Jan
3
Thu
practicing the presence of place @ Carondelet Center
Jan 3 – Mar 1 all-day

A selection of landscapes from the brush of Bob Schmitt

 

Minnesota brush painter Bob Schmitt brings landscape paintings capturing iconic Minnesota scenes interpreted through his training in and practice of Chinese brush painting.

Included in this exhibit is his monumental 5-panel depiction of Minnehaha Falls in winter.

 

The Frozen Sound by Bob Schmitt

 

Conversations with the Artist

Exhibit opening and conversation with the artist:
Friday, January 25, 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Exhibit closing and conversation with the artist:
Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Learn more and RSVP

 

Words from the Artist:

painting the presence of place 

“I have left off all devotions and prayers which are not required for me, and I occupy myself solely with keeping myself in God’s holy presence. I do this simply by keeping my attention on God and by being generally and lovingly aware of him. This could be called practicing the presence of God moment by moment, or to put it better, a silent, secret and nearly unbroken conversation of the soul with God.

“Sometimes this conversation gives me great contentment and inner joy. But it also often gives me outward joy that is so great, that in order to restrain it and keep from revealing it, I am forced into childish actions that appear more like madness than devotion.”

The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence

There are so many words and frameworks one can use to explain spiritual experience. For me being outside in almost any setting is a sacred experience. As an artist and a writer, I find myself pondering how is the spirit present here today.  What can I feel of the divine in this particular place and time?  I try to listen deeply not only with my ears, but also with my eyes and my heart.  And attempt to etch that onto my soul.  My art is the tangible evidence of that experience.

— Bob Schmitt

the artist’s process

I am often asked if I create these paintings on site,
sitting by the falls or the lakes.
I do not.
They are not created on site.
They are paintings from my memory of these places.

They are not photographic in the sense
that you could actually go and find these exact locations
as I present them.

My goal is to capture the essence of place as it lives in my memory
and hopefully to touch that place where it lives in your memory.

If I am successful, they may evoke a sensation that feels more real
than if they were photographic representations.

— Bob Schmitt

 

Artist:

Brush painter 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.

 

 

 

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

Building Hours February 12 – February 24
Building opens at 8:30 am unless otherwise noted below.

Tuesday, February 12: Close at 8:00 pm

Wednesday, February 13: Close at 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 14: Close at 9:00 pm

Friday, February 15: Close at 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 16: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Sunday, February 17: Building Closed

Monday, February 18: Close at 8:30 pm

Tuesday, February 19: Close at 8:00 pm

Wednesday, February 20: Close at 9:00 pm

Thursday, February 21: Close at 9:00 pm

Friday, February 22: Close at 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 23: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

Sunday, February 24: Building Closed

 

Feb
19
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Feb 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 an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Feb
20
Wed
Opening the Eye of the Heart: Jesus and the Unitive Wisdom @ Carondelet Center
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Opening the Eye of the Heart: Jesus and the Unitive Wisdom @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

This public talk by the Rev. Matthew Wright will explore the unitive and contemplative wisdom at the heart of the teachings of Jesus.  We’ll look at the ways the Church has lost sight of Jesus’ own path of transformation, and how we can reclaim and reset it within an emerging evolutionary and interspiritual paradigm today.  Drawing on insights from Christian visionaries ranging from Cynthia Bourgeault to Teilhard de Chardin, we’ll imagine a Jesus-path for the 21st century.

Feb
25
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke’s Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus’ Mission @ Carondelet Center
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke's Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus' Mission @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Interpretation matters. The insights readers find in the scriptures depend on the questions we bring to the text. The bible can seem hopelessly dated, silencing women, accepting slavery, using male images of God, but as women have become theologians and scripture scholars their new methods actively engage today’s readers in critical and creative dialog with scripture.

What really happened is a historical question. Which version of a parable is oldest is a redaction question about how the scriptures were woven together. Which son is lost, the prodigal or the elder brother, is a literary question about characters in a parable. A feminist theologian sees God’s intent for all women in Jesus straightening up the bent over woman. A liberation theologian laughs with Luke at the Rich Fool’s full granaries and embraces Jesus’ mission to raise up the poor.

Nine sessions explore the gospel stories and teachings unique to Luke. Two sessions explore its sequel, the Acts of the Apostles, especially house churches and early Christian women such as Tabitha, Lydia, Phoebe, and Priscilla. We’ll also explore ministries today that continue Jesus’ mission to the poor, the imprisoned, the indebted, and oppressed in our midst. The April 29 session will feature Christine Schenk, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph from Cleveland, Ohio, and author of Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity. Her research on early Christian women explores visual imagery found on burial artifacts of prominent early Christian women in the first four centuries and their authority and influence.

*No class on Monday, March 18

Feb
26
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Feb 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 an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Feb
27
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Feb 27 @ 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.

Bob Schmitt: Exhibit Opening and Closing Conversations @ Carondelet Center
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bob Schmitt: Exhibit Opening and Closing Conversations @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Minnesota brush painter Bob Schmitt brings landscape paintings capturing iconic Minnesota scenes interpreted through his training in and practice of Chinese brush painting.

Friday, January 25, 7:00 – 8:00 pm:
The exhibit opening and conversation with the artist will include discussion of his monumental 5-panel depiction of Minnehaha Falls in winter.

Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 – 8:00 pm:
The exhibit closing and conversation with the artist will include discussion of his exhibit integrated with poetry.

Feb
28
Thu
Coming Together: Exploring, Experiencing and Expanding Community @ Carondelet Center
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coming Together: Exploring, Experiencing and Expanding Community @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

We know how important community is in bringing our whole selves to flower. And still it can be hard to find or create communities that will welcome us just as we are. This four-part series of guided writing, conversation, embodied practices and other creative activities invites you to discover a deeper understanding of community and what is needed to build it and find belonging in it.

Informed by readings from Mark Nepo’s book, More Together than Alone, and other authors including Robin Wall Kimmerer, adrienne maree brown, Thomas King and Rebecca Solnit, we will together remember and imagine our way into a story of community in which we all belong.

For community leaders who seek new insights in their role of nurturing community and belonging as well as all who seek their own belonging. Consider joining the program with a partner, friend, colleague or neighbor to share the experience with you.

These sessions are facilitated by Karen Hering and Antoinette S. Williams.

If you are registering online for this series, you will be prompted to pay the minimum cost of $45.00 for each individual registration. If you wish to pay an additional amount within the suggested range of $45.00 – $95.00, please navigate to the donation entry at the bottom of all Wisdom Ways course options.  Please enter the additional amount that you wish to give in this field and it will be added to your registration amount.  Thank you for your support of community!

Mar
1
Fri
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Mar 1 @ 1:00 pm – 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 broaden your sense of contribution to community. Together with a spiritually supportive community you will:

  • Engage with a learning community and experience the Divine Presence in the evolutionary Cosmic Story as it flows through you and the wisdom of diverse spiritual traditions.

  • Develop leadership skills involving spacious listening and clear questioning, expand and deepen your practices in meditation, reflection, ritual and celebration.

  • Enter a sacred circle where you share in story, ritual and creativity with others from diverse backgrounds and faith traditions who share a mutual desire to meet life’s challenges and joys with renewed hope and compassion.

  • Learn to integrate the energies of the Cosmic Story, Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine to bring healing and wholeness to yourself, to others and to the planet.

  • Cultivate a sacred activism for Earth and one another in times of suffering, struggle and change.

  • Participate in sand play.

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program and/or the 2019-2021 session.

Mar
2
Sat
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Mar 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 broaden your sense of contribution to community. Together with a spiritually supportive community you will:

  • Engage with a learning community and experience the Divine Presence in the evolutionary Cosmic Story as it flows through you and the wisdom of diverse spiritual traditions.

  • Develop leadership skills involving spacious listening and clear questioning, expand and deepen your practices in meditation, reflection, ritual and celebration.

  • Enter a sacred circle where you share in story, ritual and creativity with others from diverse backgrounds and faith traditions who share a mutual desire to meet life’s challenges and joys with renewed hope and compassion.

  • Learn to integrate the energies of the Cosmic Story, Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine to bring healing and wholeness to yourself, to others and to the planet.

  • Cultivate a sacred activism for Earth and one another in times of suffering, struggle and change.

  • Participate in sand play.

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program and/or the 2019-2021 session.

Mar
3
Sun
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality and broaden your sense of contribution to community. Together with a spiritually supportive community you will:

  • Engage with a learning community and experience the Divine Presence in the evolutionary Cosmic Story as it flows through you and the wisdom of diverse spiritual traditions.

  • Develop leadership skills involving spacious listening and clear questioning, expand and deepen your practices in meditation, reflection, ritual and celebration.

  • Enter a sacred circle where you share in story, ritual and creativity with others from diverse backgrounds and faith traditions who share a mutual desire to meet life’s challenges and joys with renewed hope and compassion.

  • Learn to integrate the energies of the Cosmic Story, Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine to bring healing and wholeness to yourself, to others and to the planet.

  • Cultivate a sacred activism for Earth and one another in times of suffering, struggle and change.

  • Participate in sand play.

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program and/or the 2019-2021 session.

Mar
4
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke’s Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus’ Mission @ Carondelet Center
Mar 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke's Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus' Mission @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Interpretation matters. The insights readers find in the scriptures depend on the questions we bring to the text. The bible can seem hopelessly dated, silencing women, accepting slavery, using male images of God, but as women have become theologians and scripture scholars their new methods actively engage today’s readers in critical and creative dialog with scripture.

What really happened is a historical question. Which version of a parable is oldest is a redaction question about how the scriptures were woven together. Which son is lost, the prodigal or the elder brother, is a literary question about characters in a parable. A feminist theologian sees God’s intent for all women in Jesus straightening up the bent over woman. A liberation theologian laughs with Luke at the Rich Fool’s full granaries and embraces Jesus’ mission to raise up the poor.

Nine sessions explore the gospel stories and teachings unique to Luke. Two sessions explore its sequel, the Acts of the Apostles, especially house churches and early Christian women such as Tabitha, Lydia, Phoebe, and Priscilla. We’ll also explore ministries today that continue Jesus’ mission to the poor, the imprisoned, the indebted, and oppressed in our midst. The April 29 session will feature Christine Schenk, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph from Cleveland, Ohio, and author of Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity. Her research on early Christian women explores visual imagery found on burial artifacts of prominent early Christian women in the first four centuries and their authority and influence.

*No class on Monday, March 18

Mar
5
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Mar 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 an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Mar
6
Wed
Meditation: Ash Wednesday Meditation Ritual @ Lady of Our Presentation Chapel
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Meditation: Ash Wednesday Meditation Ritual @ Lady of Our Presentation Chapel | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

The ancient ritual of being marked with ashes that begins the season of Lent calls us back to ourselves, to our roots in Earth and in the stardust from which the universe expanded. The ashes are a sign of our will to live anew, mending torn relationships, healing damaged commitments, and embracing Holy Mystery in our lives. In the quiet of Ash Wednesday evening, we will gather to bless and receive our Lenten ashes and enter into a communal time of contemplative prayer.

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

 

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

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

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

Mar
11
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ Carondelet Center
Mar 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ 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 Lent, 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.

Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke’s Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus’ Mission @ Carondelet Center
Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke's Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus' Mission @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Interpretation matters. The insights readers find in the scriptures depend on the questions we bring to the text. The bible can seem hopelessly dated, silencing women, accepting slavery, using male images of God, but as women have become theologians and scripture scholars their new methods actively engage today’s readers in critical and creative dialog with scripture.

What really happened is a historical question. Which version of a parable is oldest is a redaction question about how the scriptures were woven together. Which son is lost, the prodigal or the elder brother, is a literary question about characters in a parable. A feminist theologian sees God’s intent for all women in Jesus straightening up the bent over woman. A liberation theologian laughs with Luke at the Rich Fool’s full granaries and embraces Jesus’ mission to raise up the poor.

Nine sessions explore the gospel stories and teachings unique to Luke. Two sessions explore its sequel, the Acts of the Apostles, especially house churches and early Christian women such as Tabitha, Lydia, Phoebe, and Priscilla. We’ll also explore ministries today that continue Jesus’ mission to the poor, the imprisoned, the indebted, and oppressed in our midst. The April 29 session will feature Christine Schenk, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph from Cleveland, Ohio, and author of Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity. Her research on early Christian women explores visual imagery found on burial artifacts of prominent early Christian women in the first four centuries and their authority and influence.

*No class on Monday, March 18

Mar
12
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During Lent, noonday meditation will be offered in addition to the regular Tuesday evening meditation.  The weekly session will include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Mar 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 an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Mar
13
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Mar 13 @ 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.

Mar
14
Thu
Coming Together: Exploring, Experiencing and Expanding Community @ Carondelet Center
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coming Together: Exploring, Experiencing and Expanding Community @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

We know how important community is in bringing our whole selves to flower. And still it can be hard to find or create communities that will welcome us just as we are. This four-part series of guided writing, conversation, embodied practices and other creative activities invites you to discover a deeper understanding of community and what is needed to build it and find belonging in it.

Informed by readings from Mark Nepo’s book, More Together than Alone, and other authors including Robin Wall Kimmerer, adrienne maree brown, Thomas King and Rebecca Solnit, we will together remember and imagine our way into a story of community in which we all belong.

For community leaders who seek new insights in their role of nurturing community and belonging as well as all who seek their own belonging. Consider joining the program with a partner, friend, colleague or neighbor to share the experience with you.

These sessions are facilitated by Karen Hering and Antoinette S. Williams.

If you are registering online for this series, you will be prompted to pay the minimum cost of $45.00 for each individual registration. If you wish to pay an additional amount within the suggested range of $45.00 – $95.00, please navigate to the donation entry at the bottom of all Wisdom Ways course options.  Please enter the additional amount that you wish to give in this field and it will be added to your registration amount.  Thank you for your support of community!

Mar
18
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ Carondelet Center
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ 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 Lent, 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.

Mar
19
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Mar 19 @ 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During Lent, noonday meditation will be offered in addition to the regular Tuesday evening meditation.  The weekly session will include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Mar 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 an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Mar
23
Sat
Crossing Borders: Puentes @ Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, Carondelet Center Campus
Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Crossing Borders: Puentes @ Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, Carondelet Center Campus | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Come enjoy a spring concert with Border CrosSing, which integrates historically segregated audiences and musicians by creating a landscape where singers and audiences more closely reflect the racial and cultural composition of the Twin Cities.

Puentes concerts are centered around Latinx culture, stories and community. “Island Baroque” will feature rarely performed early music and traditional polyphonic vocal music from the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and surrounding regions played on period instruments. Highlights include gems by Cuban 18th-century composer Esteban Salas.

Mar
25
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ Carondelet Center
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ 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 Lent, 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.

Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke’s Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus’ Mission @ Carondelet Center
Mar 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke's Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus' Mission @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Interpretation matters. The insights readers find in the scriptures depend on the questions we bring to the text. The bible can seem hopelessly dated, silencing women, accepting slavery, using male images of God, but as women have become theologians and scripture scholars their new methods actively engage today’s readers in critical and creative dialog with scripture.

What really happened is a historical question. Which version of a parable is oldest is a redaction question about how the scriptures were woven together. Which son is lost, the prodigal or the elder brother, is a literary question about characters in a parable. A feminist theologian sees God’s intent for all women in Jesus straightening up the bent over woman. A liberation theologian laughs with Luke at the Rich Fool’s full granaries and embraces Jesus’ mission to raise up the poor.

Nine sessions explore the gospel stories and teachings unique to Luke. Two sessions explore its sequel, the Acts of the Apostles, especially house churches and early Christian women such as Tabitha, Lydia, Phoebe, and Priscilla. We’ll also explore ministries today that continue Jesus’ mission to the poor, the imprisoned, the indebted, and oppressed in our midst. The April 29 session will feature Christine Schenk, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph from Cleveland, Ohio, and author of Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity. Her research on early Christian women explores visual imagery found on burial artifacts of prominent early Christian women in the first four centuries and their authority and influence.

*No class on Monday, March 18

Mar
26
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During Lent, noonday meditation will be offered in addition to the regular Tuesday evening meditation.  The weekly session will include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Mar 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 an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Mar
27
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Mar 27 @ 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.

Mar
28
Thu
Coming Together: Exploring, Experiencing and Expanding Community @ Carondelet Center
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coming Together: Exploring, Experiencing and Expanding Community @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

We know how important community is in bringing our whole selves to flower. And still it can be hard to find or create communities that will welcome us just as we are. This four-part series of guided writing, conversation, embodied practices and other creative activities invites you to discover a deeper understanding of community and what is needed to build it and find belonging in it.

Informed by readings from Mark Nepo’s book, More Together than Alone, and other authors including Robin Wall Kimmerer, adrienne maree brown, Thomas King and Rebecca Solnit, we will together remember and imagine our way into a story of community in which we all belong.

For community leaders who seek new insights in their role of nurturing community and belonging as well as all who seek their own belonging. Consider joining the program with a partner, friend, colleague or neighbor to share the experience with you.

These sessions are facilitated by Karen Hering and Antoinette S. Williams.

If you are registering online for this series, you will be prompted to pay the minimum cost of $45.00 for each individual registration. If you wish to pay an additional amount within the suggested range of $45.00 – $95.00, please navigate to the donation entry at the bottom of all Wisdom Ways course options.  Please enter the additional amount that you wish to give in this field and it will be added to your registration amount.  Thank you for your support of community!

Mar
30
Sat
Weaving Our Stories, Singing Our Songs: A Multidisciplinary Healing Retreat @ Carondelet Center
Mar 30 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Weaving Our Stories, Singing Our Songs: A Multidisciplinary Healing Retreat @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

In this More Than a Single Story event, author Carolyn Holbrook, singer/songwriter Jayanthi Kyle and Wisdom Ways artist-in-residence Donald Thomas, Jr. will lead participants in a day-long healing retreat. Using writing, song and visual art, we’ll explore the natural artistic lines we are all gifted with and use them to help us find or maintain the strength and courage we need in these uncertain times.

More than a Single Story conversations were inspired by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful TED talk, The Danger of a Single Story, showing how stereotypes are fostered when we treat one story of a people as their only story. Hearing new sounds and awakening our senses will reveal new parts of our story!

Meditation: Morning Meditation Retreat @ Carondelet Center
Mar 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meditation: Morning Meditation Retreat @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

This Lenten morning retreat provides a more extended and focused time of contemplative prayer. Our morning in silence will include a pattern of sitting and walking meditations, mindful movements, and chanting.

Apr
1
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ Carondelet Center
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ 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 Lent, 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.

Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke’s Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus’ Mission @ Carondelet Center
Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke's Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus' Mission @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Interpretation matters. The insights readers find in the scriptures depend on the questions we bring to the text. The bible can seem hopelessly dated, silencing women, accepting slavery, using male images of God, but as women have become theologians and scripture scholars their new methods actively engage today’s readers in critical and creative dialog with scripture.

What really happened is a historical question. Which version of a parable is oldest is a redaction question about how the scriptures were woven together. Which son is lost, the prodigal or the elder brother, is a literary question about characters in a parable. A feminist theologian sees God’s intent for all women in Jesus straightening up the bent over woman. A liberation theologian laughs with Luke at the Rich Fool’s full granaries and embraces Jesus’ mission to raise up the poor.

Nine sessions explore the gospel stories and teachings unique to Luke. Two sessions explore its sequel, the Acts of the Apostles, especially house churches and early Christian women such as Tabitha, Lydia, Phoebe, and Priscilla. We’ll also explore ministries today that continue Jesus’ mission to the poor, the imprisoned, the indebted, and oppressed in our midst. The April 29 session will feature Christine Schenk, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph from Cleveland, Ohio, and author of Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity. Her research on early Christian women explores visual imagery found on burial artifacts of prominent early Christian women in the first four centuries and their authority and influence.

*No class on Monday, March 18

Apr
2
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During Lent, noonday meditation will be offered in addition to the regular Tuesday evening meditation.  The weekly session will include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Apr 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 an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Apr
6
Sat
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Apr 6 @ 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 broaden your sense of contribution to community. Together with a spiritually supportive community you will:

  • Engage with a learning community and experience the Divine Presence in the evolutionary Cosmic Story as it flows through you and the wisdom of diverse spiritual traditions.

  • Develop leadership skills involving spacious listening and clear questioning, expand and deepen your practices in meditation, reflection, ritual and celebration.

  • Enter a sacred circle where you share in story, ritual and creativity with others from diverse backgrounds and faith traditions who share a mutual desire to meet life’s challenges and joys with renewed hope and compassion.

  • Learn to integrate the energies of the Cosmic Story, Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine to bring healing and wholeness to yourself, to others and to the planet.

  • Cultivate a sacred activism for Earth and one another in times of suffering, struggle and change.

  • Participate in sand play.

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program and/or the 2019-2021 session.

Apr
8
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ Carondelet Center
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ 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 Lent, 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.