Health & Wellness

Spiritual Enrichment – May 2021


Spiritual and Emotional Wellness – Tuesdays, May 11 & 17 & Mondays, May 24 & Jun. 7 @ 6:30 PM-8 PM
The Dubuque Franciscans’ Canticle of Creation Center is presenting a series of seven virtual programs about spiritual and emotional wellness. The series’ co-sponsors are the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Lutheran Services in Iowa, Inc. of Dubuque, and Crescent Community Health Center.



Meditations from Mississippi Abbey – Ongoing (VIRTUAL)

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Sinsinawa Mound remains closed to the public for an indefinite period of time for all concerts, meetings, and tours. Many retreats, workshops, and prayer services have been either moved to a virtual. View a list of upcoming events at

Embracing the Chaos: Learning to Love the Difficult – Saturday, May 1 @ 10 AM-12 PM
How often do we feel at the mercy of the events of our lives? Does it seem like the chaos is what is running the show? Participants will explore how what we refer to as chaos is really the substance of our spiritual growth. Tom Roberts, a licensed psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist, will lead our workshop. He specializes in hypnotherapy and mindfulness therapy.

Living Cosmology Reflected in Pope Francis – Saturday, May 15 @ 2 PM-3:30 PM
Our living creation story (or living cosmology) reveals the deep-time values of differentiation, interiority, and communion. These universal dynamics provide a comprehensive context from which to reflect on our tradition’s evolving religious consciousness and teachings. Sister Maureen Wild, SC, will facilitate this miniretreat.

When God Was a Bird – Saturday, May 22 @ 10 AM-11 AM
Author and educator Mark Wallace will present a model of God in Christianity as a creaturely, avian being who signals the presence of spirit in everything, human and more-than-human alike. Buried deep within the Christian tradition are startling portrayals of God as the beaked and feathered Holy Spirit—the “animal God.” Wallace will weave together scripture, theology, philosophy, and personal stories of sacred nature to challenge traditional Christianity’s self-definition as an otherworldly religion and reopen the way for a new Earth-loving spirituality grounded in the ancient image of an animal God.

While the Mound is closed to visitors, Sinsinawa Bakery remains open for online ordering at and Sinsinawa Book & Gift Gallery is available for online purchases at Customers can also place orders by calling (608) 748-4411. Items can be shipped or customers can arrange for curbside pickup between 10 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday.



Scripture In Times of Disruption – Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19 & 26 @ 7 PM
The Scripture in Times of Disruption series offers an opportunity for people to encounter the Bible anew and consider its connection to their own lives. Sr. Sarah is a scripture scholar with a PhD from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and an MA from Catholic Theological Union.

Meditative Photography – Saturday, May 22 @ 9 AM-3 PM
In this program, award-winning photographer David LaBelle offers three lessons on light, timing, and composition; and the importance of slowing down and learning to see beauty in the commonplace. This is a hands-on class using your smartphone camera. Participants will e-mail their day’s photos to David to be included in a slide show at the end of the workshop.

Faith Writers: Monthly Writer’s Group – Tuesday, May 18 @ 6:30 PM-8 PM
Monthly writer’s group allows time to share up to two pages of writing with an opportunity for feedback and critique from other members.

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