Men's Spirituality

The Welcoming Prayer
Thursday, Spetember 28
7:30 - 9:30 am

To "Let go and let God" requires some type of practice focused on surrendering our well-developed and overprotective egos or false self. The Welcoming Prayer is a simple and practical way to let go of the afflictive emotions that arise regularly.

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More Than a Single Story

Thursday, October 26
6:30 - 8:30 pm

More Than a Single Story is a series of community conversations inspired by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful TED talk, The Danger of a Single Story.

Moderated by Carolyn Holbrook, this conversation invites writers of color and indigenous writers to explore large and small ways they find courage when they need it, and ways that they have given courage to others, often while struggling to maintain their own center.

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Spiritual Practices

9/5 - 12/19

7:00 - 7:40 pm

Men's Centering Prayer
10/18, 11/15, 12/20, & 1/17

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Walking in Harmony
10/13, 11/10,
12/8, & 1/12

9:30 - 11:30 am

Current Art Exhibit

Solomon's Tent
September - November
Osama Esid

Osama Esid: Solomon's Tent

With his Polaroid camera, Esid met and photographed Syrian families living in the Adana refugee camp in Turkey. 

Come meet the residents of Solomon’s Tent and share their dignity amid duress.

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Building hours

11th Annual Myser Initiative

Wednesday, October 4
Saint Catherine University

7:00 pm

The New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Norris will discuss how spiritual grounding and practice can help us in this hectic era of fake news and the manipulation of fear for political ends.


Call 651.690.6700 for more info

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



"Stand my ground,
and run my ground
as the master
of my spirit."

-Ibtisam Barakat, selection from "Stirrings"

Fall 2017 Hedgerow Initiative: Begins Monday, September 25!

Naming the Holy in Our Experience
Goddess and God in the World:
Conversations in Embodied Theology

Mondays, September 25 - December 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

In their new book Goddess and God in the World, pioneering feminist theologians Carol Christ and Judith Plaskow model a process not only for telling their stories but for critiquing and responding to each other’s reflections. We are invited to join them on a theological journey!

In this engaging course, participants will explore the stimulating conversations between these two women and use their process to create their own theological memoirs. Come prepared to read, reflect, engage in dialogue, and write reflections on what has shaped our own theological journeys!

Course instructors include Joan Mitchell, CSJ, Rabbi Esther Adler, Rabbi Sharon Stiefel, and more!


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Awakening Wise Courage

An Evening's Exploration with
Margaret Wheatley and Barbara McAfee

Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
This event will be held at Unity-Church Unitarian

Meg and Barbara at Wisdom Ways in 2011. Matt Blewett Photo CreditHow can we best be present, awake and engaged in this time? Even as our hearts break and our anger and frustration rise, what is courageous action? How do insight and compassion inform our courage?

In different ways, Meg and Barbara have been exploring these questions with many people in many places.  In this evening of conversation, music and poetry, they will share their experiences and invite you to reflect on your own, as together we explore what it means to be both wise and courageously engaged today.

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Writing the Sacred Journey Classes

Introductory Workshop
Saturday, September 30, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew for an introduction to the art and spiritual practice of writing memoir. Spiritual memoir is the practice of listening deeply to our life experiences through the creation of artful, true stories. We will start with the basics, using writing exercises, readings from master writers, and conversation.

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Monthly Writing Sessions
Second Fridays: 10/13, 11/10, & 12/8
1:30 - 3:30 pm

Monthly drop-in sessions led by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir. 

October: Mysticism
Mystical experiences confound us.  We’ll explore literary tricks that help us receive, integrate, recreate, and see the broader context of these encounters with the Ultimate Other.

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Seed Writing
Third Fridays: 10/20, 11/17, & 12/15
1:30 - 3:00 pm

September: Mysticism
Facilitated by Liz Olds

Develop your writing as a spiritual practice in drop-in sessions where we write in community, share writing, and learn tools of the craft.

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Take Ten!

Take ten minutes to rest and reflect!

Sara Thomsen sings "By Breath"

Naomi Shihab Nye reads
"Supple Chord," "Fresh," and "Boy and Egg"

This selection is from When Silence Speaks,
a contemplative service with Sara and Naomi
in March 2017.

Looking Ahead

Writing Through Trauma
Thursday, November 2, 9, & 16, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Fall Soul Conference
Windows in our Walls: Seeing with Fresh Eyes
Friday, November 10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm AND
Saturday, November 11, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm