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Maki Ashe Van Steenwyk

Maki Ashe Van Steenwyk (she/they) is the Director of the Center for Prophetic Imagination in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ashe is the author of A Wolf at the GateunKingdom, and That Holy Anarchist, as well as a contributor to a number of edited tomes and publications. Ashe earned an MDiv from Bethel Theological Seminary, studied Spiritual Direction at the University of St. Catherine’s graduate school, and is currently writing her doctoral dissertation at United Theological Seminary.

Events with Maki Ashe Van Steenwyk

Two hands cup a tongue of fire while breaking chains that bind them. The rainbow flag overlays the image. Queering Spirituality
December 6 - 8, 2024

The world is filled with chains and cages. Though sometimes literal, the most insidious constraints are the ideas and stories that bind our imaginations. Wherever the Spirit is, the spirit subverts—she breaks the chains. Unfortunately, so much of what we call “spirituality” or “religion” serves to press those chains ever deeper into our minds. In this retreat, Ashe Van Steenwyk will guide participants through a process of “queering” spirituality. To “queer” something is to re-examine, deconstruct, or subvert it though a queer lens. It means to pay attention to our deepest longings and listen to the wisdom of our bodies…