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 Christianity routinely fail to embrace the subversive message of Jesus. How can our churches and communities center around the radical Spirit of Jesus?
To help people reconnect with the Spirit’s work in the world, we offer weekend intensives called “An Introduction to the Prophetic Imagination” (IPI for short). We offer IPI 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.
IPI does more than challenge conceptual knowledge, but also equips participants (by bringing together group discernment, contemplative practice, reflections on Scripture, and political analysis) to practically follow the way of Jesus in the midst of imperial culture.
UPCOMING IPI WEEKENDS
Introduction to Prophetic Imagination in Minneapolis
Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:00 PM – Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM (CDT)
This will be our usual urban-based IPI weekend. Location in Minneapolis will be selected based upon number of registrants. Food will be provided. Limited lodging available upon request.
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Introduction to Prophetic Imagination in Iowa City
Thursday, August 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM – Saturday, August 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM (CDT)
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Introduction to Prophetic Imagination at the MICAH Retreat Center outside of Crookston, MN
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:00 PM – Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM (CDT)
Located on over 200 acres of rolling prairie, quiet woods and refreshing river banks, the MICAH Retreat Center offers a place to seek God without noise, rush and stress. The facility, offers a large, modern kitchen, inspirational main room, small conference room, and peaceful living quarters with beautiful views of the Red River Valley. Lodging and food will be provided.