How do we participate with the Spirit to subvert systems of oppression and death as we work for a just world? And how do we heal the wounds that imperialism has cut into our souls?
Our world is in crisis. Fascism and right wing nationalism are on the rise as we experience the environmental and social impacts of climate change.
The Giant Triplets of Evil named by Dr. King (militarism, racism, and economic exploitation) run rampant across the globe.
Nevertheless, we believe the Spirit is birthing a new world in the shell of the old. As Thomas Merton once wrote to his discouraged friend Daniel Berrigan: “Do not be discouraged. The Holy Spirit is not asleep.
We need prophetic voices now, more than ever. We need to nurture people and movements that will create imagination spaces…where, together, we can imagine the new world that the Spirit is birthing. Where peace and justice dwell.
That is why the Center for Prophetic Imagination exists. To cultivate prophetic witness. And we depend upon supporters and comrades to do this work.
Fleshed out, that means the following programmatic offerings:
▶ Our 2 Year Program in Prophetic Spirituality
▶ Our annual fall conference
▶ Regular retreats and workshops
▶ Continued engagement through social media and our weekly newsletter
▶ Upcoming online courses (like the Spirituality of Empire Course
▶ Explorations in Liturgical Direct Action
(currently focusing on confronting Thrivent Financial for investing in migrant concentration camps)
▶ Custom workshops and retreats
, including our Contemplative Resistance Retreats (which draw upon our Infinity Process
But we can't do this without you. We are at a tipping point of growth where, in order to create more events, engage in more action, and develop ways of supporting prophetic witness, we need to secure new office space and expand our staff hours. We're doing important work at the Center for Prophetic Imagination. But we're doing it with one .5 staff (Mark) and one .25 staff (Joe).
As you can see, with our small budget, every single donation matters.
You can find a fuller 2019 Financial Report on our website
Will you support us as we look to going deeper and wider in our work?
We've set a goal of raising $10,000 by December 15th! With your help, we can more than reach that goal.
In Sacred Subversion,
Mark Van Steenwyk
*Note: Any gift of $10/month or more (or $100 or more per year) will entitle you to membership
in the Center for Prophetic Imagination.