New books in the library—December 2022

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! December 2022 Celebrate the birth of Jesus and say a prayer that we may achieve world peace someday. 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 Chittister, Joan.  Awakenings.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2022 De Waal, Esther.  The White stone.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021 Kohlhaas, Jacob.  Human families.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021 Lohfink, Gerhard.  The Our Father.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019 McCruden, Kevin.  …

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December phenology

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By Sylvia Marek Phenology is the science of observing and recording plant and animal activities from year to year and their relationship to season and climate.  The following Madison area observations are from notes I have kept over the years.  We would love to hear about your observations here at Holy Wisdom.  Please comment on this post what, where, and the date of your observations. “I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.                       A magical thing and sweet to remember.”    —Oliver Hereford Earliest sunsets of the …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from November 20, 2022

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Sunday of the Fulfillment • Jer 23:1–6 • Col 1:11–20 • Lk 23:33, 34b–43 • November 20, 2022 About twenty years ago when I lived in Minneapolis, I was speeding down Highway 94 to a gathering of Madison friends, running late. And when I say speeding, I mean race-car stuff. A trooper outside Menomonie, looking devastatingly young and earnest under his Smokey hat, assured me that “ma’am, you may think you can control the vehicle at that speed, but you really can’t.” Along with a substantial ticket, I got a court date in Menomonie. And so it was that I …

Interfaith Transgender Day of Remembrance Service

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A diverse group of affirming religious communities spanning the faith spectrum are joining together for Madison’s second annual recognition of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, held this year at Temple Beth El. The planners of this event feel the need to recognize the ongoing harm faced by the transgender community, especially by Black transgender women. Rabbi Jonathan Biatch of Temple Beth El says, “our goal is to elevate, to raise up” toward “the intention and the action of the Creator.” He adds, “acts of memory evoke love, acts of memory evoke action.” Cantor Jacob Niemi adds that “it’s important to …

Julie Melton Receives 2022 Facilitator of the Year Award

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Julie Melton, of Madison, has received the Facilitator of the Year Award from the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW). Melton was recognized for her work at Holy Wisdom Monastery with prairie restoration as well as her environmental education programs.  “I love leading people to a better understanding of how birds are connected to the prairie plants and the whole environment,” she added. President Steve Sample noted that “through her efforts Melton has helped to maintain and increase the Eastern Bluebird population, key goals of our statewide organization.” A fifth grade teacher who got Melton excited about birds is why …

Seeking pastors for the next ECCSR cohort

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Applications are being received for the fourth ecumenical cohort of ECCSR pastors to experience Contemplative Renewal at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Each year, 18 pastors are invited to participate in an experience of deep listening to God, themselves and each other. Pastors report life-changing experiences of connection and deep renewal, such as the comment below: “Spending time in safe and vulnerable community with others who have had similar experiences in the unique vocation of pastoral ministry has been such a fruitful experience – the hours of prayer together with the sisters, the time being held in sacred conversation and listening, the …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from November 6, 2022

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All Saints/All Souls                                                                                      Lynne Smith, OSB Eph. 1:11-23 and Luke 6:20-31 When I saw that I would be giving the homily this Sunday, I knew the Gospel reading on All Saints/All Souls is always the Beatitudes, and I thought, “Blessed are the poor in spirit. I can preach on those.” Then when the time got closer, I actually looked at the texts assigned for today and found that the gospel was Luke’s beatitudes and woes rather than Matthew’s version. Suddenly, I was not so confident. Luke doesn’t spiritualize these as Matthew does, and Luke adds woes. Luke calls blessed those …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from October 30, 2022

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TO KNOW GOD IS TO DO JUSTICE (Isaiah 1: 10-18; 2 Thess. 1:3-4, 11-12; Lk 19: 1-10) Oct. 30, 2022             Our first and third readings today are helpful in answering a question that scholars of religions often pose:  What is distinctive of each of the world’s religions? We understand that each of the religions is a window onto the Holy Mystery that shines through all of them but that cannot be captured by any one of them. But what particular aspects of Holy Mystery does each religious tradition see?  What are the distinctive qualities of the way each experiences …

New books in the library—November 2022

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! November 2022 On the 24th of this month we officially give thanks for the food on our tables, but more importantly, for those sitting around the table with us. Perhaps we should spend more than one day giving thanks.  Why not the whole month?  And while you’re being thankful for what you have and who you share it with, be giving towards those who are not as fortunate. 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 …

November phenology

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By Sylvia Marek Phenology is the science of recording plant and animal activities from year to year and their relationship to season and climate. November events can vary when the month is warmer or cooler, wetter or dryer than average. The following Madison area observations are from notes I have kept over the years. “In that little leaf was all the poetry of fall, The first soft prelude of the symphony just finished. The cycle was complete once more, Now the snows could come.”       -Sigurd Olson Daylight in mid-November decreases to about 9.5 hours of light Daylight saving time ends …