Fall 2016 Theme: Illumine
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Fall 2016 Hedgerow Series

Next session: Monday, 10/24
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Fresh Takes on the
Body of Christ

Presenters: Colleen Carpenter, Mary Lowe

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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Half Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, November 5
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Have you wondered about meditation in the Christian tradition?  Considered a meditation retreat but been concerned that it might be too intense?

If so, this half-day experience might be for you!

The morning will provide an introduction to meditation according to the teaching of John Main, OSB, and a retreat experience of sitting and walking meditation, mindful movements, and chanting.

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Experiencing Hildegard of Bingen: A Multipart Series

Tuesday, November 15
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Session Three
A primary theological view of Hildegard: viriditas, the green-life force. Ecology. Hildegard and Celtic spirituality.

 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.

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

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

Walking in Harmony
Fridays, 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.

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.

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Coloring Meditation

Try one of Bro. Mickey McGrath's coloring meditations as featured in the Fall 2016 catalog. 

Black Madonna

Bro. Mickey says: "Start your coloring time with a prayer and offer it to God as gift. If something is weighing on your mind, don’t dwell on it. Just think about the colors."

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Buy Bro. Mickey's coloring book

Events in the Wider Community

The Women and Money Project
Through December 10
Katherine E Nash Gallery

The Women and Money Project exhibition impacts art, discourse, and public audiences by investigating and engaging our understanding of the relationships of women, art, money, exchange and social hierarchies.

Upcoming Exhibit Events:

-November 1,
4:00 - 5:00 pm: “Women and Their Handbags: A Rich History”

-November 5, 9:00 - 5:00 pm: “Women and Money Project Film Series”

-November 12, 1:00 - 4:30 pm: “The Caring Economy: Transcending the Status Quo”

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“If my sister or brother is not at the table, we are not the flesh of Christ. If my sister’s mark of sexuality must be obscured, if my brother’s mark of race must be disguised, if my sister’s mark of culture must be repressed, then we are not the flesh of Christ. For, it is through and in Christ’s own flesh that the ‘other’ is my sister, is my brother; indeed, the ‘other’ is me…”

-From Enfleshing Freedom, by M. Shawn Copeland, 2009

M. Shawn Copeland will be one of the women theologians at the 2016 Annual Fall Soul Conference.
Register today!

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 seven 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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Dreams: Illuminations of Our Deepest Emerging Self

Friday, November 18, 6:30 - 8:30 pm AND
Saturday, November 19, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

We are part of the 13.8 billion year cosmic story—a mosaic of brilliant fragments. Every night, we are given dreams that serve our own health and wholeness. Every night, we are given dreams that serve our own health and wholeness.  Illuminations, as it were, into our deepest emerging Self. 

Facilitated by Carol Burling and Dennis Galvin, FSC, the intention of this retreat is to support the dreamer's capacity for entering into a deeper relationship with the images, colors, sounds and stories given to us in our dreams.   

Art Exhibit: When Home Won't Let You Stay

October 4 - November 30
Community Conversation: 11/17, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Copyright James A. BoweyThis poignant photography exhibition by artist James Bowey provides a new perspective on the often-hidden lives and compelling experiences of refugees in our communities. Contemporary color portraits are accompanied by first-person stories highlighting the resiliency and challenges of refugees who call Minnesota home.

Week 2 Focus Question and Quote:

“Humanity, take a good look at yourself. Inside, you’ve got heaven and earth, and all of creation. You’re a world—everything is hidden in you.”
-Hildegard of Bingen

What do I believe about others?

More about weekly exhibit questions and quotes


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Marking the Days: Creating Our Way Through Life's Changes

Wednesdays, November 2 and 16 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Wednesday, November 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Only two spaces left!

How do we as human beings cherish, and at the same time let go, when life-changing events turn us in new directions? Come reflect on a major change in your life in a three-part series using guided writing, guided calendar making, and guided book making. Facilitated by Karen Hering and Georgia A. Greeley, you’ll reflect in your own words on your turning point, create a prim stav (a centuries-old calendar system for marking significant days), and make a small hand-sized book to hold both the calendar and your event-inspired writing.

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The Way of Our People: Conversation with D. Richard Wright, Ojibwe Elder

Thursday, November 10, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Join an evening of conversation with author Donald Richard Wright, who observed and studied the ancient ceremonies of the Aboriginal Ojibwe in Little Black River Reserve, Ontario, Canada. Its ceremony maker was a 94-year-old Ojibwe-Cree who lived in the mountains near Edmonton.

Wright wanted to experience and research the ceremonies in order to understand “the fundamental cultural strengths of the Indian who became copious drinkers of alcohol,” he says.  Wright too struggled with alcohol.  “After several years, God showed me salvation . . . and one day in a bar, I told myself I had had enough.  Alcohol addiction became my strength, and, rather than succumb to its negative connotations, I studied chemical dependency and became licensed in the field.

“In the Seminary, I learned God wanted us to live a certain way. In the Indian culture, Creator wants us to live a certain way. Therefore, the book, The Way of Our People.”

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Writing the Sacred Journey: Upcoming Opportunities

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

November 11: Place
What’s your spiritual geography? By writing memories of place—the landscapes of childhood and adulthood, with their unique imprint—we’ll uncover the sacred gifts and challenges of location.  We’ll also explore the role of settings in our stories.

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

November Session
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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Looking Ahead

Lectio Divina: Mornings of Reflection During Advent
Mondays, November 28,  December 5, 12, and 19
10:00 - 11:00 am

Tuesday Noonday Meditation
Tuesdays, November 29, December 6, 13, and 20
12:00 - 12:40 pm

Praying the Advent Names of God
Tuesday, December 6 and 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Advent Day of Contemplative Prayer
Saturday, December 10, 8:30 am - 3:15 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