Sep
10
Mon
The Art of He Qi Exhibit @ Carondelet Center
Sep 10 – Nov 30 all-day

 

Do not hold on to me by He Qi

Come immerse yourself in the energetic, colorful and contemporary art of He Qi, who blends Chinese folk customs and traditional Chinese painting with the western art of the Middle and Modern Ages, adding his own spin, techniques and style.

From his start painting Mao’s portrait during the Cultural Revolution in China, he learned about Renaissance painters, studied in Europe, and became the first Chinese to earn a PhD in religious arts. “I wanted to create peaceful scenes. We need to hear the peaceful voice of heaven,” he says.

Fully Chinese, fully Christian, his images invite us to re-imagine Biblical stories in dynamic and vibrant ways.

 

Artist:

Dr. He Qi (pronounced huh chee) is Artist-in-Residence and visiting Scholar at Claremont School of Theology and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Art Institute of Renmin University of China in Beijing.

 

Art exhibits can be viewed on the ground level of Carondelet Center, Monday-Friday and weekends. 

Building Hours September 18– September 30
Building opens at 8:30 am unless otherwise noted below.

Tuesday, September 18: Close at 8:00 pm

Wednesday, September 19: Close at 7:00 pm

Thursday, September 20: Close at 9:00 pm

Friday, September 21: Close at 9:00 pm

Saturday, September 22: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, September 23: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Monday, September 24: Close at 9:00pm

Tuesday, September 25: Close at 8:00pm

Wednesday, September 26: Close at 9:00 pm

Thursday, September 27: Close at 9:00 pm

Friday, September 28: Close at 9:00 pm

Saturday, September 29: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 30: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sep
22
Sat
Liberating the Heart: A Journey of Transformation @ Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine, St. Catherine University
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Liberating the Heart: A Journey of Transformation @ Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine, St. Catherine University | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Join Joyce Rupp and Sara Thomsen for a retreat day that focuses on an in-depth approach to becoming a more whole human being, one whose vision and way of life becomes ever more transparent and animated. This inner freedom leads to an expansion of compassion and to dwelling in fuller harmony with both self and the larger world.

Come and restore your joy, peace and passion for life.

This program is full and closed for registration. To be put on a waiting list, call 651-696-2788. Walk-in registrations will not be available at this event.

Sep
24
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Our bodies are us. Race, sex and gender, sexuality, and culture make each human individual, particular, different. Our bodies make us visible to some and invisible to others. Our bodies make us insiders and outsiders, citizens and immigrants, privileged and profiled, straight and queer. Beginning with our bodies, the Hedgerow Seminar aims to translate wounds into theological reflection and suffering into the compassionate practice of solidarity.

The black body uncovers the suffering body at the heart of Christian belief; it connects the cross with the lynching tree. Reading and reflecting with womanist theologian Shawn Copeland, we will ask how we can become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ in our world that Jesus was in his. “If the body, the flesh of Jesus, is the ‘hinge of salvation,’ then the embrace of the church must swing open and wide,” writes Copeland, who draws on slave narratives to let the wounds of black women and men speak. Their suffering lays bare the human capacity for inhumanity but also testifies that untold violence cannot silence the human spirit and the desire for freedom.

Other voices will also show us how to become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ. Alongside Copeland’s work, we will read feminist theologians Rebecca Parker and Rita Nakashima Brock on their experiences—Parker with recovered memories of abuse and Brock with two cultures struggling within her. Parker, Brock, and Copeland were among the feminist, womanist, mujerista, and Asian theologians gathered 25 years ago at the Re-imagining Conference to re-imagine a church and world in which the bodies of women would be equal, no longer abused, discounted, or trivialized.

Sep
25
Tue
Landscapes and Human Spirit in Willa Cather’s Novel My Ántonia @ Carondelet Center
Sep 25 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Landscapes and Human Spirit in Willa Cather's Novel My Ántonia @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

At the end of My Ántonia, Willa Cather writes of the protagonist, Ántonia:

She had only to stand in the orchard, to put her hand on a little crab tree and look up at the apples, to make you feel the goodness of planting and tending and harvesting at last. All the strong things of her heart came out in her body that had been so tireless in serving generous emotions.

Whether you’ve read this engaging novel or not, come, learn, and participate in conversation about how it explores the resilient human, pioneer spirit. Living at the turn of century and the rise of modernization, Willa Cather was sensitive to the losses endured by land and peoples.  In her writing she lifted up the cultural jewels engendered from prairie-life and immigrant experience. One hundred years after the novel’s publication, we can reflect on how it speaks to us and our challenges today.

 

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Sep 25 @ 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.

Sep
26
Wed
The Women in Mark’s Gospel @ Carondelet Center
Sep 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Women in Mark's Gospel @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Join a weekly conversation paying close attention to the women in Mark’s gospel.  Each hour will feature one of the 11 women in Joan Mitchell’s Holy Women, Full of Grace: Praying the Stories of the Women in Mark’s Gospel (available at the first session for $8.00)

As we invite these women into our lives and prayer, we will also create a women’s litany.

Sep
27
Thu
The Body of the World: A Reading by Mary Moore Easter @ Carondelet Center
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Body of the World: A Reading by Mary Moore Easter @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Come delve into a new collection of poetry by Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Mary Moore Easter. The Body of the World was a finalist for the 2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. Poet Angela Jackson says Easter’s new book “leads us through the tangled past and bristling present of race, slavery, gender, and cruelty, through China, France, and America. Easter offers beauty, breathe, and hope. She will leave you wiser––O, so much wiser.”

Oct
1
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Our bodies are us. Race, sex and gender, sexuality, and culture make each human individual, particular, different. Our bodies make us visible to some and invisible to others. Our bodies make us insiders and outsiders, citizens and immigrants, privileged and profiled, straight and queer. Beginning with our bodies, the Hedgerow Seminar aims to translate wounds into theological reflection and suffering into the compassionate practice of solidarity.

The black body uncovers the suffering body at the heart of Christian belief; it connects the cross with the lynching tree. Reading and reflecting with womanist theologian Shawn Copeland, we will ask how we can become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ in our world that Jesus was in his. “If the body, the flesh of Jesus, is the ‘hinge of salvation,’ then the embrace of the church must swing open and wide,” writes Copeland, who draws on slave narratives to let the wounds of black women and men speak. Their suffering lays bare the human capacity for inhumanity but also testifies that untold violence cannot silence the human spirit and the desire for freedom.

Other voices will also show us how to become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ. Alongside Copeland’s work, we will read feminist theologians Rebecca Parker and Rita Nakashima Brock on their experiences—Parker with recovered memories of abuse and Brock with two cultures struggling within her. Parker, Brock, and Copeland were among the feminist, womanist, mujerista, and Asian theologians gathered 25 years ago at the Re-imagining Conference to re-imagine a church and world in which the bodies of women would be equal, no longer abused, discounted, or trivialized.

Oct
2
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 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.

Oct
3
Wed
The Women in Mark’s Gospel @ Carondelet Center
Oct 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Women in Mark's Gospel @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Join a weekly conversation paying close attention to the women in Mark’s gospel.  Each hour will feature one of the 11 women in Joan Mitchell’s Holy Women, Full of Grace: Praying the Stories of the Women in Mark’s Gospel (available at the first session for $8.00)

As we invite these women into our lives and prayer, we will also create a women’s litany.

Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Oct 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.

Oct
5
Fri
Fall Soul Conference: Re-Imagining Body, Race, and Being (Day 1) @ Carondelet Center
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Fall Soul Conference: Re-Imagining Body, Race, and Being (Day 1) @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Twenty five years ago the Re-Imagining conference held in Minneapolis, gathered 2200 people from around the world to hear women theologians ‘re-imagine’ God, Jesus, Creation, and a church whose leadership, language and point of view was largely male. The diverse participants created, laughed, sang, danced, and left challenged by all they had heard. The backlash after the event brought calls of heresy and attempts to silence voices. But just as at Pentecost, the Spirit had been liberated and the re-imagining continued.

The task of re-imagining never ends. Our times call for us to see things afresh and live life anew. This year’s Fall Soul Conference equips us for the task by highlighting and continuing the feminist, womanist, mujerista, and theological Re-Imagining movement to engage contemporary issues of race, gender, sexuality: body, race and being.

Two participants in the original Re-Imagining will be our prophets and guides. Barbara Lundblad illumines our responsibility and the possibilities for a community re-imagining who we can be both individually and collectively. Anchoring us in body, race, and being, Shawn Copeland will challenge us to rearrange the scaffolding of the world that shapes our perspectives and destroys human life. Fall Soul musicians, artists, and ritualists will weave vibrant soundscapes around honest narratives of sacred humanity as we seek new ways to live for the sake of justice and peace in the world, in community, in being.

Oct
6
Sat
Fall Soul Conference: Re-Imagining Body, Race, and Being (Day 2) @ Carondelet Center
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fall Soul Conference: Re-Imagining Body, Race, and Being (Day 2) @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Twenty five years ago the Re-Imagining conference held in Minneapolis, gathered 2200 people from around the world to hear women theologians ‘re-imagine’ God, Jesus, Creation, and a church whose leadership, language and point of view was largely male. The diverse participants created, laughed, sang, danced, and left challenged by all they had heard. The backlash after the event brought calls of heresy and attempts to silence voices. But just as at Pentecost, the Spirit had been liberated and the re-imagining continued.

The task of re-imagining never ends. Our times call for us to see things afresh and live life anew. This year’s Fall Soul Conference equips us for the task by highlighting and continuing the feminist, womanist, mujerista, and theological Re-Imagining movement to engage contemporary issues of race, gender, sexuality: body, race and being.

Two participants in the original Re-Imagining will be our prophets and guides. Barbara Lundblad illumines our responsibility and the possibilities for a community re-imagining who we can be both individually and collectively. Anchoring us in body, race, and being, Shawn Copeland will challenge us to rearrange the scaffolding of the world that shapes our perspectives and destroys human life. Fall Soul musicians, artists, and ritualists will weave vibrant soundscapes around honest narratives of sacred humanity as we seek new ways to live for the sake of justice and peace in the world, in community, in being.

Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Oct 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.

Other Program Details:

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

Oct
8
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center
Oct 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Our bodies are us. Race, sex and gender, sexuality, and culture make each human individual, particular, different. Our bodies make us visible to some and invisible to others. Our bodies make us insiders and outsiders, citizens and immigrants, privileged and profiled, straight and queer. Beginning with our bodies, the Hedgerow Seminar aims to translate wounds into theological reflection and suffering into the compassionate practice of solidarity.

The black body uncovers the suffering body at the heart of Christian belief; it connects the cross with the lynching tree. Reading and reflecting with womanist theologian Shawn Copeland, we will ask how we can become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ in our world that Jesus was in his. “If the body, the flesh of Jesus, is the ‘hinge of salvation,’ then the embrace of the church must swing open and wide,” writes Copeland, who draws on slave narratives to let the wounds of black women and men speak. Their suffering lays bare the human capacity for inhumanity but also testifies that untold violence cannot silence the human spirit and the desire for freedom.

Other voices will also show us how to become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ. Alongside Copeland’s work, we will read feminist theologians Rebecca Parker and Rita Nakashima Brock on their experiences—Parker with recovered memories of abuse and Brock with two cultures struggling within her. Parker, Brock, and Copeland were among the feminist, womanist, mujerista, and Asian theologians gathered 25 years ago at the Re-imagining Conference to re-imagine a church and world in which the bodies of women would be equal, no longer abused, discounted, or trivialized.

Oct
9
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 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 an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Oct
11
Thu
Celtic Saints and Animal Stories: A Spirituality of Holiness @ Carondelet Center
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Celtic Saints and Animal Stories: A Spirituality of Holiness @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Come hear stories of the Celtic saints and their kinship with animals from the Celtic hagiographies, the largest body of Christian saint and animal stories in existence. While those saints were often depicted as friends and protectors of animals, this presentation will also examine what the animals did for them—often portraying them as “consociates” or “lay oblates” of the monastic communities themselves. Implications and positive actions related to these will be examined and discussed.

This course is facilitated by Ed Sellner.

Oct
12
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Oct 12 @ 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
Oct 12 @ 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.

Oct
15
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Our bodies are us. Race, sex and gender, sexuality, and culture make each human individual, particular, different. Our bodies make us visible to some and invisible to others. Our bodies make us insiders and outsiders, citizens and immigrants, privileged and profiled, straight and queer. Beginning with our bodies, the Hedgerow Seminar aims to translate wounds into theological reflection and suffering into the compassionate practice of solidarity.

The black body uncovers the suffering body at the heart of Christian belief; it connects the cross with the lynching tree. Reading and reflecting with womanist theologian Shawn Copeland, we will ask how we can become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ in our world that Jesus was in his. “If the body, the flesh of Jesus, is the ‘hinge of salvation,’ then the embrace of the church must swing open and wide,” writes Copeland, who draws on slave narratives to let the wounds of black women and men speak. Their suffering lays bare the human capacity for inhumanity but also testifies that untold violence cannot silence the human spirit and the desire for freedom.

Other voices will also show us how to become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ. Alongside Copeland’s work, we will read feminist theologians Rebecca Parker and Rita Nakashima Brock on their experiences—Parker with recovered memories of abuse and Brock with two cultures struggling within her. Parker, Brock, and Copeland were among the feminist, womanist, mujerista, and Asian theologians gathered 25 years ago at the Re-imagining Conference to re-imagine a church and world in which the bodies of women would be equal, no longer abused, discounted, or trivialized.

Oct
16
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 16 @ 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.

Oct
17
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Oct 17 @ 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.

Oct
18
Thu
Women of Wisdom and Imagination: Teresa and Therese @ Carondelet Center
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Women of Wisdom and Imagination: Teresa and Therese @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Spend an evening reflecting on the lives and spirituality of two of the four women officially proclaimed Doctors of the Church: the Spanish Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) and the French Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897). These two beloved Carmelite mystics, separated by nearly four centuries, imagined new ways of understanding Holy Mystery and invite us to do so also.

This is part of Wisdom Ways’ celebration of feasts and festivals honoring women in the Christian tradition. Feast days: October 1, Theresa of Lisieux; October 16, Teresa of Avila.

This course is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

Oct
20
Sat
Re-Imagining Your Story: Encountering the Transforming Soul and Society Program @ Carondelet Center
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Re-Imagining Your Story: Encountering the Transforming Soul and Society Program @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Yes, open your eyes. What do you see? What is the bigger cosmic story you’ve been born into? What is your personal experience of the world, the geographical place you call home, the communities you belong to, the family that calls you by name? And as you look around and consider your place in our troubled and magnificent world, what is it you are now being called to?

Come explore these questions in a day-long retreat introducing Wisdom Ways’ two-year Transforming Soul and Society Program. Immerse yourself in a day of ritual, music, presentations, creative arts/sandplay, shared inquiry and conversation—modeled on a typical day in this learning community for spiritual development and guidance.

A new session starts in Fall 2019.

Oct
22
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Our bodies are us. Race, sex and gender, sexuality, and culture make each human individual, particular, different. Our bodies make us visible to some and invisible to others. Our bodies make us insiders and outsiders, citizens and immigrants, privileged and profiled, straight and queer. Beginning with our bodies, the Hedgerow Seminar aims to translate wounds into theological reflection and suffering into the compassionate practice of solidarity.

The black body uncovers the suffering body at the heart of Christian belief; it connects the cross with the lynching tree. Reading and reflecting with womanist theologian Shawn Copeland, we will ask how we can become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ in our world that Jesus was in his. “If the body, the flesh of Jesus, is the ‘hinge of salvation,’ then the embrace of the church must swing open and wide,” writes Copeland, who draws on slave narratives to let the wounds of black women and men speak. Their suffering lays bare the human capacity for inhumanity but also testifies that untold violence cannot silence the human spirit and the desire for freedom.

Other voices will also show us how to become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ. Alongside Copeland’s work, we will read feminist theologians Rebecca Parker and Rita Nakashima Brock on their experiences—Parker with recovered memories of abuse and Brock with two cultures struggling within her. Parker, Brock, and Copeland were among the feminist, womanist, mujerista, and Asian theologians gathered 25 years ago at the Re-imagining Conference to re-imagine a church and world in which the bodies of women would be equal, no longer abused, discounted, or trivialized.

Oct
23
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 23 @ 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.

Oct
26
Fri
A Stray: Friday Night Film @ Carondelet Center
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A Stray: Friday Night Film @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Learn more about everyday life within the Somali community in the Twin Cities and the challenges faced by refugees through an award-winning film written and directed by Musa Syeed. “A Stray” is about a Somali refugee whose life changes, not always for the better, when he befriends a dog, despite the fact that as a Muslim, Adan believes dogs are haram or forbidden under Islamic law.

Immersing the viewer in a social milieu unfamiliar to most of us, the movie captures how refugees struggle to survive in American communities. Also, in a revelatory scene, into the Native American community; each group finds it difficult to understand the other’s “outsider” status. The film’s ending is influenced by a lesson an imam shares with Adan: A man was wandering in the desert and finally found water, but near the well, there was a thirsty dog. The man filled his shoe to give water to the dog before drinking some himself, and God granted the man heaven.

Oct
29
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center
Oct 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Our bodies are us. Race, sex and gender, sexuality, and culture make each human individual, particular, different. Our bodies make us visible to some and invisible to others. Our bodies make us insiders and outsiders, citizens and immigrants, privileged and profiled, straight and queer. Beginning with our bodies, the Hedgerow Seminar aims to translate wounds into theological reflection and suffering into the compassionate practice of solidarity.

The black body uncovers the suffering body at the heart of Christian belief; it connects the cross with the lynching tree. Reading and reflecting with womanist theologian Shawn Copeland, we will ask how we can become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ in our world that Jesus was in his. “If the body, the flesh of Jesus, is the ‘hinge of salvation,’ then the embrace of the church must swing open and wide,” writes Copeland, who draws on slave narratives to let the wounds of black women and men speak. Their suffering lays bare the human capacity for inhumanity but also testifies that untold violence cannot silence the human spirit and the desire for freedom.

Other voices will also show us how to become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ. Alongside Copeland’s work, we will read feminist theologians Rebecca Parker and Rita Nakashima Brock on their experiences—Parker with recovered memories of abuse and Brock with two cultures struggling within her. Parker, Brock, and Copeland were among the feminist, womanist, mujerista, and Asian theologians gathered 25 years ago at the Re-imagining Conference to re-imagine a church and world in which the bodies of women would be equal, no longer abused, discounted, or trivialized.

Oct
30
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 30 @ 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.

Oct
31
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Re-Imagining Our Gifts @ Carondelet Center
Oct 31 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Men’s Spirituality: Re-Imagining Our Gifts @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

As men, we are often pressured to show certain kinds of skills and expertise, with an emphasis on being able to think things through, create logical plans, and have a dossier of achievements by the time we’re middle-aged. But what about other kinds of gifts that are often overlooked in men? The strength that comes from vulnerability, the feelings that are at the heart of courage?

This two-part series will help in identifying innate gifts we have which are not always recognized and celebrated by not only the culture around us, but by us, ourselves. What might happen if we re-imagine the gifts of being male?

This class is taught by Doug Federhart.

 

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

Other Program Details:

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

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

Other Program Details:

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

Nov
4
Sun
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Nov 4 @ 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.

Other Program Details:

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

Nov
5
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Our bodies are us. Race, sex and gender, sexuality, and culture make each human individual, particular, different. Our bodies make us visible to some and invisible to others. Our bodies make us insiders and outsiders, citizens and immigrants, privileged and profiled, straight and queer. Beginning with our bodies, the Hedgerow Seminar aims to translate wounds into theological reflection and suffering into the compassionate practice of solidarity.

The black body uncovers the suffering body at the heart of Christian belief; it connects the cross with the lynching tree. Reading and reflecting with womanist theologian Shawn Copeland, we will ask how we can become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ in our world that Jesus was in his. “If the body, the flesh of Jesus, is the ‘hinge of salvation,’ then the embrace of the church must swing open and wide,” writes Copeland, who draws on slave narratives to let the wounds of black women and men speak. Their suffering lays bare the human capacity for inhumanity but also testifies that untold violence cannot silence the human spirit and the desire for freedom.

Other voices will also show us how to become the raced, gendered, sexed, enculturated body of Christ. Alongside Copeland’s work, we will read feminist theologians Rebecca Parker and Rita Nakashima Brock on their experiences—Parker with recovered memories of abuse and Brock with two cultures struggling within her. Parker, Brock, and Copeland were among the feminist, womanist, mujerista, and Asian theologians gathered 25 years ago at the Re-imagining Conference to re-imagine a church and world in which the bodies of women would be equal, no longer abused, discounted, or trivialized.

Nov
6
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Nov 6 @ 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.

Nov
7
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Re-Imagining Our Gifts @ Carondelet Center
Nov 7 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Men’s Spirituality: Re-Imagining Our Gifts @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

As men, we are often pressured to show certain kinds of skills and expertise, with an emphasis on being able to think things through, create logical plans, and have a dossier of achievements by the time we’re middle-aged. But what about other kinds of gifts that are often overlooked in men? The strength that comes from vulnerability, the feelings that are at the heart of courage?

This two-part series will help in identifying innate gifts we have which are not always recognized and celebrated by not only the culture around us, but by us, ourselves. What might happen if we re-imagine the gifts of being male?

This class is taught by Doug Federhart.

 

Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Nov 7 @ 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
8
Thu
Re-Imagining Women’s Spirituality: What the Beguines Have to Teach Us @ Carondelet Center
Nov 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Re-Imagining Women's Spirituality: What the Beguines Have to Teach Us @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Come and explore the radical, independent nature and legacy of a medieval lay women’s movement that involved thousands of women over several centuries in northern Europe and in some cases has continued to our own time! Living in common and devoted to lives of service and works of justice, the beguines were self-governing, did not take vows and were financially independent. Over time, many beguines were perceived as a threat to the institutional church, persecuted and ultimately repressed.

We will examine this movement and its implications for women today regarding women’s roles, church, spirituality and imagination. Starting with the historical context and visionary spirituality of the beguines, we will explore how the literary and theological contributions of individual beguines such as Mechthild of Magdeburg, Hadewijch, and Marguerite Porete address OUR time.

This course is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

Nov
9
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Nov 9 @ 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
Nov 9 @ 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.