Everyday Prophets: How Small Acts of Courage and Compassion Change the World (Retreat)

“When we think ‘prophetic’ we need not always think grandly about public tasks. . . It is the vocation of the prophet to keep alive the ministry of imagination.” ― Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination

Being called a prophet may seem beyond the ordinary circumstances of our everyday lives. But what if it’s true? What if something needs to be done to confront the world’s numbness, and we’re the ones to do it? Even small acts of compassion and courage inspire hope. S. Kathleen Atkinson OSB and Rev. Zanne Ness are seasoned partners in ministry and skilled guides in awakening the imagination of ordinary people so that we might create more compassionate, just communities. Settle in to the prayerful monastic rhythms of St. Paul’s Monastery for a weekend, exploring how you are uniquely and meaningfully called to make a difference in the world. The retreat begins with Friday night’s presentation and continues through Sunday. Come for a prayerful and inspiring experience.

Being an everyday prophet begins with imagining What if . . .?

  • What if we allowed ourselves to see our work in the world as ministry?
  • What if we experimented with letting go of our need for certainty?
  • What if we stood free and hope-filled in a world gone fearful?
  • What if we practiced being bold and tender and joyful?
  • What if we allowed ourselves to think, imagine, dream, and envision a future that God will yet enact?


Sr. Kathleen and Rev. Ness will also lead a one-day workshop on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 9a to 3p: Beyond Fear: Helping Communities Choose Welcome. Register here for the Thursday workshop.

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Location: Benedictine Center

Address: St. Paul's Monastery 2675 Benet Road St. Paul, MN 55109

Date & Time Details: Fri., Feb. 28, 7p, thru Sun., Mar. 1, 1p

  • Retreat (commuting) – $75.00
  • Retreat, Single Room – $200.00
  • Retreat, Shared Room (two single beds) – $150.00
  • Handicap Accessible – $200.00

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