Lenten Lunches 2017
Justice: Bringing the Rule of Benedict to bear on today’s time
Thursdays during Lent, 11:30 am-1:30 pm
The recent women’s marches around the world have raised the cry to attend to the rights of women, people of color, workers, immigrants and refugees, the earth and more. The signs of the times call us to be vigilant and take action when the rights of others are endangered. The Rule of Benedict, based on Scripture, provides wisdom to guide us. Benedict calls living in right relationship “the leaven of divine justice.” Our Lenten lunch series will explore the values of listening, stability, humility, hospitality and obedience that point us to right relationships as we consider what action we might take to work for justice. Come for one lunch or more in the series. All are welcome.
March 9, 2017 – Wisdom’s Call to Justice
March 16, 2017 – Reverence for the Earth
March 23, 2016 – The Diversity of Oneness
March 30, 2017 – The Unboundaried Heart
April 6, 2017 – Obedience as a Response to Wisdom’s Call
March 9, 2017 • Wisdom’s Call to Justice – Rosy Kandathil, OSB
We begin our series by considering the biblical roots of a call to justice that can guide our lives. In Scripture, justice means right relationships. Our first step in building right relationships is listening and attentiveness to ancient wisdom, to people, to the place where we are that opens us to hear the call to justice.
Rosy Kandathil, OSB received her law degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and worked as a trial attorney in the criminal defense division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City for 8 years. She made her first monastic profession with the Benedictine Women of Madison in September of 2015 and is currently completing her masters in scripture and a certificate in spiritual direction at Saint John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, MN.
March 16, 2017 • Reverence for the Earth – Marcos Antonio Colón– PhD. Candidate at UW Madison
Benedict teaches us reverence for all things and stability that leads to working for the good of the local place where we live. Native peoples understood that we are part of creation. What we do to the earth, we do to ourselves. Benedict teaches us reverence for all things and stability that leads to working for the good of the local place where we put down roots. Marcos will share portions of a documentary he is creating about deforestation in the Amazon.
March 23, 2017 • The Diversity of Oneness – Claudia Greco and Lynne Smith, OSB
Being rooted in a place connects us to the whole where all have access to what they need. The North American Benedictine prioresses note: “Moderation, discretion, balance and mutual regard are the hallmarks of the Benedictine way.” Benedict sets out a way of life in community that is humane, moderate and simple. Humility leads to right relationships with the people around us.
Claudia Greco is an oblate of Holy Wisdom Monastery, retreat leader, a spiritual guide and Reiki master.
Lynne Smith, OSB is a sister at Holy Wisdom Monastery, a spiritual guide and formation director.
March 30, 2017 • The Unboundaried Heart – Claudia Greco and Lynne Smith, OSB
Joan Chittister writes that “Benedictine spirituality says that to become whole ourselves we must
learn to let the other in…” Hospitality calls us to risk vulnerability and move from fear to love.
April 6, 2017 • Obedience as a Response to Wisdom’s Call – Claudia Greco and Lynne Smith, OSB
How do our values lead us to action? What are the actions we are moved to take to work for justice where
11:30 am – Registration – Monastery building gathering area
11:45 am – Midday prayer – Monastery oratory
12:00 pm – Lunch – Monastery guest dining room
12:45 pm – Presentation – Monastery assembly room
$25 for each lunch you attend; $125 for the 5 week series
Registration is due one week before the lunch you wish to attend. Lunches are non-refundable, but transferable.