New books in the library—February 2021

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! February 2021 We start the month with a new president, continued vaccine rollout and hope.  Stay safe. The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Bonowitz, Bernard.  Truly seeking God.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2019.  Bryant-Johnson, Sherry.  Embodied Spirits.  Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Pub., 2014. Carter, Warren.  Mark.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Casey, Michael.  Grace.  Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2018. Chittister, Joan.  Dear Joan Chittister.  New London, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2019. Chittister, Joan.  The Time is Now.  New York: Convergent, 2019. Consiglio, Cyprian.  Spirit, Soul, Body.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, …

Leora Weitzman’s homily, Jan. 17, 2021

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2nd Ordinary Time  •   1 Sam 1:9b-18a, 20  •   1 Cor 6:12-20   •   Jn 1:35-51   •   Jan 17, 2021 You are in a cave-like holy place. Candles flicker in the stillness. Slowly, slowly, you let yourself sink down… through the layers of struts and scaffolding that held you up through the week so you could keep doing what you had to do… letting those fade away, letting yourself thaw and melt, letting feelings and longings re-emerge. That’s what the candles are for, one for each longing, many of which have no words. Let them in… let them in. And then, …

Patti La Cross’s Homily from the Baptism of Jesus, January 10, 2021

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How welcome today’s Genesis reminder that in the early telling of our ancient history with God, the people knew God in light and life, in order rather than chaos. I trust we share an eagerness for light’s return – as our days lengthen just perceptively, and as we long to see our nation move forward in truth and order, towards justice. I am grateful that today and for this liturgical year Mark is the Gospel we are given to break open. We began Advent with Mark, chapter 13, heard the opening verses the next week, and now return to it. …

Statement condemning violence

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Dear Friends of Holy Wisdom, In hope and unity with our community and the people of our nation and the world, Holy Wisdom Monastery condemns the hateful actions that unfolded in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021.  We mourn the loss of life and the failing trust in our government and renew our commitment to the rights of all. We can do better.  Let us join in prayer for peace and stability after witnessing the lawlessness of yesterday’s actions. We promise to continue to work for just relationships and strive for a culture that allows our nation to live ever …

Podcast Cover Ep 3 ECCSR

‘A Space for Clergy Renewal,’ The Holy Wisdom Podcast

Brooke Moriarty ECCSR, Hospitality, Interfaith Relations, Podcast, Retreats, Rule of Benedict Leave a Comment

Want to be the first to hear every new episode? Click here to sign up for email notifications! Where can pastors and clergy leaders go for spiritual renewal and support? Being a leader in a faith tradition isn’t easy, and it can sometimes be difficult to find peers with the same calling. This need for connection and community naturally led to the formation of one of the newest communities at Holy Wisdom Monastery: The Ecumenical Center for Clergy Spiritual Renewal (ECCSR). Join us in this inspiring dive into the creation and meaning of the ECCSR experience with co-directors Reverend Nancy …

January 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 in January. 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. Characteristics Coldest month Days gradually lengthen Stars are very bright on cold, clear nights Resident birds …

Luke House: serving the hungry with the help of faith communities

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As part of our mission to weave prayer, hospitality, justice and care for the earth into a shared way of life, we strive to live ever more deeply into diversity, inclusivity and equity so that all may be one. With the leadership of the Holy Wisdom Monastery’s Sunday Assembly, donors and volunteers, together we provided more than $4,480 in support of Luke House and their 60-120 weekly guests. Feeding the hungry Luke House provides nutritious and balanced meals to Madison’s most in-need residents – the homeless and hungry.  Through the Luke House community meal program, Holy Wisdom was able to share …

Clearing space

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This fall, coworkers Greg Armstrong, Cortez Mitchell and Amy Alstad, and many volunteers have been clearing the underbrush from several areas on the property. They have opened up the space under a couple of stands of trees on the west side of Lost Lake. Another clearing was opened up along the gravel road to the hermitage. Most of the underbrush in the meadow of young oaks opposite the apple orchard on the hill was mown early this fall. Many volunteers worked for several months to clear out the non-native trees and brush from the kettle on the northeast side of …

New books in the library—January 2021

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! January 2021 Happy New Year and may it be a better year for us all.  Stay safe. The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Bonowitz, Bernard.  Truly seeking God.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2019.  Bryant-Johnson, Sherry.  Embodied Spirits.  Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Pub., 2014. Carter, Warren.  Mark.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Casey, Michael.  Grace.  Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2018. Chittister, Joan.  Dear Joan Chittister.  New London, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2019. Chittister, Joan.  The Time is Now.  New York: Convergent, 2019. Consiglio, Cyprian.  Spirit, Soul, Body.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, …

Hispanic Family Christmas Sharing Project

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Christmas delivered early This past Friday, the Sunday Assembly social justice initiative – Hispanic Family Christmas Sharing Project – provided joy, gifts and food to 35 Hispanic families and their 74 children. Together with more than 30 volunteers and 79 donors we raised $14,262.50.  With these generous gifts, we were able to provide each family with Christmas gifts for each child, Christmas-inspired meal kits from our partner at The River Food Pantry, a $250 Woodman’s Market gift card, chocolate treats and a sweet note offering Christmas joy and blessings from the greater Holy Wisdom family. As one of our co-chairs, …