Diane Wilson.

Nov
25
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center
Nov 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Emmy Kegler and Kelly Brown Douglas explore and live out their experiences contending with gender, racial justice and sexuality.  One is a millennial, identifying queer and searching for her vocation.  One is a Gen X prophet, critiquing white exceptionalism and calling for racial justice and equality.

Emmy Kegler is a gifted and only child who journeys through several Christian traditions to find acceptance and her vocation as a Lutheran pastor.  One Coin Found is the memoir of this queer woman who falls in love with scripture and develops a “hermeneutic of the hip” in her wrestling with God.

A mother with a teenage son, Kelly Brown Douglas feels the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as an immediate family danger, an all-too-familiar story in the black community. In Stand Your Ground, the theologian and Episcopal priest traces white exceptionalism in American history from the Massachusetts Bay Company to Manifest Destiny to the Stand Your Ground laws in Florida that protected the “watch captain” who shot Trayvon from criminal charges.

The course will involve presentations, conversations, and writing prompts to explore the mystery of God in one’s own search for personal purpose and justice in our world.

Sample sessions include:

  • Gender 101: Learning from a new generation
  • Tell a Story: Lost, Real, Good, Marked
  • Black Bodies and the Justice of God
  • Jesus and Trayvon
Fall 2019 Hedgerow presenters: Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, Andrea Tande, Judge Kathleen Gearin, Emmy Kegler, Angela T. Khabeb, and Tarshia L. Stanley.
Nov
26
Tue
Group Spiritual Guidance During Advent @ Carondelet Center
Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Group Spiritual Guidance During Advent @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Group spiritual direction is a process in which people gather on a regular basis to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of Sacred Mystery in all of life. Participants seek support of their responsiveness to the Holy and agree to support others in their responsiveness as well. In this season of transition in both culture and church we will focus on the significance of home and hospitality in times of darkness and light!

This class is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Nov 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.

Come as often as you are able.

Dec
1
Sun
O Antiphons: Advent Names of God @ Carondelet Center
Dec 1 – Dec 31 all-day

Seven short verses are sung before the Magnificat during the Evening Prayer of the Church on the seven days before the vigil of Christmas. Each begins with the exclamation “O.” Each ends with a plea for the Messiah to come.

These O Antiphons, as they are known, were composed in the seventh or eighth century when monks put together texts from the Old Testament that looked forward to the coming of our salvation. They form a rich mosaic of scriptural images, and became very popular in the Middle Ages.

Holmberg’s images invite a transformation from the traditional O Antiphons into the context of evolutionary cosmology.  Poetry by Joan Mitchell, CSJ, complements these images celebrating the incarnation of God as one of us in Jesus

 

Artist:

Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ, studied with renowned liturgical artist Ade Bethune.  Holmberg’s color-saturated works are more reminiscent of folk art than conventional religious images. Her art arises from her own spiritual journey and life changes.  Her interpretations of themes are not fixed in the manner of icons, but ever changing through time.

 

 

 

 

Dec
2
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent @ Carondelet Center
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Lectio Divina or Sacred Reading is the slow, repetitive reading of a sacred text that leads one to the ultimate step of resting in God. It is not Scripture study, nor is it spiritual reading. It is an invitation to take a “long, loving look at Scripture,” says spiritual director Teresa Blythe. “It is a time for falling in love with the Word and experiencing the goodness of God.”

This four-step process for being with Scripture in a prayerful manner includes: Reading (Lectio); Meditating (Meditatio); Praying (Oratio); and Contemplating (Contemplatio). Using texts for Advent, you will experience this ancient prayer form in a group setting, though it is easily adapted to individual practice and can be incorporated into your prayer life.