Fall 2016 Theme: Illumine
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Prairie and Poetry

September 24, 2016
Belwin Conservancy


Fall 2016 Hedgerow Series

Next session: Monday, 10/3
6:30 - 8:30 pm

The Easter Experience: Mary Magdalene (John 20:10-18)
Presenter: Joan Mitchell

Women’s resilient faith sustains and enlivens the Christian community.  It’s time to hear what women have to say and teach.

Join in exploring and transforming the Christian doctrine too often used to oppress women.

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Evolving Into the Fullness of Love

Thursdays, 10/6 and 10/20
10:00 - 11:30 am

Session Two:
The Life of the Planet

Let’s make the journey of the universe even more tangible by noticing it beneath our feet.

Minnesota’s rich soil, bodies of water, and rock formations contain stories of tropical heat, volcanoes, and glaciers. Touching and meditating on the soil, water, and rocks around us will reveal this natural history.

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Experiencing Hildegard of Bingen: A Multipart Series

Tuesday, October 18

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Session Two
Spirituality & mysticism

 Facilitators Mary Kaye Medinger and Edward Sellner will explore Hildegard from a Jungian perspective, provide an overview and key ideas of Jungian psychology, and discuss the interplay of light and shadow and the dark side of God.

Required book, reading list, monthly topics, and series dates

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Spiritual Practices

Tuesdays, 9/6 - 12/20
7:00 - 7:40 pm

Men's Centering Prayer
Wednesdays, 9/28, 10/26, 11/23, & 12/28
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Walking in Harmony
Fridays, 10/14,
11/11, & 12/9
9:30 - 11:30 am

Transforming Soul and Society

Learn more about our Spiritual Development Program
Transforming Soul & Society

Our next session of Transforming Soul and Society will be held September 2017 - May 2019. Registration will open September 2016.  Want to learn more? Attend an information session!

Wednesday, 11/16/16: 
10:00 - 11:30 am OR
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Saturday, 1/28/17:
9:30 - 11:00 am

Tuesday, 3/21/17:
4:30 - 6:00 pm

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

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

Mizna's Twin Cities Arab Film Festival

Mizna's Twin Cities
Arab Film Festival

September 29 - October 2

The festival opens on Thursday, September 29, with the Tunisian film As I Open My Eyes and closes on Sunday, October 2, at with the Egyptian film Before the Summer Crowd.

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“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Emergence of Islamophobia and the Importance of White Allies

Thursdays, October 6 and 20
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Facilitated by Khaldoun Samman, these classes will consider the increased fear of Muslims and how this fear is deeply penetrating popular identity and giving rise to a fascist-like movement that threatens to tip us into a deep dive of racism that will be hard to overcome.  White allies are critical to speaking up and intervening to stop the new racial formation from its horrific objectives.

Come be part of two sessions that will analyze the movement of Islamophobia  and how it is transforming political and national identities.  The sessions will invite you to play a role in preventing others from being pulled into this frightening new racial formation.

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The Ethic of Inclusion: Getting

Wednesdays, October 12, 19, and 26
6:30 - 8:30 pm

During this highly politicized election year when exclusionary rhetoric often “shuts down” genuine conversation and cynicism too often “passes” for wisdom, come explore what is meant by “the ethic of inclusion.” Over a 3-week period, Mari Ann Graham will lead us in reflection on not only how we get stuck but how we can get un-stuck so that we can engage in more authentic conversation with others who have very differing views.

With readings and experiential work, this practical, transformative series will engage your intellect, emotions, passion for justice, and spirit.

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Fall Soul Conference: A Festival of Women's Voices on Jesus

The Strength of Her Witness: Theology in Women's Voices

Friday, October 28, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
(O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Catherine University)

Saturday, October 29, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
(Carondelet Center, Wisdom Ways)

“What difference do women’s voices make in interpreting the meaning of Jesus Christ today?” Through conversation, ritual, and music, we will immerse ourselves in edgy, rich, diverse and even contradictory ideas and insights with Elizabeth Johnson and sevem women who contributed to her newest book, The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in Global Women’s Voices.

Come hear women theologians who seek to loosen the shackles of patriarchal structures and liberate all persons and creation with fresh theological perspectives on Christology.

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Register for Saturday

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The Grace in Aging for Men

Wednesdays, 9/28, 10/5, 10/26, 11/2, 11/30, & 12/7
7:30 am - 9:00 am (Note morning time)

There is tremendous need and capacity for men to enter into their aging with deliberation and even grace, especially after having been grounded in spiritual awareness and practice.  This fall series will explore men's time of life related to aging guided by Kathleen Dowling Singh's powerful guidebook, The Grace in Aging. Our gatherings will combine sharing from the book, personal and group reflection, and practical ways in which aging men can find support towards intentional aging.

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Writing the Sacred Journey: Upcoming Opportunities

Monthly Writing Sessions
Second Fridays:10/14, 11/11, & 12/9
1:30 - 3:30 pm

October Monthly Session: Holy Play
Writing brings us the best surprises when we don’t take ourselves too seriously!  We’ll use whimsical entries into memory, learning how to shake off the inner critic and welcome the unexpected and ever-creating spirit.

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Introductory Workshop
Saturday, 10/8, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew for an introduction to the art and spiritual practice of writing memoir. What makes memoir spiritual?  How can the practice of writing memoir support spiritual growth? We will start with the basics, using writing exercises, readings from master writers, and conversation.    

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"Seed Writing" Sessions
Third Fridays: 10/21, 11/18, & 12/16
1:30 - 3:00 pm

October Session
Holy Play
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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Coloring Meditation

Seeking calm?

Martha and the DragonTry one of Bro. Mickey McGrath's coloring meditations that were featured in the Wisdom Ways Fall 2016 catalog. 

Bro. Mickey says: "Start your coloring time with a prayer and offer it to God as gift. Light a candle. I recommend at least 15 minutes, but take more if you can.  If something is weighing on your mind, don’t dwell on it. Just think about the colors. If you customarily keep a journal, think of this time as journaling, especially if you don’t feel like writing. Express yourself, don’t censor yourself!"

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Buy Bro. Mickey's coloring book

Looking Ahead

Marking the Days: Creating Our Way through Life's Changes
Wednesdays, November 2, 9, and 16,  6:30 - 9:00 pm

Half Day Meditation Retreat
Saturday, November 5, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Way of Our People
Thursday, November 10, 6:30 - 8:00 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