Summer/Fall 2018

Calendar of Events:

Jul
13
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Jul 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

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

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

Jul
22
Sun
The Feast of Mary Magdalene: Morning Prayer on the Labyrinth @ Carondelet Center
Jul 22 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
The Feast of Mary Magdalene: Morning Prayer on the Labyrinth @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Come gather in ritual, song and prayer as we celebrate Mary Magdalene, and lay claim to a discipleship of equals in the church today.
Please wear red.

The labyrinth is on the west side of the Carondelet Center

Aug
25
Sat
Marie Olofsdotter: Love Medicine @ Carondelet Center
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Marie Olofsdotter: Love Medicine @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Join Marie Olofsdotter for a session of poetry and bookmaking for writers and artists at all levels, no previous experience required. Come and create a unique book arts piece, a hardcover accordion book that will hold a poem, your secret song. Through a playful approach to writing, participants will be guided in the creation of poetry straight from the heart, where the most potent love medicine resides.

Pre-registration is no longer available for this program. You will be able to register at the door on event day.

Sep
4
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Sep
5
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: From Wild to Wise: The Spiritual Language of Men @ Carondelet Center
Sep 5 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Men’s Spirituality: From Wild to Wise: The Spiritual Language of Men @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Many men in our community long for more connection to their spiritual life, especially as it relates to their truer nature.  Join us for this two part journaling and story telling experience into the ways of masculine spirituality directed towards fostering male wisdom.  Together we will seek to explore how men are hard wired for meaning, purpose and to experience the sacred in life.  Included among the topics we will discuss are: the landscape of the masculine soul, strong masculine role models and lessons for men found in nature. Each man will be given a spiritual legacy journal to help with reflecting on their journey.  Using memory, imagination and group sharing we will be led in our exploration by men’s wisdom teacher, Steve Robach.

Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Sep 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

Sep
11
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Sep
12
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: From Wild to Wise: The Spiritual Language of Men @ Carondelet Center
Sep 12 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Men’s Spirituality: From Wild to Wise: The Spiritual Language of Men @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Many men in our community long for more connection to their spiritual life, especially as it relates to their truer nature.  Join us for this two part journaling and story telling experience into the ways of masculine spirituality directed towards fostering male wisdom.  Together we will seek to explore how men are hard wired for meaning, purpose and to experience the sacred in life.  Included among the topics we will discuss are: the landscape of the masculine soul, strong masculine role models and lessons for men found in nature. Each man will be given a spiritual legacy journal to help with reflecting on their journey.  Using memory, imagination and group sharing we will be led in our exploration by men’s wisdom teacher, Steve Robach.

The Women in Mark’s Gospel @ Carondelet Center
Sep 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Women in Mark's Gospel @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

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

Sep
14
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Sep 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

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

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

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center
Sep 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Monthly drop-in sessions led by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir: themes that commonly arise, craft techniques, challenges and joys of the writing process, and practices for opening our work to the spirit’s movement. Sessions include writing exercises, examples from leading and emerging writers, lecture, and small group conversation.

Sep
15
Sat
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop @ Carondelet Center
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

This class is taught by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew.

Sep
17
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center
Sep 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

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

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

Sep
18
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Sep
19
Wed
The Women in Mark’s Gospel @ Carondelet Center
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Women in Mark's Gospel @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

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

Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct
2
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

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

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

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

Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

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

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

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

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

The Fall Soul Conference is closed for online registration. There are still several spaces left for walk-in registration.

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

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

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

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

The Fall Soul Conference is closed for online registration. There are still several spaces left for walk-in registration.

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

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

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

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

Oct
9
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

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

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

This course is facilitated by Ed Sellner.

Oct
12
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Oct 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

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

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

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center
Oct 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Monthly drop-in sessions led by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir: themes that commonly arise, craft techniques, challenges and joys of the writing process, and practices for opening our work to the spirit’s movement. Sessions include writing exercises, examples from leading and emerging writers, lecture, and small group conversation.

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

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

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

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

Oct
16
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Oct
17
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Oct 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

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

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

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

This course is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

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

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

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

A new session starts in Fall 2019.

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

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

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

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

Oct
23
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct
30
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

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

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

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

This class is taught by Doug Federhart.

 

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

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

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

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

Nov
6
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

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

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

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

This class is taught by Doug Federhart.

 

Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Nov 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

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

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

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

This course is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

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

 

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

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

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center
Nov 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Monthly drop-in sessions led by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir: themes that commonly arise, craft techniques, challenges and joys of the writing process, and practices for opening our work to the spirit’s movement. Sessions include writing exercises, examples from leading and emerging writers, lecture, and small group conversation.

Nov
12
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center
Nov 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

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

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

Nov
13
Tue
Evolving the Self Through the Enneagram @ Carondelet Center
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evolving the Self Through the Enneagram @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

The Enneagram is a map. It leads us through and beyond our personality types into a presence that is grounded and inspired. It guides people into the deep contours of their lives, in ways that are freeing and that activate potential. This three-part class for people with some previous experience of the Enneagram will apply the process of personal evolution to the 9 types of the Enneagram. We’ll also reflect on how we advance through stages of human development, and through mindsets, as we adapt to our changing world and grow spiritually.

Through presentations, and personal and small group reflections, we will journey together with the aim of deepening our awareness and growing life-giving practices. The goal of the classes is to move closer to that enduring Presence that enables us to be awake, receptive, and responsive in the midst of our wonderful and challenging lives.

This is not an introductory course.

This course is facilitated by Scott McRae.

This program is now full and closed for registration. Please call 651-696-2788 to be put on a waiting list.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Nov
15
Thu
Re-Imagining Women’s Spirituality: What the Beguines Have to Teach Us @ Carondelet Center
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Re-Imagining Women's Spirituality: What the Beguines Have to Teach Us @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

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

This course is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

Nov
19
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center
Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

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

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

Nov
20
Tue
Evolving the Self Through the Enneagram @ Carondelet Center
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evolving the Self Through the Enneagram @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

The Enneagram is a map. It leads us through and beyond our personality types into a presence that is grounded and inspired. It guides people into the deep contours of their lives, in ways that are freeing and that activate potential. This three-part class for people with some previous experience of the Enneagram will apply the process of personal evolution to the 9 types of the Enneagram. We’ll also reflect on how we advance through stages of human development, and through mindsets, as we adapt to our changing world and grow spiritually.

Through presentations, and personal and small group reflections, we will journey together with the aim of deepening our awareness and growing life-giving practices. The goal of the classes is to move closer to that enduring Presence that enables us to be awake, receptive, and responsive in the midst of our wonderful and challenging lives.

This is not an introductory course.

This course is facilitated by Scott McRae.

This program is now full and closed for registration. Please call 651-696-2788 to be put on a waiting list.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Nov
21
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Nov 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

Nov
26
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent @ Carondelet Center
Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

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

Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center
Nov 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

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

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

Nov
27
Tue
Evolving the Self Through the Enneagram @ Carondelet Center
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evolving the Self Through the Enneagram @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

The Enneagram is a map. It leads us through and beyond our personality types into a presence that is grounded and inspired. It guides people into the deep contours of their lives, in ways that are freeing and that activate potential. This three-part class for people with some previous experience of the Enneagram will apply the process of personal evolution to the 9 types of the Enneagram. We’ll also reflect on how we advance through stages of human development, and through mindsets, as we adapt to our changing world and grow spiritually.

Through presentations, and personal and small group reflections, we will journey together with the aim of deepening our awareness and growing life-giving practices. The goal of the classes is to move closer to that enduring Presence that enables us to be awake, receptive, and responsive in the midst of our wonderful and challenging lives.

This is not an introductory course.

This course is facilitated by Scott McRae.

This program is now full and closed for registration. Please call 651-696-2788 to be put on a waiting list.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Nov
29
Thu
Re-Imagining Women’s Spirituality: What the Beguines Have to Teach Us @ Carondelet Center
Nov 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Re-Imagining Women's Spirituality: What the Beguines Have to Teach Us @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

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

This course is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

Dec
1
Sat
The Mystery of Being Human @ Carondelet Center
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Mystery of Being Human @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

The greatest mystery of being human is our freedom. Freedom is our greatest gift as well as our darkest. This mystery is at the heart of Advent. When we gaze into the depths of our own possibilities it makes us dizzy. It has been said that the masses of humanity are afraid of our freedom. Advent is, therefore, a great gift and a necessary opportunity to look into what it means for us to be human and how we are using our freedom. “Creation was subjected to transience and futility . . . in the hope that creation itself would . . . come to share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.” This will be our day’s exploration through reflections, practices, and personal discernment work.

This retreat is facilitated by Ward Bauman.

Dec
3
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent @ Carondelet Center
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

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

Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center
Dec 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Wounds and Words: Body, Race, and Being @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

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

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

Dec
4
Tue
Group Spiritual Guidance During Advent @ Carondelet Center
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Group Spiritual Guidance During Advent @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Group spiritual direction is a process in which people gather on a regular basis to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of Sacred Mystery in all of life. Participants seek support for their responsiveness to the Holy and agree to support others in their responsiveness as well. In this season of transition between darkness and light in both culture and church, give yourself the gift of three mornings to BE!

This class is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Dec
5
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Dec 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

Dec
8
Sat
Meditation: Morning Meditation Retreat @ Carondelet Center
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meditation: Morning Meditation Retreat @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

This morning retreat provides a more extended and focused time to pray as we prepare for the celebration of Christmas. Our morning in silence will include a pattern of sitting and walking meditations, mindful movements, and chanting.

Dec
10
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent @ Carondelet Center
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

This four-step process for being with Scripture in a prayerful manner includes: Reading (Lectio); Meditating (Meditatio); Praying (Oratio); and Contemplating (Contemplatio). Using texts for Advent, 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.

Dec
11
Tue
Group Spiritual Guidance During Advent @ Carondelet Center
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Group Spiritual Guidance During Advent @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Group spiritual direction is a process in which people gather on a regular basis to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of Sacred Mystery in all of life. Participants seek support for their responsiveness to the Holy and agree to support others in their responsiveness as well. In this season of transition between darkness and light in both culture and church, give yourself the gift of three mornings to BE!

This class is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Dec
14
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

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

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

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center
Dec 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Monthly drop-in sessions led by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir: themes that commonly arise, craft techniques, challenges and joys of the writing process, and practices for opening our work to the spirit’s movement. Sessions include writing exercises, examples from leading and emerging writers, lecture, and small group conversation.

Dec
17
Mon
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent @ Carondelet Center
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

This four-step process for being with Scripture in a prayerful manner includes: Reading (Lectio); Meditating (Meditatio); Praying (Oratio); and Contemplating (Contemplatio). Using texts for Advent, 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.

Dec
18
Tue
Group Spiritual Guidance During Advent @ Carondelet Center
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Group Spiritual Guidance During Advent @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Group spiritual direction is a process in which people gather on a regular basis to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of Sacred Mystery in all of life. Participants seek support for their responsiveness to the Holy and agree to support others in their responsiveness as well. In this season of transition between darkness and light in both culture and church, give yourself the gift of three mornings to BE!

This class is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Dec 18 @ 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Noonday Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

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

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Dec
19
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

Dec
21
Fri
Winter Solstice: Beauty in the Darkness: Music for the Longest Night of the Year @ Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, Carondelet Center Campus
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Winter Solstice: Beauty in the Darkness: Music for the Longest Night of the Year @ Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, Carondelet Center Campus | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Exploring mystery, beauty, and hope in music spanning centuries, Lumina creates a richly diverse program from medieval carols to pieces by living and local composers.

Featuring music for Solstice, Advent, and Christmas, these four radiant voices will illuminate even our darkest days.

Jan
9
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Jan 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

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

 

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

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

Jan
23
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Jan 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.