Summer/Fall 2020

Calendar of Events:

Aug
25
Tue
At Home in Oneself (August) @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Aug 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
At Home in Oneself (August) @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

It is so easy to find oneself on high alert, tense and exhausted by living through times with high levels of uncertainty and change. Our bodies so easily flip into a fight-or-flight mode, blocking our creativity, love, resilience, and hope. The antidote is to find ways to come home deeply to ourselves. At home in our bodies. Deeply at home in nature. At home in the universe and the unfolding story of the cosmos. At home even in the midst of our present evolutionary crisis.

Our bodies are the key to helping the peace and wisdom within our spiritual practices “stick to our bones.” Come learn a series of simple, gentle movement meditations to connect with your body and with nature. After we learn the fundamental movements together online, you will use the audio tracks sent to you before class to guide you in your solo practice in your home or garden.  At the end of our one-session class, we will reconvene online to share our experiences.

The final movement meditation is a simple traditional govand dance from Armenia. Following the pioneering research by Laura Shannon, we will approach this dance as part of a body of women’s ritual dances that have transmitted women’s wisdom consciously through time. Come explore dance as a form of transformed contemplation.

People of all cultures, genders, and abilities are welcome. Participate while seated or standing, entirely inside or with some time outside.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This class is taught by Emily Jarrett Hughes.

Sep
2
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Sep 2 @ 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Wisdom Ways Men’s Centering Prayer circles have been creating a hope-filled space for men to gather in person over the past six years.  During these times it’s more important than ever for us to continue supporting our practice, only now we’ll shift our meetings to an online format via Zoom.  With the constant ways modern communication is drawing our attention, we all need specific times for silence and quiet to support rich inner lives.  Centering Prayer is the “prayer beyond words,” a practice of self-surrender that supports extending interior silence into daily life.

Please join us as we gather to experience Centering Prayer, have a short sharing and offer support among men from a variety of experience levels.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

The Men’s Centering Prayer Circle is facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering.

Sep
8
Tue
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop
Sep 8 – Sep 25 all-day
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop

 

This class has reached capacity. To be added to a waiting list, please contact the Wisdom Ways Office at 651-696-2788 or info@wisdomwayscenter.org.

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.

Join Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew for an introduction to the art and spiritual practice of writing memoir.  What is memoir, and how is it different from autobiography?  What makes memoir spiritual?  How can the practice of writing memoir, whether for an audience or no audience, support spiritual growth?  We will start with the basics, using writing exercises, readings from master writers, and conversation.  We will also discuss how to sustain the practice with writing partners or small groups.

During this self-paced, two-and-a-half-week online independent study, writers can view Elizabeth’s video lectures, respond to writing prompts, and immerse themselves in the genre and practice of spiritual memoir through readings and a community forum.  Elizabeth will meet with the class via Zoom once as well as comment in the course forum.

Registered participants will be able to access the course from September 8 – 25. Please visit the program page for more details about online course details and expectations.

Sep
11
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey
Sep 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey

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. Although we cannot gather together in person to labyrinth walk this Fall, we can support one another in our labyrinth practice as well as walk intentionally as a community for harmony.

Between the hours of 9:30 – 11:30 am (Central Time) on second Fridays through December, we invite you to engage in your own labyrinth practice individually or with a small group at your own location of choice, with awareness that others will be simultaneously participating alongside you from afar. You might walk an outdoor labyrinth, trace a finger labyrinth, or visit an indoor labyrinth to which you have access.

In addition to joining this community experience, you will receive access to a password protected webpage that includes a reflection, opportunity for engaged action, and further learning resources. You are welcome to use the resources throughout the month as part of your contemplative practice.

To receive the email that contains the webpage and password, please RSVP. The emails will be sent on Thursday evenings prior to each listed Friday morning program date.

 

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Sep 11 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Monthly online drop-in sessions facilitated 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.  To support individual writers and writing groups in the ever-deepening practice of writing spiritual memoir, time is included for participant questions.

Each online session will be facilitated by Elizabeth via Zoom.  Elizabeth will reflect on the day’s theme and provide readings, writing prompts and handouts with craft advice. The sessions will allow time for small group breakout discussion as well as large group discussion and questions.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Sep
16
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Sep 16 @ 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Wisdom Ways Men’s Centering Prayer circles have been creating a hope-filled space for men to gather in person over the past six years.  During these times it’s more important than ever for us to continue supporting our practice, only now we’ll shift our meetings to an online format via Zoom.  With the constant ways modern communication is drawing our attention, we all need specific times for silence and quiet to support rich inner lives.  Centering Prayer is the “prayer beyond words,” a practice of self-surrender that supports extending interior silence into daily life.

Please join us as we gather to experience Centering Prayer, have a short sharing and offer support among men from a variety of experience levels.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

The Men’s Centering Prayer Circle is facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering.

Sep
17
Thu
the art of hope / the hope of art @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
the art of hope / the hope of art @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this time of pandemics and great social movement, how do we nourish that little seed of hope? What is the practice of hope? How is it an art form? How does the practice of art inform our hope?

In this online class, artist Bob Schmitt will lead three reflective conversations around these questions, inviting us more deeply into a practice of hope. The starting point will be his massive 15′ x 2′ painting of dawn at Mather Point, Grand Canyon.  Since March 25, Bob has considered hope from many angles as he developed the piece during the COVID-19 pandemic. Come explore hope in reflected light, hope looking into the abyss, and hope in rebrilliance, while you nurture your practice.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Sep
18
Fri
At Home in Oneself (September) @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Sep 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
At Home in Oneself (September) @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

It is so easy to find oneself on high alert, tense and exhausted by living through times with high levels of uncertainty and change. Our bodies so easily flip into a fight-or-flight mode, blocking our creativity, love, resilience, and hope. The antidote is to find ways to come home deeply to ourselves. At home in our bodies. Deeply at home in nature. At home in the universe and the unfolding story of the cosmos. At home even in the midst of our present evolutionary crisis.

Our bodies are the key to helping the peace and wisdom within our spiritual practices “stick to our bones.” Come learn a series of simple, gentle movement meditations to connect with your body and with nature. After we learn the fundamental movements together online, you will use the audio tracks sent to you before class to guide you in your solo practice in your home or garden.  At the end of our one-session class, we will reconvene online to share our experiences.

The final movement meditation is a simple traditional govand dance from Armenia. Following the pioneering research by Laura Shannon, we will approach this dance as part of a body of women’s ritual dances that have transmitted women’s wisdom consciously through time. Come explore dance as a form of transformed contemplation.

People of all cultures, genders, and abilities are welcome. Participate while seated or standing, entirely inside or with some time outside.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This class is taught by Emily Jarrett Hughes.

Sep
23
Wed
The Enneagram and Tao Te Ching: 9 Ways to Move from Fixation to Flow @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Sep 23 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
The Enneagram and Tao Te Ching: 9 Ways to Move from Fixation to Flow @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Living with flow is the aim of both the Enneagram and the Tao Te Ching. Both of these wisdom traditions are designed to free us from fixated and conditioned personalities that keep us caught in limiting patterns and perspectives.

This course is a contemplative journey into 9 themes that converge when the 9 Enneagram types are aligned with ancient wisdom from the Tao Te Ching. Each theme is a spiritual pathway that illuminates ancient wisdom and speaks to our contemporary life-challenges. And, each theme invites us into the dynamic Enneagram that releases us from our constricted dominant type.

After an overview of the Enneagram, the Tao, and their inter-relatedness, the course will follow a contemplative process for each of the 9 themes that includes a presentation, silence for personal journaling, and then group reflections. We end the course by examining the spirituality that follows the flow of the inner lines and takes us into a wholeness that weaves together all 9 types.

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

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This series is facilitated by Scott McRae.

Sep
24
Thu
the art of hope / the hope of art @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
the art of hope / the hope of art @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this time of pandemics and great social movement, how do we nourish that little seed of hope? What is the practice of hope? How is it an art form? How does the practice of art inform our hope?

In this online class, artist Bob Schmitt will lead three reflective conversations around these questions, inviting us more deeply into a practice of hope. The starting point will be his massive 15′ x 2′ painting of dawn at Mather Point, Grand Canyon.  Since March 25, Bob has considered hope from many angles as he developed the piece during the COVID-19 pandemic. Come explore hope in reflected light, hope looking into the abyss, and hope in rebrilliance, while you nurture your practice.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Sep
28
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

In this online course, theologian Elizabeth Johnson rethinks and reimagines the mystery of God in our unfinished world and fraught times.  Her book Creation and the Cross engages us seekers in critical and creative dialogue with Anselm’s feudal metaphor that makes Jesus’ death necessary to restore his Father’s honor.  No metaphor is adequate to express the mystery of God.  In our culture today, satisfaction theory turns God into an abusive father and makes Jesus a victim.

Instead, Johnson places Jesus’ death and resurrection in today’s evolutionary and cosmic context, connecting human suffering and the suffering of all creation.  What we are experiencing in our daily lives as protecting ourselves from COVID-19 has disconnected us from each other, cleared our skies, and raised havoc with livelihoods among our poorest neighbors.

What we are experiencing as protest liturgies in our streets and around the world is seeking justice for all the oppressed who know the knee on the neck that killed George Floyd. Protest litanies insist we say his name and those killed before him.  Black Lives Matter.  As people sweep up the broken glass of neighbors’ lives and livelihoods, what are we learning?  What are we learning about the brokenness and suffering embedded within the lands, waters, our interdependencies and the shared life of beings in our planetary ecologies?  How do we live resurrection and the mystery of holy surprise?

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, access to a private course webpage, and a live Zoom conversation with Professor Johnson on November 9.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, (via Zoom Session on November 9).

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Sep
30
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Sep 30 @ 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Wisdom Ways Men’s Centering Prayer circles have been creating a hope-filled space for men to gather in person over the past six years.  During these times it’s more important than ever for us to continue supporting our practice, only now we’ll shift our meetings to an online format via Zoom.  With the constant ways modern communication is drawing our attention, we all need specific times for silence and quiet to support rich inner lives.  Centering Prayer is the “prayer beyond words,” a practice of self-surrender that supports extending interior silence into daily life.

Please join us as we gather to experience Centering Prayer, have a short sharing and offer support among men from a variety of experience levels.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

The Men’s Centering Prayer Circle is facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering.

The Enneagram and Tao Te Ching: 9 Ways to Move from Fixation to Flow @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Sep 30 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
The Enneagram and Tao Te Ching: 9 Ways to Move from Fixation to Flow @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Living with flow is the aim of both the Enneagram and the Tao Te Ching. Both of these wisdom traditions are designed to free us from fixated and conditioned personalities that keep us caught in limiting patterns and perspectives.

This course is a contemplative journey into 9 themes that converge when the 9 Enneagram types are aligned with ancient wisdom from the Tao Te Ching. Each theme is a spiritual pathway that illuminates ancient wisdom and speaks to our contemporary life-challenges. And, each theme invites us into the dynamic Enneagram that releases us from our constricted dominant type.

After an overview of the Enneagram, the Tao, and their inter-relatedness, the course will follow a contemplative process for each of the 9 themes that includes a presentation, silence for personal journaling, and then group reflections. We end the course by examining the spirituality that follows the flow of the inner lines and takes us into a wholeness that weaves together all 9 types.

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

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This series is facilitated by Scott McRae.

Oct
1
Thu
the art of hope / the hope of art @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
the art of hope / the hope of art @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this time of pandemics and great social movement, how do we nourish that little seed of hope? What is the practice of hope? How is it an art form? How does the practice of art inform our hope?

In this online class, artist Bob Schmitt will lead three reflective conversations around these questions, inviting us more deeply into a practice of hope. The starting point will be his massive 15′ x 2′ painting of dawn at Mather Point, Grand Canyon.  Since March 25, Bob has considered hope from many angles as he developed the piece during the COVID-19 pandemic. Come explore hope in reflected light, hope looking into the abyss, and hope in rebrilliance, while you nurture your practice.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Oct
5
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

In this online course, theologian Elizabeth Johnson rethinks and reimagines the mystery of God in our unfinished world and fraught times.  Her book Creation and the Cross engages us seekers in critical and creative dialogue with Anselm’s feudal metaphor that makes Jesus’ death necessary to restore his Father’s honor.  No metaphor is adequate to express the mystery of God.  In our culture today, satisfaction theory turns God into an abusive father and makes Jesus a victim.

Instead, Johnson places Jesus’ death and resurrection in today’s evolutionary and cosmic context, connecting human suffering and the suffering of all creation.  What we are experiencing in our daily lives as protecting ourselves from COVID-19 has disconnected us from each other, cleared our skies, and raised havoc with livelihoods among our poorest neighbors.

What we are experiencing as protest liturgies in our streets and around the world is seeking justice for all the oppressed who know the knee on the neck that killed George Floyd. Protest litanies insist we say his name and those killed before him.  Black Lives Matter.  As people sweep up the broken glass of neighbors’ lives and livelihoods, what are we learning?  What are we learning about the brokenness and suffering embedded within the lands, waters, our interdependencies and the shared life of beings in our planetary ecologies?  How do we live resurrection and the mystery of holy surprise?

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, access to a private course webpage, and a live Zoom conversation with Professor Johnson on November 9.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, (via Zoom Session on November 9).

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Oct
7
Wed
The Enneagram and Tao Te Ching: 9 Ways to Move from Fixation to Flow @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 7 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
The Enneagram and Tao Te Ching: 9 Ways to Move from Fixation to Flow @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Living with flow is the aim of both the Enneagram and the Tao Te Ching. Both of these wisdom traditions are designed to free us from fixated and conditioned personalities that keep us caught in limiting patterns and perspectives.

This course is a contemplative journey into 9 themes that converge when the 9 Enneagram types are aligned with ancient wisdom from the Tao Te Ching. Each theme is a spiritual pathway that illuminates ancient wisdom and speaks to our contemporary life-challenges. And, each theme invites us into the dynamic Enneagram that releases us from our constricted dominant type.

After an overview of the Enneagram, the Tao, and their inter-relatedness, the course will follow a contemplative process for each of the 9 themes that includes a presentation, silence for personal journaling, and then group reflections. We end the course by examining the spirituality that follows the flow of the inner lines and takes us into a wholeness that weaves together all 9 types.

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

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This series is facilitated by Scott McRae.

Oct
9
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey
Oct 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey

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. Although we cannot gather together in person to labyrinth walk this Fall, we can support one another in our labyrinth practice as well as walk intentionally as a community for harmony.

Between the hours of 9:30 – 11:30 am (Central Time) on second Fridays through December, we invite you to engage in your own labyrinth practice individually or with a small group at your own location of choice, with awareness that others will be simultaneously participating alongside you from afar. You might walk an outdoor labyrinth, trace a finger labyrinth, or visit an indoor labyrinth to which you have access.

In addition to joining this community experience, you will receive access to a password protected webpage that includes a reflection, opportunity for engaged action, and further learning resources. You are welcome to use the resources throughout the month as part of your contemplative practice.

To receive the email that contains the webpage and password, please RSVP. The emails will be sent on Thursday evenings prior to each listed Friday morning program date.

 

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Monthly online drop-in sessions facilitated 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.  To support individual writers and writing groups in the ever-deepening practice of writing spiritual memoir, time is included for participant questions.

Each online session will be facilitated by Elizabeth via Zoom.  Elizabeth will reflect on the day’s theme and provide readings, writing prompts and handouts with craft advice. The sessions will allow time for small group breakout discussion as well as large group discussion and questions.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Oct
12
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

In this online course, theologian Elizabeth Johnson rethinks and reimagines the mystery of God in our unfinished world and fraught times.  Her book Creation and the Cross engages us seekers in critical and creative dialogue with Anselm’s feudal metaphor that makes Jesus’ death necessary to restore his Father’s honor.  No metaphor is adequate to express the mystery of God.  In our culture today, satisfaction theory turns God into an abusive father and makes Jesus a victim.

Instead, Johnson places Jesus’ death and resurrection in today’s evolutionary and cosmic context, connecting human suffering and the suffering of all creation.  What we are experiencing in our daily lives as protecting ourselves from COVID-19 has disconnected us from each other, cleared our skies, and raised havoc with livelihoods among our poorest neighbors.

What we are experiencing as protest liturgies in our streets and around the world is seeking justice for all the oppressed who know the knee on the neck that killed George Floyd. Protest litanies insist we say his name and those killed before him.  Black Lives Matter.  As people sweep up the broken glass of neighbors’ lives and livelihoods, what are we learning?  What are we learning about the brokenness and suffering embedded within the lands, waters, our interdependencies and the shared life of beings in our planetary ecologies?  How do we live resurrection and the mystery of holy surprise?

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, access to a private course webpage, and a live Zoom conversation with Professor Johnson on November 9.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, (via Zoom Session on November 9).

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Oct
13
Tue
Moving the Race Conversation Forward with the Enneagram @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Moving the Race Conversation Forward with the Enneagram @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Start or continue to work toward antiracism by identifying internalized narratives, inviting body awareness, and engaging presence practices in this three-part online workshop. Together, we will explore racism not as a personal choice but as a collective, often subconscious reality that affects literally every person who grew up in Western cultures. Like our Enneagram types, racism tells a story of who we are that is incomplete.

Through presentations, small group conversations, exercises, breakout caucus groups for white people and people of color, and video excerpts of interviews with people of color who have worked with the Enneagram, we’ll discover how Enneagram type can inform reactions to and participation in race conversations.

The facilitators believe that this work, for both people of color and white people, is not only possible but essential for personal and communal healing. By doing deep inward work for the sake of social transformation, we discover how to shed false narratives and unearth truth. For participants of color, this workshop will give language and tools for engaging internalized oppression and healing wounds. For white participants, this workshop will increase awareness of unintentional reinforcement of oppression and options for choosing a new way.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This series is facilitated by Rev. Tyler Sit and Debbi Horton.

Oct
14
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 14 @ 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Wisdom Ways Men’s Centering Prayer circles have been creating a hope-filled space for men to gather in person over the past six years.  During these times it’s more important than ever for us to continue supporting our practice, only now we’ll shift our meetings to an online format via Zoom.  With the constant ways modern communication is drawing our attention, we all need specific times for silence and quiet to support rich inner lives.  Centering Prayer is the “prayer beyond words,” a practice of self-surrender that supports extending interior silence into daily life.

Please join us as we gather to experience Centering Prayer, have a short sharing and offer support among men from a variety of experience levels.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

The Men’s Centering Prayer Circle is facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering.

The Enneagram and Tao Te Ching: 9 Ways to Move from Fixation to Flow @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 14 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
The Enneagram and Tao Te Ching: 9 Ways to Move from Fixation to Flow @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Living with flow is the aim of both the Enneagram and the Tao Te Ching. Both of these wisdom traditions are designed to free us from fixated and conditioned personalities that keep us caught in limiting patterns and perspectives.

This course is a contemplative journey into 9 themes that converge when the 9 Enneagram types are aligned with ancient wisdom from the Tao Te Ching. Each theme is a spiritual pathway that illuminates ancient wisdom and speaks to our contemporary life-challenges. And, each theme invites us into the dynamic Enneagram that releases us from our constricted dominant type.

After an overview of the Enneagram, the Tao, and their inter-relatedness, the course will follow a contemplative process for each of the 9 themes that includes a presentation, silence for personal journaling, and then group reflections. We end the course by examining the spirituality that follows the flow of the inner lines and takes us into a wholeness that weaves together all 9 types.

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

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This series is facilitated by Scott McRae.

Oct
15
Thu
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

This class has reached capacity. To be added to a wait list, please contact the Wisdom Ways Office at 651-696-2788. 

We live in a moment of tremendous hope and opportunity — a moment that’s ripe for us to address the social, environmental and economic issues far too long ignored, and to do so with courage, compassion and, especially important, commitment.

Come encounter and embrace a framework and a process to help us meet this moment successfully and with the recognition that we cannot do this alone. Focusing on the question Who do we need to be to have the transformative conversations we need to have?, this interactive workshop offers a powerful set of research-based principles and strategies that will equip you to engage creatively in meaningful and productive dialogue with anyone — an essential skill if we’re to heal, resolve, and move forward together as one.

Through presentations, small- and large-group discussion, and exercises, you will more deeply understand:

  • The psychological and neurological dynamics that turn conversations into conflicts.
  • How a focus on relationship can unlock new possibilities for radical transformation.
  • How your personal story can be both a barrier and a bridge to understanding and resolution.
  • How to look beyond your personal story to access more easily and deeply your innate capacity for connection, creativity and collaboration.
  • How to apply these tools and strategies to a difficult conversation in your own life.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This course is facilitated by Kern Beare.

Oct
19
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

In this online course, theologian Elizabeth Johnson rethinks and reimagines the mystery of God in our unfinished world and fraught times.  Her book Creation and the Cross engages us seekers in critical and creative dialogue with Anselm’s feudal metaphor that makes Jesus’ death necessary to restore his Father’s honor.  No metaphor is adequate to express the mystery of God.  In our culture today, satisfaction theory turns God into an abusive father and makes Jesus a victim.

Instead, Johnson places Jesus’ death and resurrection in today’s evolutionary and cosmic context, connecting human suffering and the suffering of all creation.  What we are experiencing in our daily lives as protecting ourselves from COVID-19 has disconnected us from each other, cleared our skies, and raised havoc with livelihoods among our poorest neighbors.

What we are experiencing as protest liturgies in our streets and around the world is seeking justice for all the oppressed who know the knee on the neck that killed George Floyd. Protest litanies insist we say his name and those killed before him.  Black Lives Matter.  As people sweep up the broken glass of neighbors’ lives and livelihoods, what are we learning?  What are we learning about the brokenness and suffering embedded within the lands, waters, our interdependencies and the shared life of beings in our planetary ecologies?  How do we live resurrection and the mystery of holy surprise?

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, access to a private course webpage, and a live Zoom conversation with Professor Johnson on November 9.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, (via Zoom Session on November 9).

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Oct
21
Wed
The Enneagram and Tao Te Ching: 9 Ways to Move from Fixation to Flow @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 21 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
The Enneagram and Tao Te Ching: 9 Ways to Move from Fixation to Flow @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Living with flow is the aim of both the Enneagram and the Tao Te Ching. Both of these wisdom traditions are designed to free us from fixated and conditioned personalities that keep us caught in limiting patterns and perspectives.

This course is a contemplative journey into 9 themes that converge when the 9 Enneagram types are aligned with ancient wisdom from the Tao Te Ching. Each theme is a spiritual pathway that illuminates ancient wisdom and speaks to our contemporary life-challenges. And, each theme invites us into the dynamic Enneagram that releases us from our constricted dominant type.

After an overview of the Enneagram, the Tao, and their inter-relatedness, the course will follow a contemplative process for each of the 9 themes that includes a presentation, silence for personal journaling, and then group reflections. We end the course by examining the spirituality that follows the flow of the inner lines and takes us into a wholeness that weaves together all 9 types.

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

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This series is facilitated by Scott McRae.

Oct
22
Thu
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

This class has reached capacity. To be added to a wait list, please contact the Wisdom Ways Office at 651-696-2788. 

We live in a moment of tremendous hope and opportunity — a moment that’s ripe for us to address the social, environmental and economic issues far too long ignored, and to do so with courage, compassion and, especially important, commitment.

Come encounter and embrace a framework and a process to help us meet this moment successfully and with the recognition that we cannot do this alone. Focusing on the question Who do we need to be to have the transformative conversations we need to have?, this interactive workshop offers a powerful set of research-based principles and strategies that will equip you to engage creatively in meaningful and productive dialogue with anyone — an essential skill if we’re to heal, resolve, and move forward together as one.

Through presentations, small- and large-group discussion, and exercises, you will more deeply understand:

  • The psychological and neurological dynamics that turn conversations into conflicts.
  • How a focus on relationship can unlock new possibilities for radical transformation.
  • How your personal story can be both a barrier and a bridge to understanding and resolution.
  • How to look beyond your personal story to access more easily and deeply your innate capacity for connection, creativity and collaboration.
  • How to apply these tools and strategies to a difficult conversation in your own life.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This course is facilitated by Kern Beare.

Oct
26
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

In this online course, theologian Elizabeth Johnson rethinks and reimagines the mystery of God in our unfinished world and fraught times.  Her book Creation and the Cross engages us seekers in critical and creative dialogue with Anselm’s feudal metaphor that makes Jesus’ death necessary to restore his Father’s honor.  No metaphor is adequate to express the mystery of God.  In our culture today, satisfaction theory turns God into an abusive father and makes Jesus a victim.

Instead, Johnson places Jesus’ death and resurrection in today’s evolutionary and cosmic context, connecting human suffering and the suffering of all creation.  What we are experiencing in our daily lives as protecting ourselves from COVID-19 has disconnected us from each other, cleared our skies, and raised havoc with livelihoods among our poorest neighbors.

What we are experiencing as protest liturgies in our streets and around the world is seeking justice for all the oppressed who know the knee on the neck that killed George Floyd. Protest litanies insist we say his name and those killed before him.  Black Lives Matter.  As people sweep up the broken glass of neighbors’ lives and livelihoods, what are we learning?  What are we learning about the brokenness and suffering embedded within the lands, waters, our interdependencies and the shared life of beings in our planetary ecologies?  How do we live resurrection and the mystery of holy surprise?

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, access to a private course webpage, and a live Zoom conversation with Professor Johnson on November 9.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, (via Zoom Session on November 9).

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Oct
27
Tue
Moving the Race Conversation Forward with the Enneagram @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Moving the Race Conversation Forward with the Enneagram @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Start or continue to work toward antiracism by identifying internalized narratives, inviting body awareness, and engaging presence practices in this three-part online workshop. Together, we will explore racism not as a personal choice but as a collective, often subconscious reality that affects literally every person who grew up in Western cultures. Like our Enneagram types, racism tells a story of who we are that is incomplete.

Through presentations, small group conversations, exercises, breakout caucus groups for white people and people of color, and video excerpts of interviews with people of color who have worked with the Enneagram, we’ll discover how Enneagram type can inform reactions to and participation in race conversations.

The facilitators believe that this work, for both people of color and white people, is not only possible but essential for personal and communal healing. By doing deep inward work for the sake of social transformation, we discover how to shed false narratives and unearth truth. For participants of color, this workshop will give language and tools for engaging internalized oppression and healing wounds. For white participants, this workshop will increase awareness of unintentional reinforcement of oppression and options for choosing a new way.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This series is facilitated by Rev. Tyler Sit and Debbi Horton.

Oct
28
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 28 @ 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Wisdom Ways Men’s Centering Prayer circles have been creating a hope-filled space for men to gather in person over the past six years.  During these times it’s more important than ever for us to continue supporting our practice, only now we’ll shift our meetings to an online format via Zoom.  With the constant ways modern communication is drawing our attention, we all need specific times for silence and quiet to support rich inner lives.  Centering Prayer is the “prayer beyond words,” a practice of self-surrender that supports extending interior silence into daily life.

Please join us as we gather to experience Centering Prayer, have a short sharing and offer support among men from a variety of experience levels.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

The Men’s Centering Prayer Circle is facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering.

Oct
29
Thu
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Oct 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

This class has reached capacity. To be added to a wait list, please contact the Wisdom Ways Office at 651-696-2788. 

We live in a moment of tremendous hope and opportunity — a moment that’s ripe for us to address the social, environmental and economic issues far too long ignored, and to do so with courage, compassion and, especially important, commitment.

Come encounter and embrace a framework and a process to help us meet this moment successfully and with the recognition that we cannot do this alone. Focusing on the question Who do we need to be to have the transformative conversations we need to have?, this interactive workshop offers a powerful set of research-based principles and strategies that will equip you to engage creatively in meaningful and productive dialogue with anyone — an essential skill if we’re to heal, resolve, and move forward together as one.

Through presentations, small- and large-group discussion, and exercises, you will more deeply understand:

  • The psychological and neurological dynamics that turn conversations into conflicts.
  • How a focus on relationship can unlock new possibilities for radical transformation.
  • How your personal story can be both a barrier and a bridge to understanding and resolution.
  • How to look beyond your personal story to access more easily and deeply your innate capacity for connection, creativity and collaboration.
  • How to apply these tools and strategies to a difficult conversation in your own life.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This course is facilitated by Kern Beare.

Nov
2
Mon
Introduction to the Enneagram: 9 Way to Move from Trance to Dance
Nov 2 – Nov 20 all-day
Introduction to the Enneagram: 9 Way to Move from Trance to Dance

We often get lulled into thinking that things will get easier if only our outer circumstances change. The Enneagram is a map for shifting our inner lives so that we flourish more in our outer lives. It is a system for self-development that uses a nine-pointed figure to portray nine basic personality styles. Each type views life through a different lens. Each type falls into a trance that is unique to it, relying on patterns that become a kind of sleepwalking. And, each type has a unique pathway to freedom.

Weaving together ancient wisdom, contemporary psychology, and contemplative spirituality, the Enneagram is a tool that transforms lives.

COURSE FORMAT

During this self-paced, two-week online independent study, you will take a deep dive into what is quickly becoming one of the most referenced human development tools throughout the world. The course is self-paced and easy to use. Participants can view Scott’s video lectures, interact with reflection questions, engage with other participants in a private Facebook group (optional), and access additional supplemental materials to guide them in their learning journey. Scott will also host two Zoom calls (optional, but recommended) over the duration of the course. These calls will give those who wish to attend the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the instructor and other participants.

The course is divided into three parts:

Part One: The Human Challenge: Awakening to the Trance
The course opens with a look at the history of the Enneagram and the human struggle to move from our small, entranced selves to our vital, essential selves. It explores how our shifting levels of awareness significantly impact our experience of the world. It frames the journey of the Enneagram as a “downward ascent” and then walks through the model of the Enneagram and various factors that impact our dominant type.

Part Two: Exploring the Nine Types: Nine Pathways to Freedom
Each of the nine types falls into one of three intelligence centers (heart, head, and body), and we start by exploring these three centers of perception. Then each of the types are explored by looking at the key dynamics that contract our perceptions (the downward journey) and the pathways that lead to freedom and the unique gifts of each type (the ascent).

Part Three: The Blossoming of the Enneagram: Joining the Liberating Dance
The Enneagram is like an onion with many layers, and this third part explores some of the additional features that deepen our understanding of our type and the model. We also examine how the model contains a mapping system for how we can move from trance to dance. The course closes by inviting us into an exercise that helps us learn how our shadow aspects function in our type and lives and, finally, how the Enneagram invites us to evolve into our unique genius.

Registered participants will be able to access the course from November 2 – 20. Please visit the program page for more information about online course details and expectations.

Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

In this online course, theologian Elizabeth Johnson rethinks and reimagines the mystery of God in our unfinished world and fraught times.  Her book Creation and the Cross engages us seekers in critical and creative dialogue with Anselm’s feudal metaphor that makes Jesus’ death necessary to restore his Father’s honor.  No metaphor is adequate to express the mystery of God.  In our culture today, satisfaction theory turns God into an abusive father and makes Jesus a victim.

Instead, Johnson places Jesus’ death and resurrection in today’s evolutionary and cosmic context, connecting human suffering and the suffering of all creation.  What we are experiencing in our daily lives as protecting ourselves from COVID-19 has disconnected us from each other, cleared our skies, and raised havoc with livelihoods among our poorest neighbors.

What we are experiencing as protest liturgies in our streets and around the world is seeking justice for all the oppressed who know the knee on the neck that killed George Floyd. Protest litanies insist we say his name and those killed before him.  Black Lives Matter.  As people sweep up the broken glass of neighbors’ lives and livelihoods, what are we learning?  What are we learning about the brokenness and suffering embedded within the lands, waters, our interdependencies and the shared life of beings in our planetary ecologies?  How do we live resurrection and the mystery of holy surprise?

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, access to a private course webpage, and a live Zoom conversation with Professor Johnson on November 9.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, (via Zoom Session on November 9).

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Nov
5
Thu
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.

This class has reached capacity. To be added to a wait list, please contact the Wisdom Ways Office at 651-696-2788. 

We live in a moment of tremendous hope and opportunity — a moment that’s ripe for us to address the social, environmental and economic issues far too long ignored, and to do so with courage, compassion and, especially important, commitment.

Come encounter and embrace a framework and a process to help us meet this moment successfully and with the recognition that we cannot do this alone. Focusing on the question Who do we need to be to have the transformative conversations we need to have?, this interactive workshop offers a powerful set of research-based principles and strategies that will equip you to engage creatively in meaningful and productive dialogue with anyone — an essential skill if we’re to heal, resolve, and move forward together as one.

Through presentations, small- and large-group discussion, and exercises, you will more deeply understand:

  • The psychological and neurological dynamics that turn conversations into conflicts.
  • How a focus on relationship can unlock new possibilities for radical transformation.
  • How your personal story can be both a barrier and a bridge to understanding and resolution.
  • How to look beyond your personal story to access more easily and deeply your innate capacity for connection, creativity and collaboration.
  • How to apply these tools and strategies to a difficult conversation in your own life.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This course is facilitated by Kern Beare.

Nov
9
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

In this online course, theologian Elizabeth Johnson rethinks and reimagines the mystery of God in our unfinished world and fraught times.  Her book Creation and the Cross engages us seekers in critical and creative dialogue with Anselm’s feudal metaphor that makes Jesus’ death necessary to restore his Father’s honor.  No metaphor is adequate to express the mystery of God.  In our culture today, satisfaction theory turns God into an abusive father and makes Jesus a victim.

Instead, Johnson places Jesus’ death and resurrection in today’s evolutionary and cosmic context, connecting human suffering and the suffering of all creation.  What we are experiencing in our daily lives as protecting ourselves from COVID-19 has disconnected us from each other, cleared our skies, and raised havoc with livelihoods among our poorest neighbors.

What we are experiencing as protest liturgies in our streets and around the world is seeking justice for all the oppressed who know the knee on the neck that killed George Floyd. Protest litanies insist we say his name and those killed before him.  Black Lives Matter.  As people sweep up the broken glass of neighbors’ lives and livelihoods, what are we learning?  What are we learning about the brokenness and suffering embedded within the lands, waters, our interdependencies and the shared life of beings in our planetary ecologies?  How do we live resurrection and the mystery of holy surprise?

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, access to a private course webpage, and a live Zoom conversation with Professor Johnson on November 9.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, (via Zoom Session on November 9).

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Nov
10
Tue
Moving the Race Conversation Forward with the Enneagram @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Moving the Race Conversation Forward with the Enneagram @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Start or continue to work toward antiracism by identifying internalized narratives, inviting body awareness, and engaging presence practices in this three-part online workshop. Together, we will explore racism not as a personal choice but as a collective, often subconscious reality that affects literally every person who grew up in Western cultures. Like our Enneagram types, racism tells a story of who we are that is incomplete.

Through presentations, small group conversations, exercises, breakout caucus groups for white people and people of color, and video excerpts of interviews with people of color who have worked with the Enneagram, we’ll discover how Enneagram type can inform reactions to and participation in race conversations.

The facilitators believe that this work, for both people of color and white people, is not only possible but essential for personal and communal healing. By doing deep inward work for the sake of social transformation, we discover how to shed false narratives and unearth truth. For participants of color, this workshop will give language and tools for engaging internalized oppression and healing wounds. For white participants, this workshop will increase awareness of unintentional reinforcement of oppression and options for choosing a new way.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This series is facilitated by Rev. Tyler Sit and Debbi Horton.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

In this time of the pandemic, we invite you to gather via Zoom for Tuesday evening Christian Meditation.  Wisdom Ways will be offering four initial sessions, beginning November 10, to provide an experience of practicing meditation in this new modality.

Meditation together is a way of supporting our personal practice. Each session will include an opening prayer, a reading, and a 25-minute silent sitting meditation. Those who have an existing meditation practice are welcome as well as those new to Christian Meditation (instructions available at each session).

Facilitated by Deborah Chernick and Susan Oeffling, CSJ. To get the Zoom information for each of these sessions, please visit the program page.

Nov
11
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 11 @ 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Wisdom Ways Men’s Centering Prayer circles have been creating a hope-filled space for men to gather in person over the past six years.  During these times it’s more important than ever for us to continue supporting our practice, only now we’ll shift our meetings to an online format via Zoom.  With the constant ways modern communication is drawing our attention, we all need specific times for silence and quiet to support rich inner lives.  Centering Prayer is the “prayer beyond words,” a practice of self-surrender that supports extending interior silence into daily life.

Please join us as we gather to experience Centering Prayer, have a short sharing and offer support among men from a variety of experience levels.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

The Men’s Centering Prayer Circle is facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering.

Build Me a Boat: A Virtual Poetry Reading by Michael Dennis Browne @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Build Me a Boat: A Virtual Poetry Reading by Michael Dennis Browne @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Savor an evening of beauty and reflection, anchoring us in the hope that both poetry and music offer to us. Join poet Michael Dennis Browne as he interweaves music clips and words in a virtual reading from his new book Build Me a Boat, which gathers words that Browne has written for music over the past fifty years. Some are poems written with music in mind; others are lyrics, song cycles, songs for children, and libretti written as he collaborated with a number of different composers. The result is a volume that sits comfortably between poetry and music, lyrical and rhythmic and memorable.

This virtual reading will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Nov
12
Thu
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.

This class has reached capacity. To be added to a wait list, please contact the Wisdom Ways Office at 651-696-2788. 

We live in a moment of tremendous hope and opportunity — a moment that’s ripe for us to address the social, environmental and economic issues far too long ignored, and to do so with courage, compassion and, especially important, commitment.

Come encounter and embrace a framework and a process to help us meet this moment successfully and with the recognition that we cannot do this alone. Focusing on the question Who do we need to be to have the transformative conversations we need to have?, this interactive workshop offers a powerful set of research-based principles and strategies that will equip you to engage creatively in meaningful and productive dialogue with anyone — an essential skill if we’re to heal, resolve, and move forward together as one.

Through presentations, small- and large-group discussion, and exercises, you will more deeply understand:

  • The psychological and neurological dynamics that turn conversations into conflicts.
  • How a focus on relationship can unlock new possibilities for radical transformation.
  • How your personal story can be both a barrier and a bridge to understanding and resolution.
  • How to look beyond your personal story to access more easily and deeply your innate capacity for connection, creativity and collaboration.
  • How to apply these tools and strategies to a difficult conversation in your own life.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This course is facilitated by Kern Beare.

Nov
13
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey
Nov 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey

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. Although we cannot gather together in person to labyrinth walk this Fall, we can support one another in our labyrinth practice as well as walk intentionally as a community for harmony.

Between the hours of 9:30 – 11:30 am (Central Time) on second Fridays through December, we invite you to engage in your own labyrinth practice individually or with a small group at your own location of choice, with awareness that others will be simultaneously participating alongside you from afar. You might walk an outdoor labyrinth, trace a finger labyrinth, or visit an indoor labyrinth to which you have access.

In addition to joining this community experience, you will receive access to a password protected webpage that includes a reflection, opportunity for engaged action, and further learning resources. You are welcome to use the resources throughout the month as part of your contemplative practice.

To receive the email that contains the webpage and password, please RSVP. The emails will be sent on Thursday evenings prior to each listed Friday morning program date.

 

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 13 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Monthly online drop-in sessions facilitated 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.  To support individual writers and writing groups in the ever-deepening practice of writing spiritual memoir, time is included for participant questions.

Each online session will be facilitated by Elizabeth via Zoom.  Elizabeth will reflect on the day’s theme and provide readings, writing prompts and handouts with craft advice. The sessions will allow time for small group breakout discussion as well as large group discussion and questions.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Nov
16
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

In this online course, theologian Elizabeth Johnson rethinks and reimagines the mystery of God in our unfinished world and fraught times.  Her book Creation and the Cross engages us seekers in critical and creative dialogue with Anselm’s feudal metaphor that makes Jesus’ death necessary to restore his Father’s honor.  No metaphor is adequate to express the mystery of God.  In our culture today, satisfaction theory turns God into an abusive father and makes Jesus a victim.

Instead, Johnson places Jesus’ death and resurrection in today’s evolutionary and cosmic context, connecting human suffering and the suffering of all creation.  What we are experiencing in our daily lives as protecting ourselves from COVID-19 has disconnected us from each other, cleared our skies, and raised havoc with livelihoods among our poorest neighbors.

What we are experiencing as protest liturgies in our streets and around the world is seeking justice for all the oppressed who know the knee on the neck that killed George Floyd. Protest litanies insist we say his name and those killed before him.  Black Lives Matter.  As people sweep up the broken glass of neighbors’ lives and livelihoods, what are we learning?  What are we learning about the brokenness and suffering embedded within the lands, waters, our interdependencies and the shared life of beings in our planetary ecologies?  How do we live resurrection and the mystery of holy surprise?

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, access to a private course webpage, and a live Zoom conversation with Professor Johnson on November 9.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, (via Zoom Session on November 9).

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Nov
17
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

In this time of the pandemic, we invite you to gather via Zoom for Tuesday evening Christian Meditation.  Wisdom Ways will be offering four initial sessions, beginning November 10, to provide an experience of practicing meditation in this new modality.

Meditation together is a way of supporting our personal practice. Each session will include an opening prayer, a reading, and a 25-minute silent sitting meditation. Those who have an existing meditation practice are welcome as well as those new to Christian Meditation (instructions available at each session).

Facilitated by Deborah Chernick and Susan Oeffling, CSJ. To get the Zoom information for each of these sessions, please visit the program page.

Nov
18
Wed
Writing as Contemplation: An Evening Conversation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing as Contemplation: An Evening Conversation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

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

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

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Nov
19
Thu
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.

This class has reached capacity. To be added to a wait list, please contact the Wisdom Ways Office at 651-696-2788. 

We live in a moment of tremendous hope and opportunity — a moment that’s ripe for us to address the social, environmental and economic issues far too long ignored, and to do so with courage, compassion and, especially important, commitment.

Come encounter and embrace a framework and a process to help us meet this moment successfully and with the recognition that we cannot do this alone. Focusing on the question Who do we need to be to have the transformative conversations we need to have?, this interactive workshop offers a powerful set of research-based principles and strategies that will equip you to engage creatively in meaningful and productive dialogue with anyone — an essential skill if we’re to heal, resolve, and move forward together as one.

Through presentations, small- and large-group discussion, and exercises, you will more deeply understand:

  • The psychological and neurological dynamics that turn conversations into conflicts.
  • How a focus on relationship can unlock new possibilities for radical transformation.
  • How your personal story can be both a barrier and a bridge to understanding and resolution.
  • How to look beyond your personal story to access more easily and deeply your innate capacity for connection, creativity and collaboration.
  • How to apply these tools and strategies to a difficult conversation in your own life.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

This course is facilitated by Kern Beare.

Nov
23
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

In this online course, theologian Elizabeth Johnson rethinks and reimagines the mystery of God in our unfinished world and fraught times.  Her book Creation and the Cross engages us seekers in critical and creative dialogue with Anselm’s feudal metaphor that makes Jesus’ death necessary to restore his Father’s honor.  No metaphor is adequate to express the mystery of God.  In our culture today, satisfaction theory turns God into an abusive father and makes Jesus a victim.

Instead, Johnson places Jesus’ death and resurrection in today’s evolutionary and cosmic context, connecting human suffering and the suffering of all creation.  What we are experiencing in our daily lives as protecting ourselves from COVID-19 has disconnected us from each other, cleared our skies, and raised havoc with livelihoods among our poorest neighbors.

What we are experiencing as protest liturgies in our streets and around the world is seeking justice for all the oppressed who know the knee on the neck that killed George Floyd. Protest litanies insist we say his name and those killed before him.  Black Lives Matter.  As people sweep up the broken glass of neighbors’ lives and livelihoods, what are we learning?  What are we learning about the brokenness and suffering embedded within the lands, waters, our interdependencies and the shared life of beings in our planetary ecologies?  How do we live resurrection and the mystery of holy surprise?

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, access to a private course webpage, and a live Zoom conversation with Professor Johnson on November 9.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, (via Zoom Session on November 9).

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Nov
24
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 24 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

In this time of the pandemic, we invite you to gather via Zoom for Tuesday evening Christian Meditation.  Wisdom Ways will be offering four initial sessions, beginning November 10, to provide an experience of practicing meditation in this new modality.

Meditation together is a way of supporting our personal practice. Each session will include an opening prayer, a reading, and a 25-minute silent sitting meditation. Those who have an existing meditation practice are welcome as well as those new to Christian Meditation (instructions available at each session).

Facilitated by Deborah Chernick and Susan Oeffling, CSJ. To get the Zoom information for each of these sessions, please visit the program page.

Nov
25
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 25 @ 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Wisdom Ways Men’s Centering Prayer circles have been creating a hope-filled space for men to gather in person over the past six years.  During these times it’s more important than ever for us to continue supporting our practice, only now we’ll shift our meetings to an online format via Zoom.  With the constant ways modern communication is drawing our attention, we all need specific times for silence and quiet to support rich inner lives.  Centering Prayer is the “prayer beyond words,” a practice of self-surrender that supports extending interior silence into daily life.

Please join us as we gather to experience Centering Prayer, have a short sharing and offer support among men from a variety of experience levels.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

The Men’s Centering Prayer Circle is facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering.

Nov
30
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

In this online course, theologian Elizabeth Johnson rethinks and reimagines the mystery of God in our unfinished world and fraught times.  Her book Creation and the Cross engages us seekers in critical and creative dialogue with Anselm’s feudal metaphor that makes Jesus’ death necessary to restore his Father’s honor.  No metaphor is adequate to express the mystery of God.  In our culture today, satisfaction theory turns God into an abusive father and makes Jesus a victim.

Instead, Johnson places Jesus’ death and resurrection in today’s evolutionary and cosmic context, connecting human suffering and the suffering of all creation.  What we are experiencing in our daily lives as protecting ourselves from COVID-19 has disconnected us from each other, cleared our skies, and raised havoc with livelihoods among our poorest neighbors.

What we are experiencing as protest liturgies in our streets and around the world is seeking justice for all the oppressed who know the knee on the neck that killed George Floyd. Protest litanies insist we say his name and those killed before him.  Black Lives Matter.  As people sweep up the broken glass of neighbors’ lives and livelihoods, what are we learning?  What are we learning about the brokenness and suffering embedded within the lands, waters, our interdependencies and the shared life of beings in our planetary ecologies?  How do we live resurrection and the mystery of holy surprise?

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, access to a private course webpage, and a live Zoom conversation with Professor Johnson on November 9.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, (via Zoom Session on November 9).

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Dec
1
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

In this time of the pandemic, we invite you to gather via Zoom for Tuesday evening Christian Meditation.  Wisdom Ways will be offering four initial sessions, beginning November 10, to provide an experience of practicing meditation in this new modality.

Meditation together is a way of supporting our personal practice. Each session will include an opening prayer, a reading, and a 25-minute silent sitting meditation. Those who have an existing meditation practice are welcome as well as those new to Christian Meditation (instructions available at each session).

Facilitated by Deborah Chernick and Susan Oeffling, CSJ. To get the Zoom information for each of these sessions, please visit the program page.

Dec
7
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Creation and the Cross: Living in the Mystery of G*d @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

In this online course, theologian Elizabeth Johnson rethinks and reimagines the mystery of God in our unfinished world and fraught times.  Her book Creation and the Cross engages us seekers in critical and creative dialogue with Anselm’s feudal metaphor that makes Jesus’ death necessary to restore his Father’s honor.  No metaphor is adequate to express the mystery of God.  In our culture today, satisfaction theory turns God into an abusive father and makes Jesus a victim.

Instead, Johnson places Jesus’ death and resurrection in today’s evolutionary and cosmic context, connecting human suffering and the suffering of all creation.  What we are experiencing in our daily lives as protecting ourselves from COVID-19 has disconnected us from each other, cleared our skies, and raised havoc with livelihoods among our poorest neighbors.

What we are experiencing as protest liturgies in our streets and around the world is seeking justice for all the oppressed who know the knee on the neck that killed George Floyd. Protest litanies insist we say his name and those killed before him.  Black Lives Matter.  As people sweep up the broken glass of neighbors’ lives and livelihoods, what are we learning?  What are we learning about the brokenness and suffering embedded within the lands, waters, our interdependencies and the shared life of beings in our planetary ecologies?  How do we live resurrection and the mystery of holy surprise?

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, access to a private course webpage, and a live Zoom conversation with Professor Johnson on November 9.

Instructors: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, PhD, (via Zoom Session on November 9).

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Dec
9
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Dec 9 @ 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Wisdom Ways Men’s Centering Prayer circles have been creating a hope-filled space for men to gather in person over the past six years.  During these times it’s more important than ever for us to continue supporting our practice, only now we’ll shift our meetings to an online format via Zoom.  With the constant ways modern communication is drawing our attention, we all need specific times for silence and quiet to support rich inner lives.  Centering Prayer is the “prayer beyond words,” a practice of self-surrender that supports extending interior silence into daily life.

Please join us as we gather to experience Centering Prayer, have a short sharing and offer support among men from a variety of experience levels.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

The Men’s Centering Prayer Circle is facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering.

Dec
11
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey
Dec 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey

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. Although we cannot gather together in person to labyrinth walk this Fall, we can support one another in our labyrinth practice as well as walk intentionally as a community for harmony.

Between the hours of 9:30 – 11:30 am (Central Time) on second Fridays through December, we invite you to engage in your own labyrinth practice individually or with a small group at your own location of choice, with awareness that others will be simultaneously participating alongside you from afar. You might walk an outdoor labyrinth, trace a finger labyrinth, or visit an indoor labyrinth to which you have access.

In addition to joining this community experience, you will receive access to a password protected webpage that includes a reflection, opportunity for engaged action, and further learning resources. You are welcome to use the resources throughout the month as part of your contemplative practice.

To receive the email that contains the webpage and password, please RSVP. The emails will be sent on Thursday evenings prior to each listed Friday morning program date.

 

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Dec 11 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Monthly online drop-in sessions facilitated 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.  To support individual writers and writing groups in the ever-deepening practice of writing spiritual memoir, time is included for participant questions.

Each online session will be facilitated by Elizabeth via Zoom.  Elizabeth will reflect on the day’s theme and provide readings, writing prompts and handouts with craft advice. The sessions will allow time for small group breakout discussion as well as large group discussion and questions.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

Dec
23
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Dec 23 @ 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Wisdom Ways Men’s Centering Prayer circles have been creating a hope-filled space for men to gather in person over the past six years.  During these times it’s more important than ever for us to continue supporting our practice, only now we’ll shift our meetings to an online format via Zoom.  With the constant ways modern communication is drawing our attention, we all need specific times for silence and quiet to support rich inner lives.  Centering Prayer is the “prayer beyond words,” a practice of self-surrender that supports extending interior silence into daily life.

Please join us as we gather to experience Centering Prayer, have a short sharing and offer support among men from a variety of experience levels.

This course will be held via Zoom. See program page for online course expectations and details.

The Men’s Centering Prayer Circle is facilitated by Terry Shaughnessy and Louie Doering.