What is contemplation? At it’s core, it is a way of perceiving reality…experiencing the world as bathed in the Presence of the Spirit. Jesuit theologian Walter Burghardt once described contemplation as taking a “long, loving look at the real.”

Practically speaking, contemplation involves a lot of silent practice, mindfulness, and stillness. It can seem challenging to those unfamiliar with it, but there isn’t a “wrong” way to do contemplation.

Each week will provide a short teaching time (6:30-7:00), Centering Prayer (7:05-7:30), and will conclude with a time of group processing.

Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Mystic Mondays is hosted at Simone Weil House (2420 11th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55404).

Early on, Mark Van Steenwyk and Daniel Wolpert will facilitate, but we hope to add guest teachers and facilitators as things progress.

Daniel Wolpert has taught in the fields of psychology and spiritual formation in numerous settings. The co-founder of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing, he is the author of Leading a Life with God, Creating a Life with God, The Collapse of the Three Story Universe, and co-author of Meeting God in Virtual Reality. He works as a spiritual director in private practice and through the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.

Mark Van Steenwyk is the executive director of the Center for Prophetic Imagination. Mark is the author of The unKingdom of God, That Holy Anarchist, and A Wolf at the Gate. Trained as a pastor and spiritual director, he explores the intersections between deep spirituality and radical politics. For over 15 years, Mark has engaged with communities around the continent as a teacher, organizer and spiritual provocateur.