Initiatives

In addition to special workshops, art projects, and direct actions we offer these regular initiatives:
Prophetic Immersion

Prophetic Immersion is a year-long initiation into the life and ministry of Jesus. Through five intensives, participants re-enact key experiences in Jesus’ life within our own social, environmental, and political contexts. Think of it as a school for prophets.

The Turning

Quarterly, we bring together artists, musicians, poets, and preachers to help us encounter the queer, poor, brown Jesus. The Turning is a spiritual gathering that amplifies LGBTQ+ voices. As the seasons turn, we too will turn to experience the Christ dwelling within each other.

I.P.I.

Introduction to the Prophetic Imagination (IPI) is a three day retreat to help participants break free from the dominant scripts of our imperial culture and begin to find a more faithful, life-giving way of following the way of Jesus in the midst of empire.

R.D.C.

Resistance to the Dominant Culture (RDC) exists to help each of us become fully alive and to share the possibility of more aliveness with those who long for it. It is a 12 step program for those addicted to Empire. By changing our own ways of being, we bring change to our world.

Gene Stoltzfus Library

The Gene Stoltzfus Peace Library is a lending library with nearly 1500 titles and a gathering space open to local activist organizations. The Peace Library also houses the CPI office.

Sacred Subversion Series

Gathering prophetic voices from across North America to challenge the systems and myths that oppress people around the world while, at the same time, offer a compelling vision of community.

Workshops and Webinars

Every month, we offer workshops, training events, or webinars on a variety of topics to “help people turn from the false promises of Empire and embrace God’s vision for the world.”

Why we exist

OUR 7 CORE PRINCIPLES

1 Jesus Christ is our center and example for life.

2 By encountering the living presence of God in prayer and contemplation, we begin to experience the world prophetically, as Jesus does.

3 The prophetic imagination cannot be understood apart from the lived experiences of marginalized and oppressed people—including but not limited to those who are people of color, queer, trans, femmes, gender nonconforming, Muslim, formerly and currently incarcerated, cash poor and working class, disabled, undocumented, and immigrant.

4 Imperial structures and myths seek to alienate us from one another, from the rest of creation, and from our Creator.

5 Therefore, empowered by the Spirit, we will actively resist forces of alienation.

6 As we encounter God in the midst of this struggle, we find new ways of human flourishing, for deep praxis deepens our prophetic imagination and shows us that a new world is possible.

7 We become most like Jesus when we bring our full selves and deepening creative capacity into the task of co-creating the new world.

  • MISSION


    The Center for Prophetic Imagination integrates spiritual formation, creative political action, and experimental education to nurture and guide leaders that call people out of empire to embrace God's vision for the world. We exist to cultivate prophetic witness.

  • VISION


    We are working to live in a world where all walls of alienation are torn down and all people live justly with each other, with the land, and with the Spirit of Life.

  • HISTORY


    Formed in autumn 2016, the Center for Prophetic Imagination grew out of the Mennonite Worker, an urban intentional community and congregation founded in 2004 by Mark and Amy Van Steenwyk. The Mennonite Worker is committed to Jesus' way of hospitality, simplicity, prayer, peacemaking, and resistance.

Who we are

Mark Van Steenwyk
Mark Van Steenwyk
Executive Director
For nearly 15 years, Mark has sowed seeds of subversive spirituality throughout North America. He co-founded the Mennonite Worker in Minneapolis in 2004 with his wife Amy. Mark is the author of That Holy Anarchist, The unKingdom of God, and A Wolf at the Gate.
zed jensen
zed jensen
Director of Programming
Zed has been a part of radical Christian community in California, Australia, and Minnesota. They are passionate about the use of art in every social movement towards liberation, queer/trans rights, redefining what Christianity looks like in the USA and most importantly: playing dress up with friends and family.
 Katherine Parent
Katherine Parent
Board Chair
Katherine Parent is a PhD student at Luther Seminary and an artist-in residence at Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis. Katherine grew up in Nashville and Seattle. After graduating from St. Olaf in 2009 she spent several years studying global Christianity in Norway. In her free time, Katherine likes to sing folk music, cook and spend time in the woods.
Jonathan Stegall
Jonathan Stegall
Board Member
Jonathan is a web and user experience designer living in South Minneapolis with his wife and daughter. He is passionate about connecting design, theology and spirituality, and justice, and looks for ways to pursue justice and join movements within faith community.
Tony Williams
Tony Williams
Board Member
Tony attended Santa Clara University in California, where he was heavily involved in the Unity 4 movement for racial and gender equity on campus. Following graduation, he returned to Minneapolis and went through the Rising Tides organizer training. He works as a community organizer with Neighborhoods Organizing for Change.
Daniel Wolpert
Daniel Wolpert
Board Treasurer
Daniel Wolpert, a student of the spiritual life, has taught in the fields of psychology and spiritual formation for the past 30 years. Co-founder and Executive Director of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing, he’s the author of Leading a Life with God, Creating a Life with God, Meeting God in Virtual Reality, and The Collapse of the Three Story Universe.
Katie Yanike
Katie Yanike
Board Secretary
Katie lives in the Minneapolis Catholic Worker/Rye House intentional community in the Philips neighborhood, where she strives to live with others, love more radically, and understand herself and others more deeply. She also works as a teacher at Joyce Preschool, a bilingual (Spanish-English) preschool in South Minneapolis.

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