Colleen Hartung’s Homily from August 7, 2022

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And God said to Abram; “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them … So shall your descendants be,” from the book of Genesis.  From the Letter to the Hebrews: “Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore,” from the Letter to the Hebrews.  And from Luke, “… it is God’s good pleasure to give you the dominion.”  The Abrahamic promise of inheritance, dominion and progeny looms large in today’s readings.  …

Madison to Hold First-ever Pride Interfaith Service

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Madison, WI – In solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community, a diverse group of affirming religious organizations and community partners will unite for Madison’s first Pride Interfaith Service on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Madison from 5:00-8:00 pm. This event is open to the public. The planners of this event feel the need to speak queer affirmation loudly. Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Executive Director of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, explains that “for far too long, faith communities have been a source of pain and discrimination for the LGBTQIA+ community.” This event addresses the pain and harm caused …

New books in the library—August 2022

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! August 2022 August is the hottest month of the summer season, although we seem to have had quite a few exceedingly warm days already.  Still time to take in the natural trails at Holy Wisdom.  Oh and bring a water bottle and wear comfortable shoes.    The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Benders, Alison.  Recollecting America’s original sin.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2022 Bracken, Joseph.  Reciprocal causality in an event-filled world.  Lanham, MD; Fortress Academic, 2022 De Waal, Esther.  The White stone.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021 Kohlhaas, …

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August phenology

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By Sylvia Marek Phenology is a science focused on observing and recording biological events from year to year and their relationships to the change of seasons and climate. These are the “normal” phenology events we expect to see here and in the Madison area this month. We would love to hear about what you are seeing on the grounds of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Please comment on this post with what you are observing, where at Holy Wisdom and the date you observed the event. August Phenology I have kept records of August observations for many years. My entries for August …

Holy Wisdom Monastery Receives Grant from the Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation as they Commit to Net Zero Energy Project

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July 22, 2022, Middleton, WI – The Benedictine sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery received a $575,000 grant from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation to help them achieve net zero energy consumption for their campus in Middleton. “This generous grant helps us launch a project to upgrade an aging HVAC system and install new efficient energy systems as we continue to Care for the Earth as part of the sisters’ mission which is rooted in the Benedictine values of stability and respect for all of creation,” explained Charles McLimans, CEO at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Details of …

Patti La Cross’s Homily from July 3, 2022

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14th Sunday after Easter, July 3, 2022                                            Holy Wisdom Monastery Isaiah 66: 10-14; Galatians 6:7-16; Luke 10:10-11,16-20                 Patti La Cross It’s easy to be lulled by these verses from Isaiah. To hear rejoicing, and relax with the image of infant bliss: being held, fed, nodding off to sleep. Then we register its future tense: Jerusalem has been destroyed, and Isaiah is speaking comfort to the exiles. ThIs is also a reading for our time. Today Isaiah can invite us to hold space in our prayer for the anguish of the 89 million persons displaced from their homes around the …

July phenology

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By Sylvia Marek Phenology is a science focused on observing and recording biological events from year to year and their relationships to the change of seasons and climate. These are the “normal” phenology events we expect to see here and in the Madison area this month. We would love to hear about what you are seeing on the grounds of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Please comment on this post with what you are observing, where at Holy Wisdom and the date you observed the event. July Phenology The following July events are from observations I have recorded over the years: Usually …

A legacy of land conservation

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As the sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery celebrated the summer solstice on June 21, 2022 with the many communities that call the monastery home, Mike Carlson, executive director of Gathering Waters, presented the sisters’ community, Benedictine Women of Madison, with a Land Conservation Leadership Award. The sisters received the 2022 Land Legacy Award for their conservation efforts spanning nearly 70 years. “The Benedictine Women of Madison have created a thriving natural area that is a haven for native plants and animals, and a special place that visitors can experience and enjoy. Gathering Waters is grateful to the sisters for their …

New books in the library—July 2022

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! July 2022 Even more summer!  Concerts, parades, picnics, and an opportunity to walk the trails at Holy Wisdom.  Enjoy the sounds of nature but stay on the trails and remember ticks like summer too.    The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Benders, Alison.  Recollecting America’s original sin.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2022 Bracken, Joseph.  Reciprocal causality in an event-filled world.  Lanham, MD; Fortress Academic, 2022 De Waal, Esther.  The White stone.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021 Kohlhaas, Jacob.  Human families.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021 Lohfink, Gerhard.  The …

Winton Boyd’s Homily from June 12, 2022

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Trinity Sunday  June 12, 2022 Winton Boyd  Holy Wisdom Monastery Sunday Assembly  I am grateful for the chance to offer a homily today.  For all of my 23 years in Madison I have been encouraged and inspired by the ministry of Holy Wisdom.   Through retreats, events, projects and hospitality of quiet and beautiful space, this place, you sisters and the mission of this community of communities has been deeply encouraging. It is a bit unnerving to have this theme of the Holy Trinity and this text on Lady Wisdom from Proverbs on my first Sunday.   Maybe not as …