MICAH offers ministries for body, mind and spirit including contemplative and silent prayer, meditation, spirituality, spiritual direction, and retreat center.  The Family Practice and Integrative Medicine Center also offers holistic health and healing services including integrative, complimentary, alternative, and natural medicine, replacement therapy, natural healing, natural menopause, bio-identical hormones, and replacement therapy.

 

Faith and Spiritual Practices

Guided Mindfulness Meditation

by Daniel Wolpert

©2017 Daniel Wolpert, all rights reserved

Mindfulness mediation is the process of paying attention to who we are. We allow our awareness of ourselves to deepen. We allow our thoughts and feelings to simply be. Through our mediation we are creating space where we can relax and let go of sensations that may become stuck within us. We are learning to watch, to not react. In this process, we develop a sense of compassion for ourselves. Give yourself permission to practice the technique without a sense of right or wrong.

In this recording, Dan leads a 30-minute guided mindfulness meditation session. During the instruction, there are periods of silence for you to continue the meditation technique.

Listen below or download the mp3.

 

Meditation & Its Benefits
Stress Reduction Through Creativity

by Trey Everett
Workshops presented at the UMC Professional Development Day on Friday, October 28, 2016

Trey was one of the presenters at the 2016 Professional Development Day at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He lead participants in two workshops: Meditation and Its Benefits and Stress Reduction Through Creativity, which you can view below.
View all the presentaitons at crk.umn.edu...

Meditation and Its Benefits

Stress Reduction Through Creativity

 

Spiritual Leadership

by Daniel Wolpert
Lectures presented at the 2013 Academy for Spiritual Formation in LA

©2013 Daniel Wolpert, all rights reserved

5-Day Academy for Spirital FormationThis is a series of 5 talks on spiritual leadership given by Daniel Wolpert at the 2013 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation in Louisiana. The talks focus on how the practice of prayer develops spiritual leadership in a faith community. The work of spiritual leadership addresses the question: how is it that we can allow God, and not our own individual egos, to do the work of the church? Each session is about an hour. Some of the talks begin with a time of silence, which you can join!

  1. Download Session 1 [mp3] 60 MB
  2. Download Session 2 [mp3] 64 MB
  3. Download Session 3 [mp3] 60 MB
  4. Download Session 4 [mp3] 60 MB
  5. Download Session 5 [mp3] 46 MB

 

Spiritual Formation

by Daniel Wolpert
Lectures presented at the 2011 Academy for Spiritual Formation in IL

©2011 Daniel Wolpert, all rights reserved

5-Day Academy for Spirital FormationThis is a series of 5 talks on spiritual leadership given by Daniel Wolpert at the 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation in IL the week of May 2, 2011. The talks focus on how the practice of prayer develops spiritual leadership in a faith community. The work of spiritual leadership addresses the question: how is it that we can allow God, and not our own individual egos, to do the work of the church? Each session is about an hour. Some of the talks begin with a time of silence, which you can join!

  1. Download Session 1 [mp3] 28.1 MB
  2. Download Session 2 [mp3] 28.6 MB
  3. Download Session 3 [mp3] 28.0 MB
  4. Download Session 4 [mp3] 29.5 MB
  5. Download Session 5 [mp3] 27.7 MB

 

Embracing the Mystery of Prayer

by Daniel Wolpert
Lecture presented at the 2010 Spirit Journey Retreat in Texas

©2010 Daniel Wolpert, all rights reserved

This is a recording of four talks given at the Spirit Journey Retreat in Texas in the Fall. The title of the retreat was "Embracing the Mystery of Prayer." The titles of the talks are: The Mystery of Self, The Mystery of the Other, The Mystery of Community, The Mystery of God.

Download to listen [mp3] 3 hours 50 minutes

 

Discipleship in the Church: The Need for Contemplation & Healing

by Daniel Wolpert
Featured on ChristpherBenek.com

©2011 Daniel Wolpert, all rights reserved

Open air altar at MICAHIn our current age, Discipleship – following, or becoming a follower of Jesus – is often framed in terms of what we should do to become a ‘good’ Christian. What are the rules to follow, what does Jesus prescribe. It’s almost like taking medication.

But in Jesus’ time, and throughout most of Christian history, discipleship was not seen as a set of proper behaviors, but rather as a transformative way of life, or way of being. The disciple desires to become like the teacher and as such they must change, fundamentally, from the inside out. This way of life has been called the spiritual life and it is a life of contemplation and healing. It is through these practices that we become disciples; as opposed to just trying to act like disciples. [...]

Continue reading article at ChristopherBenek.com ...

 

Be: LYO Junior High Presentations 2011

by Daniel Wolpert & Trey Everett

©2011 Daniel Wolpert / Trey Everett, all rights reserved

These are two keynote presentations we created for the Northwestern Minnesota Synod Fall 2011 LYO event at the Alerus Center. The theme of the event was "Be".

 

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Health and Spirituality

40 Days for Food Justice

A free online resource supported by MICAH and the Presbytery of the Northern Plains

Rev. MargaretAnne Overstreet, Editor

40 Days for Food Justice Email List

Introduction to "40 Days for Food Justice"

Listen below or download the mp3.

Receive "40 Days for Food Justice" by email:

The “40 Days for Food Justice” project is an online resource available in 2014, each day highlighting one individual offering their perspective on food justice: what food justice means to them and where they see people and communities at work to promote greater food justice.

A full understanding of this phrase - food justice - sometimes eludes people of faith, in part because the number of topics covered by the “food justice umbrella” are so diverse and wide reaching. The “40 Days for Food Justice” project will attempt both to acknowledge the diversity of issues, as well as give concrete, personal examples that will allow users to see the people affected by these issues.

Forty different people sharing their unique perspective on food justice will show online visitors to the project the diverse implications of our food and food policy choices, as well as the ways we each can work for greater food justice. This wide range of topics will include: fair trade, food waste, environmental implications, hunger and poverty, social and racial food inequality, congregational or community food justice projects, SNAP, food pantries and soup kitchens, farm-to-table and farm-to-school programs, biodiversity vs. monocultures, GMOs, school nutrition, fair food campaigns, and many more.

The project will not only provide forty different devotional or teaching resources, but will also provide a leaders’ guide, to help facilitate the use of the project in worship or other congregational settings.

Use the subscription form above to receive each of the "40 Days" in your email inbox; or follow us on Facebook or visit patheos.com/blogs/the40dayjourney for regular updates.

Contact Rev. MargaretAnne Overstreet <meg@aninbetweenplace.us> for more information.

 

Grocery Godmother

June 21, 2013

MICAH's most recent cooking class took a field trip to the farmers' market, where they learned about eating seasonally available produce and the benefits of shopping from local farmers, before returning to the MICAH rural center for a beautiful meal and introductory cooking demonstrations. Participants in the class not only spoke with farmers about their produce and growing techniques, but also learned how to steam, sauté and roast vegetables. The "Grocery Godmother" also visited (via video) to help participants look for healthy options while shopping in the grocery store.

Reflections on the Spiritual Dimension of Illness

by Daniel Wolpert

©2006 Daniel Wolpert, all rights reserved

“I think we’ve just poisoned the earth.”

This comment came to me from a friend who had just learned that her husband, barely 50, has cancer. She has a lot of experience with this illness, being the oldest of four children whose spouses all have cancer.

Her story isn’t unusual anymore. Not a week goes by when I don’t learn of another relatively young person who has this potentially fatal illness. Every week at church the list of these walking wounded grows longer, and our prayers of healing go out into the world.

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Beyond Duality:
A new vision from the perspective of
contemplation, science and faith

by Daniel Wolpert

©2005 Daniel Wolpert, all rights reserved

At the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing we hope to reflect upon issues of the day from the perspective of the practice of prayer and the contemplative experience. Thus, we are presenting this first of a three part series on issues of science, faith, and our metaphysical view of the universe, as seen from the perspective of the Christian spiritual life. We would welcome comments, replies, and further reflections from any readers. Please feel free to share this with others. Please do not use it for commercial gain, and please do give proper credit where credit is due.

It seems that not a day passes when I do not read, or hear, something about the ‘clash’ of science and religion, usually the Christian religion. These two great pillars of our society, having once been partners in supporting our understanding of our universe, and ourselves, now seem to be weapons in yet another war between people who cannot and will not seek to understand each other.

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Society

Peacemaking and Contemplation

by Daniel Wolpert
Presented at the 2015 Peace Summit in Flagstaff, AZ

©2015 Daniel Wolpert, all rights reserved

These are two talk on Peacemaking and Contemplation given by Daniel Wolpert at a forum on peacemaking in celebration of International Day of Peace in 2015. In these talks, Dan addresses issues of peace and violence from a spiritual perspective, examining the origins of human violence and its ubiquitous nature throughout human history and societies. Then he examines how the contemplative path is an antidote to our violent nature and is thus truly a ‘path to peace’ (Proverbs 3:17). Each talk is about 1 hour in length.

  1. Morning Session: Download [mp3] 44 MB
    The Strange Path to Peace: Going Inside and the Contemplative Way
  2. Afternoon Lecture: Download [mp3] 38 MB
    No Justice No Peace: How Does Peace Flourish in a Fallen World?

Listening to Jesus:
On poverty, wealth, and a Christian approach to our economic life

by Daniel Wolpert

©2011 Daniel Wolpert, all rights reserved

Worldwide nearly a billion people live in a constant state of economic destitution with several billion more living in conditions of immense suffering and debilitating poverty. Economic problems are everywhere and often they seem to be getting worse rather than better.

In response to such economic difficulties and destitution, certain voices in the Church have tried to wage a campaign against poverty. Under the cry of God’s justice, the “war on poverty” has been preached from pulpits, written about in books and magazines, and has been the focus of entire conferences and gatherings. Yet much of this talk has either fallen on deaf ears or hasn’t made any significant change in our economic life together.

The question I want to address here is whether or not the standard American Christian approach to the issue of poverty is fundamentally misguided. Are we tackling this issue in a way consistent with God’s justice, or have we simply missed the point altogether?

Download article to continue reading [PDF]

 

Congregational Discernment:
Finding God's Way Together

by Teresa Blythe

©2010 - As published in The Clergy Journal, Sept/Oct 2010

Our friend Teresa Blythe (www.teresablythe.net), spiritual director, author, teacher, retreat leader, has written a great article on corporate discernment for churches

"Discernment is easy to recommend and difficult to do. Experience and understanding of God varies widely among individuals and congregations, making communal discernment a challenge, but one that is well worth the energy."

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What is Enough?
A Year of Paying Attention to Shopping

by Susan Woodbridge

Susan Woodbridge, the massage therapist at our Integrative Medical Center, told us about her decision to spend a year buying only what she needs. We are very excited about this adventure and wanted to share it with you. So, Susan has agreed to write a monthly note chronicling her experience. What does she notice? What is it like to become free from compulsions to buy? What is the source of happiness and contentment?

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