In addition to special workshops, art projects, and direct actions we offer these regular initiatives:
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.
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.
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.
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 over 1200 titles, a place for monthly documentary viewings, and a gathering space open to local activist organizations. It is located in the lower level of Simone Weil House (a community house co-owned by the Mennonite Worker and the Minnesota Institute for Contemplation and Healing).
Sacred Subversion Series
Featuring authors who combine scholarship with activism, the Sacred Subversion Series gather prophetic voices from across North America to challenge the complex set of systems and myths that oppress people around the world while, at the same time, offering a compelling vision of community.
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.
The Center for Prophetic Imagination offers education, arts, and activist initiatives to help people turn from the false promises of empire and embrace God’s vision for the world.
We work to co-create 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.
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
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