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“Raj’s Journey with the Sisters & the Holy Spirit at the Monastery,” The Holy Wisdom Podcast

Allie Christensen Podcast, Sunday Assembly Leave a Comment

Want to be the first to hear every new episode? Click here to sign up for email notifications! Through understanding others, we can better understand ourselves. Glean insight from Rajai Atalla’s story and his spiritual journey with the sisters of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Learn what he understands about the holy spirit and the direction he believes the Christian church will move toward in the future. Where to Listen? You can listen to The Holy Wisdom Podcast at any of these online locations: Our Blog, under the “Podcast” Category Anchor.fm Apple Podcasts Breaker Google Podcasts Spotify RadioPublic PocketCasts

Give Back with a Backpack

Amy Bonomie Hispanic Ministry, Justice, Sunday Assembly Leave a Comment

Give Back with a Backpack goal reached In joyful outpouring of financial and in-kind contributions, we are excited to share that the Give Back with a Backpack project campaign reached the goal of donating 40 backpacks to Midvale Elementary School students.  Donors A special thank you to the many donors who supported this social justice Hispanic/Latinx ministry.  Due to the financial generosity, we were also able to purchase 40 early-reader books in both English and Spanish. Sandy AdamsAnonymousAmy BonomieSue and Charles BradleyElise DuweJanine EdwardsKathy and Neil HeskinHoly Wisdom Oblates Candidates Class of 2021Joan SullivanJoyce and Gary WodkaSue KoleczekMarcia KraterAbbie LoomisCharles …

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“Jerusalem as the Ultimate Ecumenical Place,” The Holy Wisdom Podcast

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Want to be the first to hear every new episode? Click here to sign up for email notifications! Rajai Atalla grew up immersed in what it truly means to be ecumenical. He was born in Jerusalem, a spiritual city important to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. In this podcast, he describes how the prominent religions affected the culture and how his grandmother influenced his relationship with the divine. Where to Listen? You can listen to The Holy Wisdom Podcast at any of these online locations: Our Blog, under the “Podcast” Category Anchor.fm Apple Podcasts Breaker Google Podcasts Spotify RadioPublic PocketCasts

Kids On the Prairie Is Growing

Holy Wisdom Monastery Care for the Earth, Children's Ministry, Friends of Wisdom Prairie, Kids on the Prairie, Sunday Assembly Leave a Comment

By Julie Melton, Sunday Assembly, Friends of Wisdom Prairie Click on images to watch slideshow After a year-long break due to Covid-19, Kids On the Prairie returned in April and May. What a great return it has been! More than 20 adults and children participated each month. Care for the Earth is a Benedictine value enacted at Holy Wisdom Monastery by the Friends of Wisdom Prairie and many others. Kids On the Prairie is one of the environmental education activities that we support to promote this value because Earth’s future depends on children respecting the environment. We want to nurture …

Kids on the Prairie: Surprise and Awe

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By Julie Melton, Sunday Assembly member and Friends of Wisdom Prairie Council member What happened last Sunday morning was the perfect return to our Kids On the Prairie walks. Twenty-two parents and children spent an hour and a half exploring nature’s beauty and surprises. To start with, everyone got a hand lens. The small plastic lenses were nothing special, but they signaled that there is something special hidden in ordinary places: three cold spiders on a piece of old dried wood, a tiny bee on a dandelion, and little bugs on Nannyberry shrub buds and apple blossoms. These wonders and …

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‘Holy Week: Origins and Traditions,’ The Holy Wisdom Podcast

Brooke Moriarty Monastic Life, Podcast, Prayer & Worship, Sunday Assembly Leave a Comment

Want to be the first to hear every new episode? Click here to sign up for email notifications! This month, Sister Lynne Smith and Lynn Lemberger return to talk all about Holy Week. Lynn gives us an overview of the history, including a first-hand account from a woman’s travel journal of Roman celebrations. Learn why Palm Sunday is named after palms, and the significance of this week leading up to Easter. Meanwhile, Sister Lynne shares the traditions we normally hold throughout this week. Maybe you can bring some of these celebrations to life in your own home! Where to Listen? …

Alison Long’s Homily from May 10, 2020

Holy Wisdom Monastery Homilies, Prayer & Worship, Sunday Assembly, Uncategorized 2 Comments

I have to admit, I was hoping to draw a simpler scripture for my first homily. Maybe a parable or something really easily hopeful considering how heavy the world feels right now. But here we are. An initial reading of these three scriptures is a little grim. We start with the stoning of Stephen and then move into two scriptures that pull pretty heavily on house imagery – which probably feels more hospitable outside of our current safer at home situation, when many of us are longing to be anywhere else. Plus, we get a familiar clobber verse in John …

Holy Wisdom Monastery announces next CEO

Holy Wisdom Monastery ECCSR, Friends of Wisdom Prairie, Media Coverage, Oblates, Sunday Assembly, Uncategorized 8 Comments

Middleton, WI, May 8, 2020 – The Benedictine Women of Madison Board of Directors at Holy Wisdom Monastery is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles P. McLimans as the organizations next Chief Executive Officer. He will join Holy Wisdom Monastery on July 1, 2020. Charles McLimans currently serves as president and CEO of The River Food Pantry where he oversees all organizational strategies, while facilitating collaborative opportunities to achieve a fully nourished community. Prior to The River, McLimans served as the president and CEO of anti-hunger organizations including Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin—Wisconsin’s largest food bank—and Loaves and Fishes Community …

Living our intention

Lynne Smith, OSB Living in Community, Sunday Assembly Leave a Comment

“Ceremony focuses attention so that attention becomes intention. If you stand together and profess a thing before your community, it holds you accountable.” Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass, p. 249. On July 15, 2018, we celebrated the first profession of Denise West as a sister at Holy Wisdom Monastery during the Eucharist on Sunday morning. Denise has been with us about three years, and this is the next step in making a commitment to community life with the sisters at Holy Wisdom. Benedictines are good at ceremony; we call it liturgy or ritual. In the profession ritual, Denise stood before …

We are the Body of Christ

Lynne Smith, OSB 65th Anniversary, Living in Community, Sunday Assembly 6 Comments

One of the experiences that profoundly shaped my life as a sister at Holy Wisdom Monastery was the listening sessions we held in October of 2005 with members of Sunday Assembly to hear your input and concerns about the future of Sunday Assembly. The issue we were grappling with was how we would conduct Sunday worship as an ecumenical community. The sisters had discussed this matter for several years with our Ecumenical board. We laid several options on the table. Each sister could go to her own denominational church. We could go as a group to churches of various denominations …