August 11, 2016

Nurturing Prophetic Imagination Retreats

Where is the Spirit at work in this world? A world where people living under occupation are blamed for their own suffering…where black men and women are murdered by police…where many who claim to love Jesus respond to refuge children with threats of violence…where trans folks are attacked for using the ‘wrong’ bathrooms…where children in oil-rich lands look up to the sky in terror…where workers around the world can’t feed their families…and where thousands live on the streets in the richest nation on earth?

Jesus’ life and message confront the oppressions that surround us, but modern expressions of Christianiaty routinely fail to embrace the subversive message of Jesus. How can our churches and communities center around the radical Spirit of Jesus?

If you want to go deeper into a life of faithful resistance to the Empire, consider joining us for “Nurturing Prophetic Imagination”– 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.


We offer Nurturing Prophetic Imagination retreats to teach participants a way of understanding the message of Jesus that helps them break free from the dominant scripts of our society and pursue a different way of life, so that they can thrive as compassionate human beings.

We want to do more than challenge conceptual knowledge, but also equip participants in how they might more practically follow the way of Jesus in the midst of imperial culture. These retreats bring together deeper political analysis with the practice of Christian contemplation so that we might prophetically challenge the ways that our society fosters alienation and death while finding a path to healing and life.

The retreat works through five phases. After an introductory session we explore five themes from the life of Jesus:

  • The Way of Wilderness: How have we been alienated from God, from Creation, and from each other?
  • The Way of Solidarity: How do we begin to experience the presence of Jesus among the oppressed?
  • The Way of Transfiguration: To transform the world, we must first transform our way of seeing the world.
  • The Way of Resistance: How can we, empowered by the Spirit, disrupt the flow of oppression and help wake people to the holy alternatives?
  • The Way through Death to Resurrection: What within us needs to pass away? And what is the new thing God is stirring with each of us?


Daniel Wolpert, a student of the spiritual life, 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 also the author of Leading a Life with God, the practice of spiritual leadership, Creating a Life with God: the call of ancient prayer practices, co-author of Meeting God in Virtual Reality, and The Collapse of the Three Story Universe: Christianity in an age of Science.


Mark Van Steenwyk is the Executive Director of the Center for Prophetic Imagination and the co-founder of the Mennonite Worker. Mark has facilitated workshops, presented at conferences and taught seminary courses around the themes of radical Christianity. He has supported groups around North America to explore the radical implications of Jesus’ life and teaching. Mark is the author of The unKingdom of God: Embracing the Subversive Power of Repentance, That Holy Anarchist: Reflections on Christianity and Anarchism, and A Wolf at the Gate (which is his first book for youngsters).


Zed Jensen is the Programming Director for the Center for Prophetic Imagination and a member of the Mennonite Worker community in Minneapolis. 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.