Winter/Spring 2021

Calendar of Events:

Jan
5
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jan 5 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Jan
6
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jan 6 @ 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, even in an online format.  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.

Jan
8
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey
Jan 8 @ 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, 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 July, 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.
Jan 8 @ 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.

Jan
12
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Jan
14
Thu
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.

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.

Jan
19
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Jan
20
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jan 20 @ 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, even in an online format.  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.

Jan
21
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

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

Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.

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.

Jan
26
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Jan
27
Wed
More Than a Single Story: Healing the Pain of 2020 @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
More Than a Single Story: Healing the Pain of 2020 @ This event will be held via Zoom.

In this More Than a Single Story event, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color healers discuss the traumas of 2020 and the role that healing plays in communities of color – from the changing needs of clients due to COVID-19 to the murder of George Floyd.

Featuring: Ihotu Jennifer Ali, a founding member of the Minnesota Healing Justice Network; Janice Bad Moccasin, traditionally and spiritually based healer from Dakota/Lakota grassroots; Didi Koka, MD, poet and Medical Director of HCMC East Lake Clinic; Houa Lor, Hmong Shaman; Resmaa Menakem, author of My Grandmother’s Hands; and Sun Yung Shin, poet, biodynamic craniosacral therapist, and Reiki practitioner.

This event is funded by Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality and Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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

Jan
28
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jan 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

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

Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.

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.

Feb
1
Mon
Yoga for Men: Introductory Session @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Yoga for Men: Introductory Session @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Experience the benefits of yoga and tending to your body without needing to touch your toes. This class is designed for the less flexible among us. Explore a variety of accessible yoga postures and tune in to the sensations of your body and your breath. This practice will help you to release tension and become more present within your body. It is suggested that one has a chair, a strap, a blanket and a yoga block. We will start with an Introductory session, followed by four practice sessions. This is the event page for the Introductory Session.

Instructor: Chris Gordon

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

Feb
2
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Feb
3
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 3 @ 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, even in an online format.  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.

Feb
4
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

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

Feb
8
Mon
Yoga for Men: Practice Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Yoga for Men: Practice Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Experience the benefits of yoga and tending to your body without needing to touch your toes. This class is designed for the less flexible among us. Explore a variety of accessible yoga postures and tune in to the sensations of your body and your breath. This practice will help you to release tension and become more present within your body. It is suggested that one has a chair, a strap, a blanket and a yoga block. We will start with an Introductory session, followed by four practice sessions. This is the event page for the Practice Sessions.

Instructor: Chris Gordon

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

Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

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

Feb
9
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Feb
10
Wed
Steeping in the Wisdom of Mary Oliver’s Poetry @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Steeping in the Wisdom of Mary Oliver's Poetry @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.
– from Mary Oliver’s “The Uses of Sorrow”

Throughout the span of her poetry, Mary Oliver placed into dialogue observations of the natural world and realizations about the human, spiritual experience.  Come read and reflect on this dialogue through individual reflection and in small and large groups.  Plan to join us from your home with your journal, a cup of your favorite tea, and your favorite wisdom from Mary Oliver.

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

This course is facilitated by Karina Sieber and Jill Underdahl, CSJ.

Feb
11
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

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

Poetry’s Prophetic Tending @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Poetry's Prophetic Tending @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Poetry is a prophetic vessel through which the truth of any moment may be tended and brought to the surface where it can inform those changes that are calling us to action.  Come and savor four evenings with poets returning to Wisdom Ways.  Each will engage in conversation about the place and importance of poetry in our time, share poems of their own and others that have inspired and spoken to them this past year, and answer participant questions.  Their words will tend to our deepest longings and be a prophetic witness within our uncertain times.

February 11: Naomi Shihab Nye
Tuning In-That Poem is Trying to Find You

March 11: Sagirah Shahid
Contemplative Poetry and Resistance

April 8: Gwen Nell Westerman
Listening to the Land

May 13: Mark Nepo
The Wisdom of a Broken-Open Heart

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

Feb
12
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey
Feb 12 @ 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, 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 July, 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.
Feb 12 @ 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.

Feb
15
Mon
Yoga for Men: Practice Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Yoga for Men: Practice Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Experience the benefits of yoga and tending to your body without needing to touch your toes. This class is designed for the less flexible among us. Explore a variety of accessible yoga postures and tune in to the sensations of your body and your breath. This practice will help you to release tension and become more present within your body. It is suggested that one has a chair, a strap, a blanket and a yoga block. We will start with an Introductory session, followed by four practice sessions. This is the event page for the Practice Sessions.

Instructor: Chris Gordon

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

Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

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

Feb
16
Tue
Artist Reflection Series: chats at the gates @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Artist Reflection Series: chats at the gates @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Join brush painter Bob Schmitt for three meditative evening chats, each focused on three of his Nine Gates scrolls:

  • darkness
  • longing
  • abandonment
  • rage
  • emptiness
  • compassion
  • unbridled joy
  • oneness
  • delusion

Bob will share his process of creating these images, which are grounded in the particulars of his own journey. Come enter into the energy held by each scroll and share the words, sounds, images and movements stirred from within as we explore the thresholds of spiritual journeys.

the Nine Gates exhibit will be on display at the Carondelet Center from January 8 – March 31, 2021.

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

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Feb
17
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 17 @ 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, even in an online format.  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.

Feb
18
Thu
Tending to Our Souls: Art Practices @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tending to Our Souls: Art Practices @ This event will be held via Zoom.

As we move from winter towards spring this three-part workshop invites you to attend to your soul in community. You’ll engage in different art practices designed to draw you more deeply into reflection, transformation, and connection with other participants. The focus will be on process over product. The artistic process will be fueled by our curiosity, surprises and intuition.

Working remotely we will invite colors, shapes and different practices to reveal insights as we reflect on the things we have been tending during the winter and the things we want to focus on as we move into a season of new life and rebirth. Each week, as we build our practice and explore different media, we will return to the same questions: what we are tending and what is being birthed?

February 18: Collage as a Spiritual Practice, Cindi Beth Johnson
Working with a Lectionary Text we will create a meditative artistic response to a scripture designed to invite new understandings and insights. The process, while simple, invites us to go deeply into familiar texts in new and revealing ways.  The process is a dialogue between what you are looking for, what presents itself and what is created as the pieces come together.

February 25: Transformation, Lynda Lee
You are what your deepest desire is. As you desire, so is your intention. As your intention, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny. – The Upanishads

Using a wall photo calendar or glossy magazines you will select colors of chakra energy and focus on an intention of becoming. Individually and as a group we will invite the colors to guide our awareness of what we are most curious about, what (if we could do anything) we would do first and what we know to be true.

March 4: Circling our Intentions, Lori Greene
Supplies will be provided for the final session in which participants use glass to continue to explore questions about what we are tending. Glass tiles will become the conduit for spiritual and artistic observations. The completed glass circle will provide you with a reminder of the process and the ways in which you can continue to hold space for the revelations that come from these practices.

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

Feb
22
Mon
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop (Feb)
Feb 22 – Mar 12 all-day
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop (Feb)

 

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. Elizabeth will meet with the class via Zoom.

Registered participants will be able to access the course from February 22 – March 12. Please visit the program page for more details about online course details and expectations.

Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

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

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

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

These sessions are facilitated by Pat Jones.

Yoga for Men: Practice Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Yoga for Men: Practice Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Experience the benefits of yoga and tending to your body without needing to touch your toes. This class is designed for the less flexible among us. Explore a variety of accessible yoga postures and tune in to the sensations of your body and your breath. This practice will help you to release tension and become more present within your body. It is suggested that one has a chair, a strap, a blanket and a yoga block. We will start with an Introductory session, followed by four practice sessions. This is the event page for the Practice Sessions.

Instructor: Chris Gordon

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

Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

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

Feb
23
Tue
Artist Reflection Series: chats at the gates @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Artist Reflection Series: chats at the gates @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Join brush painter Bob Schmitt for three meditative evening chats, each focused on three of his Nine Gates scrolls:

  • darkness
  • longing
  • abandonment
  • rage
  • emptiness
  • compassion
  • unbridled joy
  • oneness
  • delusion

Bob will share his process of creating these images, which are grounded in the particulars of his own journey. Come enter into the energy held by each scroll and share the words, sounds, images and movements stirred from within as we explore the thresholds of spiritual journeys.

the Nine Gates exhibit will be on display at the Carondelet Center from January 8 – March 31, 2021.

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

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Feb
24
Wed
Steeping in the Wisdom of Mary Oliver’s Poetry @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Steeping in the Wisdom of Mary Oliver's Poetry @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.
– from Mary Oliver’s “The Uses of Sorrow”

Throughout the span of her poetry, Mary Oliver placed into dialogue observations of the natural world and realizations about the human, spiritual experience.  Come read and reflect on this dialogue through individual reflection and in small and large groups.  Plan to join us from your home with your journal, a cup of your favorite tea, and your favorite wisdom from Mary Oliver.

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

This course is facilitated by Karina Sieber and Jill Underdahl, CSJ.

Feb
25
Thu
Tending to Our Souls: Art Practices @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tending to Our Souls: Art Practices @ This event will be held via Zoom.

As we move from winter towards spring this three-part workshop invites you to attend to your soul in community. You’ll engage in different art practices designed to draw you more deeply into reflection, transformation, and connection with other participants. The focus will be on process over product. The artistic process will be fueled by our curiosity, surprises and intuition.

Working remotely we will invite colors, shapes and different practices to reveal insights as we reflect on the things we have been tending during the winter and the things we want to focus on as we move into a season of new life and rebirth. Each week, as we build our practice and explore different media, we will return to the same questions: what we are tending and what is being birthed?

February 18: Collage as a Spiritual Practice, Cindi Beth Johnson
Working with a Lectionary Text we will create a meditative artistic response to a scripture designed to invite new understandings and insights. The process, while simple, invites us to go deeply into familiar texts in new and revealing ways.  The process is a dialogue between what you are looking for, what presents itself and what is created as the pieces come together.

February 25: Transformation, Lynda Lee
You are what your deepest desire is. As you desire, so is your intention. As your intention, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny. – The Upanishads

Using a wall photo calendar or glossy magazines you will select colors of chakra energy and focus on an intention of becoming. Individually and as a group we will invite the colors to guide our awareness of what we are most curious about, what (if we could do anything) we would do first and what we know to be true.

March 4: Circling our Intentions, Lori Greene
Supplies will be provided for the final session in which participants use glass to continue to explore questions about what we are tending. Glass tiles will become the conduit for spiritual and artistic observations. The completed glass circle will provide you with a reminder of the process and the ways in which you can continue to hold space for the revelations that come from these practices.

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

Feb
26
Fri
Storytending: Cultivating Compassion for Self and Others @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Storytending: Cultivating Compassion for Self and Others @ This event will be held via Zoom. | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

While none of us can rewrite our life’s history, we can re-author the stories we tell about our lives. Re-creating the stories we tell about our lives has vast implications. Those who tell more redemptive stories tend to lead more generative lives. The more beauty, truth, and goodness we come to see in ourselves, the more beauty, truth, and goodness we tend to see in the world and its peoples.

This daylong retreat is designed for all those who yearn to discern where life-giving meaning can be found in our stories—both others’ and our own.  Our day together will be devoted to periods of prayerful introspection, personal writing, and deep storytending in small groups.

Facilitated by Diane M. Millis.

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

Feb
22
Mon
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop (Feb)
Feb 22 – Mar 12 all-day
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop (Feb)

 

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. Elizabeth will meet with the class via Zoom.

Registered participants will be able to access the course from February 22 – March 12. Please visit the program page for more details about online course details and expectations.

Mar
1
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

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

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

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

These sessions are facilitated by Pat Jones.

Yoga for Men: Practice Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Yoga for Men: Practice Sessions @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Experience the benefits of yoga and tending to your body without needing to touch your toes. This class is designed for the less flexible among us. Explore a variety of accessible yoga postures and tune in to the sensations of your body and your breath. This practice will help you to release tension and become more present within your body. It is suggested that one has a chair, a strap, a blanket and a yoga block. We will start with an Introductory session, followed by four practice sessions. This is the event page for the Practice Sessions.

Instructor: Chris Gordon

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

Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

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

Mar
2
Tue
Artist Reflection Series: chats at the gates @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Artist Reflection Series: chats at the gates @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Join brush painter Bob Schmitt for three meditative evening chats, each focused on three of his Nine Gates scrolls:

  • darkness
  • longing
  • abandonment
  • rage
  • emptiness
  • compassion
  • unbridled joy
  • oneness
  • delusion

Bob will share his process of creating these images, which are grounded in the particulars of his own journey. Come enter into the energy held by each scroll and share the words, sounds, images and movements stirred from within as we explore the thresholds of spiritual journeys.

the Nine Gates exhibit will be on display at the Carondelet Center from January 8 – March 31, 2021.

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

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Mar
3
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 3 @ 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, even in an online format.  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.

Mar
4
Thu
Tending to Our Souls: Art Practices @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tending to Our Souls: Art Practices @ This event will be held via Zoom.

As we move from winter towards spring this three-part workshop invites you to attend to your soul in community. You’ll engage in different art practices designed to draw you more deeply into reflection, transformation, and connection with other participants. The focus will be on process over product. The artistic process will be fueled by our curiosity, surprises and intuition.

Working remotely we will invite colors, shapes and different practices to reveal insights as we reflect on the things we have been tending during the winter and the things we want to focus on as we move into a season of new life and rebirth. Each week, as we build our practice and explore different media, we will return to the same questions: what we are tending and what is being birthed?

February 18: Collage as a Spiritual Practice, Cindi Beth Johnson
Working with a Lectionary Text we will create a meditative artistic response to a scripture designed to invite new understandings and insights. The process, while simple, invites us to go deeply into familiar texts in new and revealing ways.  The process is a dialogue between what you are looking for, what presents itself and what is created as the pieces come together.

February 25: Transformation, Lynda Lee
You are what your deepest desire is. As you desire, so is your intention. As your intention, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny. – The Upanishads

Using a wall photo calendar or glossy magazines you will select colors of chakra energy and focus on an intention of becoming. Individually and as a group we will invite the colors to guide our awareness of what we are most curious about, what (if we could do anything) we would do first and what we know to be true.

March 4: Circling our Intentions, Lori Greene
Supplies will be provided for the final session in which participants use glass to continue to explore questions about what we are tending. Glass tiles will become the conduit for spiritual and artistic observations. The completed glass circle will provide you with a reminder of the process and the ways in which you can continue to hold space for the revelations that come from these practices.

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

Mar
8
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

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

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

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

These sessions are facilitated by Pat Jones.

Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

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

Mar
9
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Mar
10
Wed
Ethical Wills: Creating Your Legacy of Values, Hopes, and Life Lessons @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Ethical Wills: Creating Your Legacy of Values, Hopes, and Life Lessons @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

How can we sum up our life purpose, lessons, values, wisdom and dreams for ourselves and future generations?

This two-part session introduces the concept of The Legacy Journey™ and its three pathways:

  • Legacy of Values – An Ethical Will/Legacy Letter
  • Legacy of Wisdom – Life Reflection Stories
  • Legacy of Generosity– A Making a Difference Plan

Both sessions will help you create your Ethical Will/Legacy Letter—a heartfelt and compassionate letter to summarize and share your values, faith, beliefs, hopes for the future, life lessons, gratitude, love, and forgiveness with family, friends and community. You will begin the process in session one, have time to continue drafting your letter between sessions, and complete the process in session two.

Instructor: Barry K. Baines, MD

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

Mar
11
Thu
Poetry’s Prophetic Tending @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Poetry's Prophetic Tending @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Poetry is a prophetic vessel through which the truth of any moment may be tended and brought to the surface where it can inform those changes that are calling us to action.  Come and savor four evenings with poets returning to Wisdom Ways.  Each will engage in conversation about the place and importance of poetry in our time, share poems of their own and others that have inspired and spoken to them this past year, and answer participant questions.  Their words will tend to our deepest longings and be a prophetic witness within our uncertain times.

February 11: Naomi Shihab Nye
Tuning In-That Poem is Trying to Find You

March 11: Sagirah Shahid
Contemplative Poetry and Resistance

April 8: Gwen Nell Westerman
Listening to the Land

May 13: Mark Nepo
The Wisdom of a Broken-Open Heart

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

Mar
12
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey
Mar 12 @ 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, 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 July, 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.
Mar 12 @ 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.

Mar
15
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

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

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

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

These sessions are facilitated by Pat Jones.

Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

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

Mar
16
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Pathways to Presence: 9 Journeys to Deepened Relationships with Self, Others, and the Divine @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Pathways to Presence: 9 Journeys to Deepened Relationships with Self, Others, and the Divine @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

We each possess a treasure within us that can remain hidden. The journey of human and spiritual growth requires peeling back layers of mistaken identity. As we see through these layers, we move closer to our essential self. At the same time, each uncovering enables us to relate more openly and honestly with others. And each movement toward our essence expands our capacity for Divine connection and guidance.

This three-part online course will explore how each type tends to and deepens its “I-We-Thou” journey. We will explore the entrapments and conditioning that lock us into our dominant Enneagram type.  We’ll explore the 9 pathways that free us into a state of Presence. And we’ll describe the 9 ways this Presence opens us to a deeper relationship with self (the I), others (the We), and the Holy (the Thou).

Some background on the Enneagram will be helpful but not essential.  Sessions will include presentations, personal reflection, breakout groups, and large group discussions.

Instructor: Scott McRae

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

Mar
17
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 17 @ 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, even in an online format.  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.

Mar
22
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

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

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

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

These sessions are facilitated by Pat Jones.

Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

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

Mar
23
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Pathways to Presence: 9 Journeys to Deepened Relationships with Self, Others, and the Divine @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Pathways to Presence: 9 Journeys to Deepened Relationships with Self, Others, and the Divine @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

We each possess a treasure within us that can remain hidden. The journey of human and spiritual growth requires peeling back layers of mistaken identity. As we see through these layers, we move closer to our essential self. At the same time, each uncovering enables us to relate more openly and honestly with others. And each movement toward our essence expands our capacity for Divine connection and guidance.

This three-part online course will explore how each type tends to and deepens its “I-We-Thou” journey. We will explore the entrapments and conditioning that lock us into our dominant Enneagram type.  We’ll explore the 9 pathways that free us into a state of Presence. And we’ll describe the 9 ways this Presence opens us to a deeper relationship with self (the I), others (the We), and the Holy (the Thou).

Some background on the Enneagram will be helpful but not essential.  Sessions will include presentations, personal reflection, breakout groups, and large group discussions.

Instructor: Scott McRae

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

Mar
24
Wed
Ethical Wills: Creating Your Legacy of Values, Hopes, and Life Lessons @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 24 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Ethical Wills: Creating Your Legacy of Values, Hopes, and Life Lessons @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

How can we sum up our life purpose, lessons, values, wisdom and dreams for ourselves and future generations?

This two-part session introduces the concept of The Legacy Journey™ and its three pathways:

  • Legacy of Values – An Ethical Will/Legacy Letter
  • Legacy of Wisdom – Life Reflection Stories
  • Legacy of Generosity– A Making a Difference Plan

Both sessions will help you create your Ethical Will/Legacy Letter—a heartfelt and compassionate letter to summarize and share your values, faith, beliefs, hopes for the future, life lessons, gratitude, love, and forgiveness with family, friends and community. You will begin the process in session one, have time to continue drafting your letter between sessions, and complete the process in session two.

Instructor: Barry K. Baines, MD

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

Mar
25
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

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

Mar
29
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Lent @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

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

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

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

These sessions are facilitated by Pat Jones.

Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

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

Mar
30
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Pathways to Presence: 9 Journeys to Deepened Relationships with Self, Others, and the Divine @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Pathways to Presence: 9 Journeys to Deepened Relationships with Self, Others, and the Divine @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

We each possess a treasure within us that can remain hidden. The journey of human and spiritual growth requires peeling back layers of mistaken identity. As we see through these layers, we move closer to our essential self. At the same time, each uncovering enables us to relate more openly and honestly with others. And each movement toward our essence expands our capacity for Divine connection and guidance.

This three-part online course will explore how each type tends to and deepens its “I-We-Thou” journey. We will explore the entrapments and conditioning that lock us into our dominant Enneagram type.  We’ll explore the 9 pathways that free us into a state of Presence. And we’ll describe the 9 ways this Presence opens us to a deeper relationship with self (the I), others (the We), and the Holy (the Thou).

Some background on the Enneagram will be helpful but not essential.  Sessions will include presentations, personal reflection, breakout groups, and large group discussions.

Instructor: Scott McRae

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

Mar
31
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Mar 31 @ 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, even in an online format.  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.

Apr
1
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

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

Apr
5
Mon
Seven Portal Sky: A Birth Story of Afrofuturist Medicine in Minneapolis
Apr 5 – May 24 all-day
Seven Portal Sky: A Birth Story of Afrofuturist Medicine in Minneapolis

This 8-week course is a space to support and expand the self-care practices of health care workers, caregivers, teachers, activists and anyone with heavy spirits right now. Seven Portal Sky is part workbook, part autobiography, and part dream – it details a vision for healing justice and daily practices for moving with and through the emotions – from overwhelm and fear, to anger and grief – arising for many of us in these winds of change. These traditional medicine practices offer us ways to stay present, to stay in our bodies, and remain in the ongoing struggle for healing as individuals and as a nation.

Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT, will guide you through poems, stories, and visual art from Seven Portal Sky, designed to shift and balance your energy field, as you explore seven chakras (from the Yoga tradition) and seven Orisha spirit archetypes (from the Nigerian Yoruba tradition). You’ll experiment with a weekly set of simple practices based on indigenous concepts of earth, water, fire, ecosystem, wind, light, and sky that can gently support your physical health (digestion, nervous and immune systems, and menstrual health), mental and emotional health, and offer ways to deepen your practice of justice and solidarity as allies.

Registered participants will be able to access the course from April 5 – May 24. Please visit the program page for more information about online course details and expectations.

Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

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

Apr
6
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Apr
8
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

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

Poetry’s Prophetic Tending @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Poetry's Prophetic Tending @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Poetry is a prophetic vessel through which the truth of any moment may be tended and brought to the surface where it can inform those changes that are calling us to action.  Come and savor four evenings with poets returning to Wisdom Ways.  Each will engage in conversation about the place and importance of poetry in our time, share poems of their own and others that have inspired and spoken to them this past year, and answer participant questions.  Their words will tend to our deepest longings and be a prophetic witness within our uncertain times.

February 11: Naomi Shihab Nye
Tuning In-That Poem is Trying to Find You

March 11: Sagirah Shahid
Contemplative Poetry and Resistance

April 8: Gwen Nell Westerman
Listening to the Land

May 13: Mark Nepo
The Wisdom of a Broken-Open Heart

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

Apr
9
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey
Apr 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, 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 July, 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.
Apr 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.

Apr
12
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

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

Apr
13
Tue
The Idea of the Common Good: Then and Now @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 13 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Idea of the Common Good: Then and Now @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Catholic teaching describes the common good as “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.”  This presentation and discussion will focus on the meaning of the common good and the moral ideas supporting the idea of the common good.  It will then consider whether the common good is a viable public moral principle today.

Instructor: Bernard Brady

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

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Apr
14
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 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, even in an online format.  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.

Apr
15
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

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

Apr
19
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

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

Apr
20
Tue
Deepening Spiritual Direction Practice: 3 Frameworks to Enliven You and Your Clients @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Deepening Spiritual Direction Practice: 3 Frameworks to Enliven You and Your Clients @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Spiritual guidance is fulfilling and challenging work: fulfilling because the people we meet and the stories they tell are fascinating and varied, complex because we can often get stuck. We can feel we lack a broad enough range of tools to meet the complexities we face.

This course is for new and seasoned spiritual directors who want to tend to their craft. It’s for those who will value some additional tools and frameworks for this sacred work. We will look at three methods which deepen our assessments of what’s really going on for clients—discerning their dominant mindsets, clarifying feelings that underlie thought patterns, and identifying three phases within a client session in order to focus on what is most helpful to address within each phase.  Using these methods, we will explore how to engage clients when their core issues have surfaced. Sessions will include presentations and large group discussions.

Instructor: Scott McRae

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

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Apr
21
Wed
Writer’s Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center
Apr 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 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.

Limited to 8 participants, the Writer’s Circle is for those who write regularly, are committed to their projects, and are ready to share their work with others.   Facilitator Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will select participants based on individual readiness and the overall make-up of the group.

Please submit a letter of application describing your writing experience, your current project, any experience you’ve had giving and receiving feedback on creative work and/or participating in group contemplative discernment, and why you’re interested in this group to info@wisdomwayscenter.org  by April 1.  Include a one-page sample of your writing.

Sessions will start in person at the Carondelet Center either outside or socially distanced inside.  The group will assess ongoing meeting locations month-to-month.

Apr
22
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

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

Apr
26
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative | Wellsprings of Earthkeeping, Liturgy of Homekeeping @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In this online course, we will explore the wellsprings of survival and resilience that run deep among Black mothers, grandmothers, other-mothers, seasoned in suffering deep as the earth many worked.  As we work for inclusive justice, womanist writers insist that the era of Jim Crow and people enslaved to work in other’s fields last in family memory.  New immigrants carry memories of their lands, beauty, violence and loss.  At the intersections of our lives on our street corners we meet others from elsewhere, other cultures, other languages, mixed races. In our polarized times people love to hold differences against others.  This is a course in learning from differences and drawing on the learnings to heal our planet home.

Come explore the seven approaches Melanie Harris offers in Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths and the ways Terry Tempest Williams combines a spirituality of beauty with advocacy for preservation of her beloved red-rock lands in southern Utah and the expanses of the Great Salt Lake.  We’ll probe the erosion of home, safety, democracy, and belief in her book Erosion: Essays on Undoing and her essay “Liturgy of Home.”  Using prompts, participants will write about the land, streets, geography of their home place and identify activities and advocacy to preserve our planet home.  Using our writing, we’ll create our own Liturgy of Home for the last session.

Our virtual class will include pre-recorded lecture, small- and large-group discussion, and access to a private course webpage. Harris’ and Williams’ books will be our primary texts. Purchase them online from your local bookstore.

Instructors: Taiyon Coleman, PhD; Per Da Vang, PhD, MSW; Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, MTS; Colleen Carpenter, PhD; Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, PhD; Andrea Pearson Tande, MA; Joan Mitchell, PhD.

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

Apr
27
Tue
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In a day and age when compassion and community can seem in short supply, we turn to Etty Hillesum (1914-1943). In early 1941, Etty Hillesum was coming of age intellectually, spiritually and socially in Amsterdam when she began keeping a diary. Nazis had occupied Holland for less than a year, and as Etty’s external world became smaller with each successive restriction of Jewish freedoms, she carefully tended her space within, stocking it with all that she cherished and needed for the challenges ahead.

Etty once wryly noted there was so much barbed wire at Westerbork that it could be hard to tell whether one was being fenced in or out. Fittingly, her journals offer us wise guidance for crossing the barbed divisions of our own time. She demonstrated another way, a way of love that she consciously cultivated and equally consciously passed on to others in her written pages. Realizing that the struggle for inner peace is one with the struggle for justice and the end of war, Etty refused to accept escape from the Nazi transit camp and continued her search for meaning through her own reflections and in service to others.

How do we shoulder the common challenges of our times—not only with all of humanity but with the Earth itself and all life upon it? Come explore her philosophical and theological reflections to discover how Etty’s story can be a source of healing for all of us.

April 27: Etty Hillesum as Witness to Healing and Wholeness
Mary Kaye Medinger, MA
, writer, editor, spiritual director and retreat leader. Following a brief introduction to the life and times of Etty Hillesum, Mary Kaye will speak of her own relationship with Etty in writing across time and space.

May 4: She Did Not Speak
Leslie Morris, Ph.D
. a scholar of German Jewish and Holocaust literature, is the Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts, Professor of German and Chair of the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, and former Director of UM’s the Center for Jewish Studies. She will read from She Did Not Speak, her hybrid, experimental memoir that moves between her family’s complex buried Holocaust history and a mysterious illness that came shortly after making a trip to Budapest to meet her newly discovered family.

Rabbi Morris Allen is the Rabbi Emeritus of Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights. He began his service as the first rabbi of the Congregation in 1986 and formally retired in June 2019. In that time, Beth Jacob became nationally recognized for creating an engaged and intentional community.

May 11: Can Religion Help Heal a World Broken by Trauma? Etty Hillesum as our Ancestor in the “Qahal goyim” (sacred assembly)
William (Bill) McDonough STL, STD, professor of moral theology, coordinator of the Master of Arts in Theology program at St. Catherine University, and two-time presenter at the Etty Hillesum International Conference, will use Etty’s writings to feed our moral imagination.

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

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

Apr
28
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 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, even in an online format.  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.

Apr
29
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

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

Apr
5
Mon
Seven Portal Sky: A Birth Story of Afrofuturist Medicine in Minneapolis
Apr 5 – May 24 all-day
Seven Portal Sky: A Birth Story of Afrofuturist Medicine in Minneapolis

This 8-week course is a space to support and expand the self-care practices of health care workers, caregivers, teachers, activists and anyone with heavy spirits right now. Seven Portal Sky is part workbook, part autobiography, and part dream – it details a vision for healing justice and daily practices for moving with and through the emotions – from overwhelm and fear, to anger and grief – arising for many of us in these winds of change. These traditional medicine practices offer us ways to stay present, to stay in our bodies, and remain in the ongoing struggle for healing as individuals and as a nation.

Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT, will guide you through poems, stories, and visual art from Seven Portal Sky, designed to shift and balance your energy field, as you explore seven chakras (from the Yoga tradition) and seven Orisha spirit archetypes (from the Nigerian Yoruba tradition). You’ll experiment with a weekly set of simple practices based on indigenous concepts of earth, water, fire, ecosystem, wind, light, and sky that can gently support your physical health (digestion, nervous and immune systems, and menstrual health), mental and emotional health, and offer ways to deepen your practice of justice and solidarity as allies.

Registered participants will be able to access the course from April 5 – May 24. Please visit the program page for more information about online course details and expectations.

May
3
Mon
Introduction to the Enneagram: 9 Way to Move from Trance to Dance
May 3 – May 25 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, three-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 May 3 – May 25. Please visit the program page for more information about online course details and expectations.

May
4
Tue
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In a day and age when compassion and community can seem in short supply, we turn to Etty Hillesum (1914-1943). In early 1941, Etty Hillesum was coming of age intellectually, spiritually and socially in Amsterdam when she began keeping a diary. Nazis had occupied Holland for less than a year, and as Etty’s external world became smaller with each successive restriction of Jewish freedoms, she carefully tended her space within, stocking it with all that she cherished and needed for the challenges ahead.

Etty once wryly noted there was so much barbed wire at Westerbork that it could be hard to tell whether one was being fenced in or out. Fittingly, her journals offer us wise guidance for crossing the barbed divisions of our own time. She demonstrated another way, a way of love that she consciously cultivated and equally consciously passed on to others in her written pages. Realizing that the struggle for inner peace is one with the struggle for justice and the end of war, Etty refused to accept escape from the Nazi transit camp and continued her search for meaning through her own reflections and in service to others.

How do we shoulder the common challenges of our times—not only with all of humanity but with the Earth itself and all life upon it? Come explore her philosophical and theological reflections to discover how Etty’s story can be a source of healing for all of us.

April 27: Etty Hillesum as Witness to Healing and Wholeness
Mary Kaye Medinger, MA
, writer, editor, spiritual director and retreat leader. Following a brief introduction to the life and times of Etty Hillesum, Mary Kaye will speak of her own relationship with Etty in writing across time and space.

May 4: She Did Not Speak
Leslie Morris, Ph.D
. a scholar of German Jewish and Holocaust literature, is the Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts, Professor of German and Chair of the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, and former Director of UM’s the Center for Jewish Studies. She will read from She Did Not Speak, her hybrid, experimental memoir that moves between her family’s complex buried Holocaust history and a mysterious illness that came shortly after making a trip to Budapest to meet her newly discovered family.

Rabbi Morris Allen is the Rabbi Emeritus of Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights. He began his service as the first rabbi of the Congregation in 1986 and formally retired in June 2019. In that time, Beth Jacob became nationally recognized for creating an engaged and intentional community.

May 11: Can Religion Help Heal a World Broken by Trauma? Etty Hillesum as our Ancestor in the “Qahal goyim” (sacred assembly)
William (Bill) McDonough STL, STD, professor of moral theology, coordinator of the Master of Arts in Theology program at St. Catherine University, and two-time presenter at the Etty Hillesum International Conference, will use Etty’s writings to feed our moral imagination.

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

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

May
6
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

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

Living Water @ TBD; local Twin Cities Park
May 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Living Water @ TBD; local Twin Cities Park

Have you felt the impulse to recharge by the water? Come explore how richly meaningful praying by the water can be, grounded in tradition and connecting us with our community. A 45-minute presentation will prepare you for 30 minutes of practice. Meditative songs and readings will help you enter into silent contemplation. Through stories, Christian mysticism, the watershed, and justice movements, we will explore the depth and significance of contemplation by the water.

May 6: Living Water
The Scripture expression “Living Water” invites us to ponder how the water is alive. Standing on the banks of the flowing Mississippi we cannot help but observe the life of the water and the life around it. Come explore the idea that water holds consciousness and a memory of our geological, indigenous, and modern history. Contemplating by the water helps our hearts–not just our minds–connect with the aliveness of water, and kindles a mystical inner wellspring of living water.

May 13: Immersing Ourselves in the Water
This session is about immersing ourselves in the water and being transformed by that encounter. Water connects us all and our watershed links us together in what Brock Dolman calls a “basin of relationships.” We will explore how baptism can be an initiation into deeper relatedness. You will also learn the three ways the concept of Watershed Discipleship (from the title of Ched Myers’ anthology) invites us to immerse ourselves in loving this holy and sacred created world.

May 20: Blessing the Water
Come learn from our relatives in the Eastern and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches, who have rich traditions for blessing the water. Our contemplative practice is inspired by the Eastern Orthodox Great Blessing of the Waters. Knowing our roots will add richness and grounding to our practice.

Instructor: Emily Jarrett Hughes

This course will be held at a local Twin Cities park. Check back for details.

May
11
Tue
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Compassion in Challenging Times: Etty Hillesum and Us @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

In a day and age when compassion and community can seem in short supply, we turn to Etty Hillesum (1914-1943). In early 1941, Etty Hillesum was coming of age intellectually, spiritually and socially in Amsterdam when she began keeping a diary. Nazis had occupied Holland for less than a year, and as Etty’s external world became smaller with each successive restriction of Jewish freedoms, she carefully tended her space within, stocking it with all that she cherished and needed for the challenges ahead.

Etty once wryly noted there was so much barbed wire at Westerbork that it could be hard to tell whether one was being fenced in or out. Fittingly, her journals offer us wise guidance for crossing the barbed divisions of our own time. She demonstrated another way, a way of love that she consciously cultivated and equally consciously passed on to others in her written pages. Realizing that the struggle for inner peace is one with the struggle for justice and the end of war, Etty refused to accept escape from the Nazi transit camp and continued her search for meaning through her own reflections and in service to others.

How do we shoulder the common challenges of our times—not only with all of humanity but with the Earth itself and all life upon it? Come explore her philosophical and theological reflections to discover how Etty’s story can be a source of healing for all of us.

April 27: Etty Hillesum as Witness to Healing and Wholeness
Mary Kaye Medinger, MA
, writer, editor, spiritual director and retreat leader. Following a brief introduction to the life and times of Etty Hillesum, Mary Kaye will speak of her own relationship with Etty in writing across time and space.

May 4: She Did Not Speak
Leslie Morris, Ph.D
. a scholar of German Jewish and Holocaust literature, is the Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts, Professor of German and Chair of the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, and former Director of UM’s the Center for Jewish Studies. She will read from She Did Not Speak, her hybrid, experimental memoir that moves between her family’s complex buried Holocaust history and a mysterious illness that came shortly after making a trip to Budapest to meet her newly discovered family.

Rabbi Morris Allen is the Rabbi Emeritus of Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights. He began his service as the first rabbi of the Congregation in 1986 and formally retired in June 2019. In that time, Beth Jacob became nationally recognized for creating an engaged and intentional community.

May 11: Can Religion Help Heal a World Broken by Trauma? Etty Hillesum as our Ancestor in the “Qahal goyim” (sacred assembly)
William (Bill) McDonough STL, STD, professor of moral theology, coordinator of the Master of Arts in Theology program at St. Catherine University, and two-time presenter at the Etty Hillesum International Conference, will use Etty’s writings to feed our moral imagination.

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

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

May
12
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 12 @ 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, even in an online format.  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.

May
13
Thu
Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mark's Gospel: The Whole Story, Its Thresholds of Faith, Its Witness @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.

Instructor: Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

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

Living Water @ TBD; local Twin Cities Park
May 13 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Living Water @ TBD; local Twin Cities Park

Have you felt the impulse to recharge by the water? Come explore how richly meaningful praying by the water can be, grounded in tradition and connecting us with our community. A 45-minute presentation will prepare you for 30 minutes of practice. Meditative songs and readings will help you enter into silent contemplation. Through stories, Christian mysticism, the watershed, and justice movements, we will explore the depth and significance of contemplation by the water.

May 6: Living Water
The Scripture expression “Living Water” invites us to ponder how the water is alive. Standing on the banks of the flowing Mississippi we cannot help but observe the life of the water and the life around it. Come explore the idea that water holds consciousness and a memory of our geological, indigenous, and modern history. Contemplating by the water helps our hearts–not just our minds–connect with the aliveness of water, and kindles a mystical inner wellspring of living water.

May 13: Immersing Ourselves in the Water
This session is about immersing ourselves in the water and being transformed by that encounter. Water connects us all and our watershed links us together in what Brock Dolman calls a “basin of relationships.” We will explore how baptism can be an initiation into deeper relatedness. You will also learn the three ways the concept of Watershed Discipleship (from the title of Ched Myers’ anthology) invites us to immerse ourselves in loving this holy and sacred created world.

May 20: Blessing the Water
Come learn from our relatives in the Eastern and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches, who have rich traditions for blessing the water. Our contemplative practice is inspired by the Eastern Orthodox Great Blessing of the Waters. Knowing our roots will add richness and grounding to our practice.

Instructor: Emily Jarrett Hughes

This course will be held at a local Twin Cities park. Check back for details.

Poetry’s Prophetic Tending @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Poetry's Prophetic Tending @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

Poetry is a prophetic vessel through which the truth of any moment may be tended and brought to the surface where it can inform those changes that are calling us to action.  Come and savor four evenings with poets returning to Wisdom Ways.  Each will engage in conversation about the place and importance of poetry in our time, share poems of their own and others that have inspired and spoken to them this past year, and answer participant questions.  Their words will tend to our deepest longings and be a prophetic witness within our uncertain times.

February 11: Naomi Shihab Nye
Tuning In-That Poem is Trying to Find You

March 11: Sagirah Shahid
Contemplative Poetry and Resistance

April 8: Gwen Nell Westerman
Listening to the Land

May 13: Mark Nepo
The Wisdom of a Broken-Open Heart

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

May
14
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey
May 14 @ 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, 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 July, 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.
May 14 @ 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.

May
17
Mon
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop (May)
May 17 – Jun 4 all-day
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop (May)

 

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. Elizabeth will meet with the class via Zoom.

Registered participants will be able to access the course from May 17 – June 4. Please visit the program page for more details about online course details and expectations.

May
18
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

May
19
Wed
Writer’s Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center
May 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 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.

Limited to 8 participants, the Writer’s Circle is for those who write regularly, are committed to their projects, and are ready to share their work with others.   Facilitator Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will select participants based on individual readiness and the overall make-up of the group.

Please submit a letter of application describing your writing experience, your current project, any experience you’ve had giving and receiving feedback on creative work and/or participating in group contemplative discernment, and why you’re interested in this group to info@wisdomwayscenter.org  by April 1.  Include a one-page sample of your writing.

Sessions will start in person at the Carondelet Center either outside or socially distanced inside.  The group will assess ongoing meeting locations month-to-month.

A Journey Without a Guidebook: The Joys, Dreams, and Disappointments of Fatherhood @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 19 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
A Journey Without a Guidebook: The Joys, Dreams, and Disappointments of Fatherhood @ This event will be held via Zoom.

 

All of us who have been or hope to be fathers have a vision of how we want it to be. But the reality is often far different than we had hoped or expected.  All we can know for certain is “as the twig is bent, so grows the tree.”  And we often don’t know how we are bending that twig until the tree is grown.

In this Zoom workshop we will share some of our experiences with fatherhood, either as fathers ourselves or as the sons of fathers who influenced us, for good or for ill, with the choices they made.

Participants should reflect on the following questions and be prepared to speak for a few minutes on what their experience with fatherhood has taught them:

  • What is the best choice you made as a father?
  • What do you regret having done?
  • What did you learn from your father, positively or negatively, that influenced the way you raised or hope to raise your children?
  • Based on your experience as a father or a son, what single piece of advice would you give to a man about to become a father?
  • What single value did you/do you most want to impart to your children?

Instructor: Kent Nerburn

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

May
20
Thu
Living Water @ TBD; local Twin Cities Park
May 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Living Water @ TBD; local Twin Cities Park

Have you felt the impulse to recharge by the water? Come explore how richly meaningful praying by the water can be, grounded in tradition and connecting us with our community. A 45-minute presentation will prepare you for 30 minutes of practice. Meditative songs and readings will help you enter into silent contemplation. Through stories, Christian mysticism, the watershed, and justice movements, we will explore the depth and significance of contemplation by the water.

May 6: Living Water
The Scripture expression “Living Water” invites us to ponder how the water is alive. Standing on the banks of the flowing Mississippi we cannot help but observe the life of the water and the life around it. Come explore the idea that water holds consciousness and a memory of our geological, indigenous, and modern history. Contemplating by the water helps our hearts–not just our minds–connect with the aliveness of water, and kindles a mystical inner wellspring of living water.

May 13: Immersing Ourselves in the Water
This session is about immersing ourselves in the water and being transformed by that encounter. Water connects us all and our watershed links us together in what Brock Dolman calls a “basin of relationships.” We will explore how baptism can be an initiation into deeper relatedness. You will also learn the three ways the concept of Watershed Discipleship (from the title of Ched Myers’ anthology) invites us to immerse ourselves in loving this holy and sacred created world.

May 20: Blessing the Water
Come learn from our relatives in the Eastern and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches, who have rich traditions for blessing the water. Our contemplative practice is inspired by the Eastern Orthodox Great Blessing of the Waters. Knowing our roots will add richness and grounding to our practice.

Instructor: Emily Jarrett Hughes

This course will be held at a local Twin Cities park. Check back for details.

Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.

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.

May
25
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ This event will be held via Zoom.

Tuesday evening meditation will continue to gather via Zoom this Winter/Spring.

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).

Meditation will begin at 7pm, so please join the Zoom before that time. The waiting room will not be active after 7pm.

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

May
26
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 26 @ 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, even in an online format.  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.

May
27
Thu
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.

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.

May
17
Mon
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop (May)
May 17 – Jun 4 all-day
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop (May)

 

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. Elizabeth will meet with the class via Zoom.

Registered participants will be able to access the course from May 17 – June 4. Please visit the program page for more details about online course details and expectations.

Jun
3
Thu
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Working Together @ This event will be held via Zoom.

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.

Jun
8
Tue
Tending Our Bodies: A Pathway to Compassion @ TBD
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tending Our Bodies: A Pathway to Compassion @ TBD

Body Awareness, that of sensing into our sensations and emotional responses, helps us understand and access our humanity in a deeper way. When we value what our bodies are telling us, we engage with our innate capacity to Feel, Deal and Heal, not only for ourselves, but for the interconnected web we live within.

How do we learn the language of our bodies? How does being familiar with our own automatic responses help us understand the actions and feelings of others?

The practice of sensing into our own bodies opens our hearts, engages our vital life force, and builds our capacity to address the suffering of each other and our earth. Conscious awareness of our bodily experiences helps us find balance and resilience in our daily lives. We gain agency to make healthy choices, become more available to connect meaningfully and to compassionately meet our world.

Join somatic practitioner Kris Nourse for a three-part series to discover the language of your body through sensations and emotions. Explore the basics of your nervous system and engage in interactive practices to help you befriend and learn from your body’s responses. Discover how what we meet within us helps us meet each other with care and understanding.

Part 1: Learning the Language of our Bodies

Part 2: Stress and Painful Experiences: How we heal

Part 3: Embodiment: The practice of coming home to ourselves, to our world

This course location is TBD. See program page for updates related to the location.

Jun
9
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jun 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, even in an online format.  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.

Jun
11
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey
Jun 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, 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 July, 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.
Jun 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.

Jun
14
Mon
Sacred Sites Tour
Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sacred Sites Tour

This event has reached capacity. Call the Wisdom Ways Office at 651-696-2788 to be added to a wait list.

As part of Healing Minnesota Stories’ effort to create dialogue, understanding and healing between Native and non-Native peoples, we gather to immerse ourselves in Minnesota history from a Native perspective as we experience Dakota history, culture and sacred sites through storytelling and are present to one another through silence/meditation/reflection and sharing. Our time together aims to create greater awareness and understanding of the Dakota people, the original people of this area, who too often are invisible in their homeland.

Instructor: Jim Bear Jacobs

Limited to 15 participants. Must register before event.

Dress for an extended walk on uneven terrain.  Because of COVID safety, participants drive themselves from site to site.  An itinerary will be provided.

Jun
15
Tue
Tending Our Bodies: A Pathway to Compassion @ TBD
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tending Our Bodies: A Pathway to Compassion @ TBD

Body Awareness, that of sensing into our sensations and emotional responses, helps us understand and access our humanity in a deeper way. When we value what our bodies are telling us, we engage with our innate capacity to Feel, Deal and Heal, not only for ourselves, but for the interconnected web we live within.

How do we learn the language of our bodies? How does being familiar with our own automatic responses help us understand the actions and feelings of others?

The practice of sensing into our own bodies opens our hearts, engages our vital life force, and builds our capacity to address the suffering of each other and our earth. Conscious awareness of our bodily experiences helps us find balance and resilience in our daily lives. We gain agency to make healthy choices, become more available to connect meaningfully and to compassionately meet our world.

Join somatic practitioner Kris Nourse for a three-part series to discover the language of your body through sensations and emotions. Explore the basics of your nervous system and engage in interactive practices to help you befriend and learn from your body’s responses. Discover how what we meet within us helps us meet each other with care and understanding.

Part 1: Learning the Language of our Bodies

Part 2: Stress and Painful Experiences: How we heal

Part 3: Embodiment: The practice of coming home to ourselves, to our world

This course location is TBD. See program page for updates related to the location.

Jun
16
Wed
Writer’s Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center
Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 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.

Limited to 8 participants, the Writer’s Circle is for those who write regularly, are committed to their projects, and are ready to share their work with others.   Facilitator Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will select participants based on individual readiness and the overall make-up of the group.

Please submit a letter of application describing your writing experience, your current project, any experience you’ve had giving and receiving feedback on creative work and/or participating in group contemplative discernment, and why you’re interested in this group to info@wisdomwayscenter.org  by April 1.  Include a one-page sample of your writing.

Sessions will start in person at the Carondelet Center either outside or socially distanced inside.  The group will assess ongoing meeting locations month-to-month.

Jun
20
Sun
Morning Altars: Nourishment through Nature, Art, and Ritual @ Carondelet Center
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Morning Altars: Nourishment through Nature, Art, and Ritual @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

Come nourish your spirit, lay down your burdens, and tend to what arises as the dust settles through the mindful practice of foraging, assembling, and offering a Morning Altar (as demonstrated by earth artist Day Schildkret). This practice is meant to revitalize your sense of wonder for the natural world, awaken your creative spirit, and guide your release of all that you carry back to the world. Please join prepared for a morning of guided and reflective outdoor engagement.

Instructor: Karina Sieber

Please wear comfortable clothing; bring sun protection, a small basket, a timer, journal, pen, and water.

Off Course & On Path Program @ Location for this event is TBD.
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am
Off Course & On Path Program @ Location for this event is TBD.

 

Come explore a labyrinth built with found materials and templates you can use to create labyrinths in your own environments. Participants will be invited to make their own labyrinths with materials from the outdoors.

Held as summer solstice begins to encourage reflection and honor new beginnings and new growth in a communal setting. The vibrant energy of summer brings moments of reflection and allows the opportunity to welcome new beginnings or new growth into our lives.

 

Jun
22
Tue
Tending Our Bodies: A Pathway to Compassion @ TBD
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tending Our Bodies: A Pathway to Compassion @ TBD

Body Awareness, that of sensing into our sensations and emotional responses, helps us understand and access our humanity in a deeper way. When we value what our bodies are telling us, we engage with our innate capacity to Feel, Deal and Heal, not only for ourselves, but for the interconnected web we live within.

How do we learn the language of our bodies? How does being familiar with our own automatic responses help us understand the actions and feelings of others?

The practice of sensing into our own bodies opens our hearts, engages our vital life force, and builds our capacity to address the suffering of each other and our earth. Conscious awareness of our bodily experiences helps us find balance and resilience in our daily lives. We gain agency to make healthy choices, become more available to connect meaningfully and to compassionately meet our world.

Join somatic practitioner Kris Nourse for a three-part series to discover the language of your body through sensations and emotions. Explore the basics of your nervous system and engage in interactive practices to help you befriend and learn from your body’s responses. Discover how what we meet within us helps us meet each other with care and understanding.

Part 1: Learning the Language of our Bodies

Part 2: Stress and Painful Experiences: How we heal

Part 3: Embodiment: The practice of coming home to ourselves, to our world

This course location is TBD. See program page for updates related to the location.

Jun
23
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ This event will be held via Zoom.
Jun 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, even in an online format.  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.

Jul
9
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey
Jul 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, 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 July, 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.

 

Jul
21
Wed
Writer’s Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center
Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 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.

Limited to 8 participants, the Writer’s Circle is for those who write regularly, are committed to their projects, and are ready to share their work with others.   Facilitator Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will select participants based on individual readiness and the overall make-up of the group.

Please submit a letter of application describing your writing experience, your current project, any experience you’ve had giving and receiving feedback on creative work and/or participating in group contemplative discernment, and why you’re interested in this group to info@wisdomwayscenter.org  by April 1.  Include a one-page sample of your writing.

Sessions will start in person at the Carondelet Center either outside or socially distanced inside.  The group will assess ongoing meeting locations month-to-month.

Sep
15
Wed
Writer’s Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center
Sep 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 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.

Limited to 8 participants, the Writer’s Circle is for those who write regularly, are committed to their projects, and are ready to share their work with others.   Facilitator Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will select participants based on individual readiness and the overall make-up of the group.

Please submit a letter of application describing your writing experience, your current project, any experience you’ve had giving and receiving feedback on creative work and/or participating in group contemplative discernment, and why you’re interested in this group to info@wisdomwayscenter.org  by April 1.  Include a one-page sample of your writing.

Sessions will start in person at the Carondelet Center either outside or socially distanced inside.  The group will assess ongoing meeting locations month-to-month.

Oct
20
Wed
Writer’s Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center
Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 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.

Limited to 8 participants, the Writer’s Circle is for those who write regularly, are committed to their projects, and are ready to share their work with others.   Facilitator Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will select participants based on individual readiness and the overall make-up of the group.

Please submit a letter of application describing your writing experience, your current project, any experience you’ve had giving and receiving feedback on creative work and/or participating in group contemplative discernment, and why you’re interested in this group to info@wisdomwayscenter.org  by April 1.  Include a one-page sample of your writing.

Sessions will start in person at the Carondelet Center either outside or socially distanced inside.  The group will assess ongoing meeting locations month-to-month.

Nov
17
Wed
Writer’s Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center
Nov 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 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.

Limited to 8 participants, the Writer’s Circle is for those who write regularly, are committed to their projects, and are ready to share their work with others.   Facilitator Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will select participants based on individual readiness and the overall make-up of the group.

Please submit a letter of application describing your writing experience, your current project, any experience you’ve had giving and receiving feedback on creative work and/or participating in group contemplative discernment, and why you’re interested in this group to info@wisdomwayscenter.org  by April 1.  Include a one-page sample of your writing.

Sessions will start in person at the Carondelet Center either outside or socially distanced inside.  The group will assess ongoing meeting locations month-to-month.

Dec
15
Wed
Writer’s Circle: Tending Writer and Writing @ Carondelet Center
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 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.

Limited to 8 participants, the Writer’s Circle is for those who write regularly, are committed to their projects, and are ready to share their work with others.   Facilitator Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will select participants based on individual readiness and the overall make-up of the group.

Please submit a letter of application describing your writing experience, your current project, any experience you’ve had giving and receiving feedback on creative work and/or participating in group contemplative discernment, and why you’re interested in this group to info@wisdomwayscenter.org  by April 1.  Include a one-page sample of your writing.

Sessions will start in person at the Carondelet Center either outside or socially distanced inside.  The group will assess ongoing meeting locations month-to-month.