About the Wildflower Worker
The Wildflower Worker is an urban intentional community rooted in South Minneapolis. We draw inspiration from a variety of sources, most notably the Catholic Worker Movement, which was started by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933.
We operate two community houses in the Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Inspired by the way of Jesus, we commit to practicing solidarity, jubilee, sacred contemplation, and resistance.
These practices come in many forms and our expression of these practices will change from time to time.
In 2004, Mark and Amy Van Steenwyk planted a new church in South Minneapolis. It slowly began to grow, but they felt a growing tension between the growing number of commuters from outside the neighborhood with the growing need for hospitality rooted in the neighborhood. Soon they shut down regular services and relaunched as an intentional community.
In 2008, Missio Dei joined the Mennonite Church USA and purchased it's first community-owned community house, Clare House. Along with Mark and Amy's home (Sattler House), the community grew to nearly twenty members and residents, with as many as ten guests at a time. Shortly thereafter, the community changed its name to the Mennonite Worker.
In 2013, we closed down Sattler House and bought our second community-owned house, Simone Weil House, with the help of our ministry partners the Minnesota Institute for Contemplation and Healing. Unfortunately, these were financially difficult times for the community; in 2015, we were forced to sell Clare House. And so it was, a once growing community shrank down to one community house.
At the beginning of 2017, community members Zed and Mark launched a new nonprofit: the Center for Prophetic Imagination to create a more extroverted expression, focusing on education, creativity, and activism. CPI operates out of the lower level of Simone Weil House. And at the end of 2017, community members Zed and Wyatt purchased the house across the street from Simone Weil House and named it "the Catacombs." By that time, we had stopped holding worship services and began to re-envision community life together. With a new house and renewed vision, we changed the name of our community from the Mennonite Worker to the Wildflower Worker.