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The Season of Lent

 Lectio Divina
Mondays, March 27
April 3 &10
10:00 - 11:00 am

Tuesday Noonday Meditation
Tuesdays, March 28
April 4 &11
12:00 - 12:40 pm
Free. RSVP not required

Morning Meditation Retreat
Saturday, March 25
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lenten Awakenings
Fridays, March 24 and 31,
and April 7
5:30 - 6:15 pm
Free. RSVP not required

Holy Saturday Meditation
Saturday, April 15
9:00 - 10:15 am
Free. RSVP not required

Experiencing Hildegard of Bingen: Closing Retreat

Friday, April 21
7:00 - 9:00 pm


Saturday, April 22:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Experiencing Hildegard of Bingen: Medieval Nun, Doctor of the Church, Wisdom Figure for Our Time

Avis Clendenen will explore in greater depth the richness that Hildegard and Carl Jung, 12th and 20th century mystics, bring to us precisely because we need them now more than ever. Avis will draw on technology and the arts, scholarly research, and ritual, with plenty of time for group conversation and engagement.

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Hedgerow Initiative: Women and Christianity

Next Session: March 27
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Women of the Reformation

In every generation women find their voices, claim authority, act creatively, confront heedless power, and participate in the upheavals of their times.

Join creative and resilient women in wrestling with the gospel message today, pondering what the Reformation asks of us in its 500th anniversary year, seeking the holy in a world many label secular, reimagining women’s leadership in our churches.

Syllabus Weeks 1-6

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The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation

Session Five: Tuesday, 3/28
6:30 - 8:00 pm

“You cannot ever say ‘God’ and know what you are talking about, but you can breathe God.” Emptying ourselves of words can help us connect with the generous self-emptying of God.  Breathing meditation will invite new ways to understand suffering.
Read pages 121-147.

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Spiritual Practices

Tuesdays, 1/3 - 6/6
7:00 - 7:40 pm

Men's Centering Prayer
4/26, 5/31, & 6/28
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Walking in Harmony
Fridays, 4/14,
5/12, & 6/9
9:30 - 11:30 am

Winter/Spring 2017 Catalog

Winter/Spring 2017




"I have known a thousand kinds of death:
death of a plant on the window sill,
death of a pet that listened more than a mother,
death of a big dream because I could not find
a big warm room for it in cold weather. . .
Not even one death was kind as it took
without permission.
But all were generous: offering an absence --
a fierce sunset followed by a feared darkness
without which I would never have befriended
the moon,
and the guiding stars in myself."

Generous by Ibtisam Barakat

Register today for events with Naomi Shihab Nye and Ibtisam Barakat beginning Sunday, March 26!

Events with Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye Returns to Wisdom Ways!
March 26 - March 31
The Poetic Conversation of Being Human: A Week with Naomi Shihab Nye

When Silence Speaks: A Contemplative Evening of Poetry and Song with Naomi Shihab Nye and Sara Thomsen
Sunday, March 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

The Work of Words in Troubled Times
Monday, March 27, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
This event is now closed for registration; please call 651-696-2788 to be added to a wait list.

Let Writing Be the First Conversation of Your Day
Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 -9:30 am

The Writer’s Path toward Beloved Community: A Day of Inspiration, Conversation, Embodied Reflection and Writing
Wednesday, March 29, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Poetry as a Conversation with Something Better: A Reading by Naomi Shihab Nye and Ibtisam Barakat
Friday, March 31, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Learn more about additional events with Ibtisam Barakat on 3/30, 4/1, and 4/2 (SPACE LIMITED)

Self-Guided (DIY) Writing Retreat with Naomi Shihab Nye
Sunday, March 26 - Saturday, April 1

Wisdom Ways brings Palestinian-American Poet Naomi Shihab Nye back for a week in residence, opening a rich and daily conversation between the particular and universal, between the world that we live in and the world we want to create.

She will lead five public programs you can attend individually or as a series in a weeklong Ibtisam Barakatself-guided writing retreat with ample time for your own work on the page. Attend one or all of these programs. Discover the poetry of your own life waiting to be spoken to and waiting to reply.

More about Naomi Shihab Nye

From the Heart As It Is

A Spring Harvest of Poems and Songs
Thursday, April 6, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Creation takes place in the dark, but it seeks the light. The darkness is often bewildering, intimidating, but the artist persists.  The theologian James Carse in The Silence of God writes that when we pray, we pray "from the heart as it is" rather than wait until we somehow have our act together before daring to address the Divine Mystery.

This evening of poems and songs, featuring Angela Shannon, Laura MacKenzie, Sharon Chmielarz, and Michael Dennis Browne, explores the journeys we must make on the way to transforming experience into words and notes that contribute to the vastness of our shared world.

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Writing the Sacred Journey: Upcoming Opportunities

Monthly Writing Sessions with Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
Second Fridays: 4/14, 5/12, and 6/9
1:30 - 3:30 pm

April Session:
Living the Questions
Questions pry open possibilities, expose alternatives, ask that we see through new eyes, motivate, open us to love—and are a writer’s best tool.  We’ll explore questions as portals into memory and instruments of revision.

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"Seed Writing" Sessions
Third Fridays: 4/21, 5/19, & 6/16
1:30 - 3:00 pm

April Session:
Living the Questions
Develop your writing as a spiritual practice with these drop-in sessions. We will write spiritual memoir “seeds” from prompts based on a monthly theme, which participants can then develop if they choose.

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Transforming Soul and Society: Spiritual Development Program

September 2017 - May 2019
Accepting applications!

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality, broaden your sense of contribution to community and, if desired, certify you as a professional spiritual guide!

Want to learn more? Attend an information session!

Wednesday, 4/12/17:
10:00 - 11:30 am

Thursday, 4/27/17:
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, 5/11/17:
4:30 - 6:00 pm

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to RSVP for any of these sessions.

Program Brochure
Program Application

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Playing in the Sacred Wilderness

Fiction, Imagination, and Faith
Thursdays, April 20 and 27 and May 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Imagination is necessary for creativity, compassion, human connection, and our relationship with Mystery. In this three-part series, Susan Power will share excerpts from her novel, Sacred Wilderness, offer insights from a Native worldview in which faith, practice, and imagination work in unity, and lead us in using our own sacred imaginations through conversation and fiction-writing exercises.

Writers Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew and Elizabeth Fletcher will join Susan Power in leading this exploration of fiction writing as a spiritual practice.

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Looking Ahead

Readings and Reflections from my Time with Native People: An Evening with Kent Nerburn
Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Event Location:

Unless otherwise noted, events are held at:
Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105


Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet