May
3
Fri
Meeting Mary Again: A Multicultural Artistic Pilgrimage @ Carondelet Center
May 3 – Aug 28 all-day

Marian Art from the Collection of Mary Kaye Medinger

 

Mary of Nazareth, the mother of Jesus, is an iconic figure in the history of art and spirituality. Over the course of a lifetime, teacher and Marian scholar Mary Kaye Medinger has accumulated a collection of Marian art from various genres and cultures.  Beginning with a small porcelain statue of Mary that stood on her dresser when she was growing up Catholic in the 1950s, her collection of images now encompasses images from places as disparate as Ethiopia and Ireland, Native American pueblos and Alaska, Mexico and Minnesota, Poland and Prague, Russia and El Salvador, and beyond.

Mary Kaye says that, in some mysterious way, her own personal relationship with her namesake precedes her conception. That relationship began to deepen considerably in the early 1980s when a question sprang into her consciousness while attending a Marian May Day procession at the Cathedral of St. Paul. As a statue of Mary, crowned with flowers, was carried on a platform up the main aisle escorted by Knights of Columbus and surrounded by hundreds of people singing ancient Marian hymns, Mary Kaye wondered in a new way about a question she had lived with all her life – who WAS this young woman who had said yes to God and   played a role in changing the course of history? How did she relate to the Great Mother of ancient times? The intervening decades have led her to do research, share questions and insights with thousands of people, and travel on pilgrimage to Marian shrines. The cathedral of Chartres in France, with its hundreds of Marian images, holds a special place in her heart.

As you make your way on your own pilgrimage among these images of Mary, Mary Kaye invites you to pay attention to the questions that spring up inside YOU! Who was the real flesh and blood woman who inspired the artists who created these images? Who was she for you when you were growing up? Who is she for you now?

And consider the questions in gold letters that hang on the wall at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, questions that she is said to have asked of the Indian Juan Diego in 1531: Am I not here, your mother? Are you not under my shadow and my protection? Am I not your source of life? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle where I cross my arms? Who else do you need?

Mary: Furthering the Conversation
Join Mary Kaye to discuss her Marian art collection. Two options:

Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
(Vigil of the feast of the Assumption)
Wednesday, August 21, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

RSVP

Curator:

Mary Kaye Medinger is a lifelong educator, writer, editor, spiritual director and retreat leader with a particular interest in women’s spirituality, especially Mariology. A consociate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, she has spent nearly 40 years in various ministerial positions in parish, diocesan and ecumenical settings.

 

 

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

Building Hours August 18 – August 28
Building opens at 8:30 am unless otherwise noted below.

Sunday, August 18: Closed

Monday, August 19: Close at 4:30 pm

Tuesday, August 20: Close at 4:30 pm

Wednesday, August 21: Close at 4:30 pm

Thursday, August 22: Close at 9:00 pm

Friday, August 23: Close at 4:30 pm

Saturday, August 24: Building Closed

Sunday, August 25: Building Closed

Monday, August 26: Close at 4:30 pm

Tuesday, August 27: Close at 5:00 pm

Wednesday, August 28: Close at 4:30 pm

Sep
3
Tue
Nine Gates: Thresholds of a Spiritual Journey @ Carondelet Center
Sep 3 – Oct 11 all-day

 

Compassion by Bob Schmitt

Come encounter scrolls that illuminate nine possible gates of spiritual passage: longing, abandonment, rage, emptiness, compassion, unbridled joy, oneness, delusion, and darkness.

These digitally printed banners resemble Chinese scrolls and invite you to reflect on the thresholds of our interior landscapes.

Bob created the Nine Gates scrolls to illuminate the 2015 Key West Literary Seminar’s theme: How the Light Gets in–Literature of the Spirit. The seminar was organized around gates of spiritual passage. Given a list of 30-some possible spiritual gates, Bob chose these nine as having the most resonance with his own experience: longing, abandonment, rage, emptiness, compassion, unbridled joy, oneness, delusion, and darkness.

Over six months, Bob created a calligraphic representation for each gate, and then a painting, integrating his understanding of spiritual journey, his discipline as a brush painter, and his skill in using digital technology. The result is a series of digitally printed banners that appear to be like Chinese scrolls.

The “silks” that surround each painting are actually a sample of the painting itself, digitally cloned to create the pattern and texture of a silk fabric. The effect is one of facing into thresholds of interior landscapes into which you are invited.      

This exhibit is part of Wisdom Ways permanent collection gifted by Sue Cochrane.

 

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.

 

 

 

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Sep 3 @ 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.

Sep
4
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Sep 4 @ 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.

Sep
7
Sat
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Sep 7 @ 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.

 

Sep
8
Sun
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Sep 8 @ 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.

 

Sep
10
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Sep 10 @ 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.

Sep
13
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Sep 13 @ 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
Sep 13 @ 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.

Sep
17
Tue
Writer’s Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center
Sep 17 @ 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.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Sep 17 @ 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.

Sep
18
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Sep 18 @ 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.

Sep
20
Fri
Contemplation and Community: A Gathering of Fresh Voices for a Living Tradition (Book Launch) @ Carondelet Center
Sep 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A resurgence of Christian contemplative living by emerging young practitioners is creating a new framework for spirituality inside and outside of formal religion. Contemplation and Community: A Gathering of Fresh Voices for a Living Tradition introduces these diverse voices, who reflect globally on the gifts, challenges, differences and commonalities of Christian contemplation today for communities and people of faith.

The Friday night event begins with a public conversation and book launch of Contemplation and Community. You’ll have the opportunity to talk with co-editors Jessica (Jessie) M. Smith and Stuart Higginbotham and enjoy readings and reflections from contributing writers.

 

Learn more about the Contemplation and Community Retreat Day
Saturday, September 21, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

These programs are made possible by a grant from the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation encouraging meditation, mindfulness and contemplative prayer.

Sep
21
Sat
Contemplation and Community: A Gathering of Fresh Voices for a Living Tradition (Retreat Day) @ Carondelet Center
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

A resurgence of Christian contemplative living by emerging young practitioners is creating a new framework for spirituality inside and outside of formal religion. Contemplation and Community: A Gathering of Fresh Voices for a Living Tradition introduces these diverse voices, who reflect globally on the gifts, challenges, differences and commonalities of Christian contemplation today for communities and people of faith.

This all day retreat offers reflection, practice, and workshops that explore more deeply the next era of Christian contemplative movement. The day will be spent moving through three lenses of understanding contemporary Christian contemplation: Grounding in Practice, Transformation in Community, and Embodiment, Compassion and Healing.

From understanding pedagogical practices of contemplation, contemplative congregational leadership development, racial dialogue and contemplation, and practices of the Eastern Orthodox-born Systema practice, each session invites participants to explore together the horizon of Christian contemplation and where the Spirit may be leading next.

 

Learn more about the Contemplation and Community
Book Launch and Public Conversation

Friday, September 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

 

 

 

 

This program is made possible by a grant from the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation encouraging meditation, mindfulness and contemplative prayer.

 

Sep
23
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center
Sep 23 @ 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
Sep
24
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Sep 24 @ 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.

Sep
25
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: The Quest for a Moral Life @ Carondelet Center
Sep 25 @ 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.

Sep
28
Sat
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop @ Carondelet Center
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Spiritual memoir is the practice of listening deeply to our life experiences through the creation of artful, true stories.  We come more alive when we accept how our experiences have formed us and when we form something of what we’ve experienced.  By writing memories with intention, we can find holiness in the details, patterns that unify our sense of self, and deep personal healing.  By crafting our stories to engage the inner life of readers, we can participate in transforming our world.

This class is taught by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew.

Sep
30
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center
Sep 30 @ 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
Oct
1
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 1 @ 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.

Oct
2
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: The Quest for a Moral Life @ Carondelet Center
Oct 2 @ 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.

Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Oct 2 @ 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
Sat
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Oct 5 @ 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.

 

Oct
6
Sun
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Oct 6 @ 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.

 

Oct
7
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center
Oct 7 @ 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
Oct
8
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 8 @ 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.

Oct
11
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Oct 11 @ 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
Oct 11 @ 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
14
Mon
The Continuum Exhibit: Consciousness and the Interconnectedness of Life @ Carondelet Center
Oct 14 – Oct 20 all-day

Co hosted by Wisdom Ways and Holistic Health Studies at
St. Catherine University

 

Continuum is an interdisciplinary and multi-cultural exploration of consciousness, human capacity and the continuity/interconnectedness of life, blending images, quotes and research spanning fields, cultures and thousands of years.

This exhibit will also be on display from October 21 – 30 at Saint Catherine University, with presentations on October 23 and 28 at St. Catherine University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center
Oct 14 @ 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
Oct
15
Tue
Writer’s Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center
Oct 15 @ 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.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 15 @ 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.

Oct
16
Wed
Yes! Jesus Had Women Disciples @ Carondelet Center
Oct 16 @ 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.

Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Oct 16 @ 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.

Meditation: Becoming One with the One–An Introduction to Christian Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Meditation: Becoming One with the One--An Introduction to Christian Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

John Main, a twentieth century Benedictine Monk, reintroduced to spiritual seekers the rich Christian tradition of meditation.  Come explore his teachings on meditation as a way of contemplative prayer, the practice of meditation, its roots in the Christian tradition, and its power to compel us beyond our place of prayer to compassionate action in the world.  Includes a meditation time together.

Oct
21
Mon
Challenge Yourself: A Jewish Papercut Artist @ Carondelet Center
Oct 21 – 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.

 

 

 

Hedgerow Initiative: Inclusive Grace: The Life and Search of Two Pastors @ Carondelet Center
Oct 21 @ 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
Oct
22
Tue
Zentangle the Moment @ Carondelet Center
Oct 22 @ 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 22 @ 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 22 @ 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 classes is to move closer to essential Self so that we can evolve through our relationships.

Session 1: An Overview of Enneagram Awareness & 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.