Two icons depicting the hospitality of Abraham and Sarah: Abraham & Sarah carrying food and drink and three guests seated at table

Welcoming the future

Lynne Smith, OSB Building Community, Living in Community, Spirituality Articles 3 Comments

In preparing some thoughts on hospitality to share with our Benedictine Women of Madison Board, I came across an article Sister Joanne Kollasch wrote in 1984 for a meeting of the American Benedictine Academy. She includes a quote from a conference by the late Demetrius Dumm, OSB, a monk and Scripture scholar from St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA. It sent my thinking about hospitality in a new direction. Here is what Demetrius Dumm said: In Scripture, the entertaining of guests and the entertaining of strangers is the entertaining of mystery; this is to make room for that which is not …

Sacred Citizenship

Car McGinley 0 Comments

Our political choices are expressions of our moral and spiritual convictions. They enable us to have a voice in preserving our constitutional rights by electing women and men whose decisions will uphold the principles upon which our country was founded. Regardless of whether or not we identify ourselves with a particular religious tradition, to be a person of integrity in today’s world means strengthening our commitment to peace, justice and equality. In this series of two programs we will explore the intersection between politics and the values that shaped our Constitution. Through presentations, resource sharing and opportunities for questions and dialogue, we will …

Sacred Citizenship

Car McGinley 0 Comments

Our political choices are expressions of our moral and spiritual convictions. They enable us to have a voice in preserving our constitutional rights by electing women and men whose decisions will uphold the principles upon which our country was founded. Regardless of whether or not we identify ourselves with a particular religious tradition, to be a person of integrity in today’s world means strengthening our commitment to peace, justice and equality. In this series of two programs we will explore the intersection between politics and the values that shaped our Constitution. Through presentations, resource sharing and opportunities for questions and dialogue, we will …

Hospitality: All Are Welcome at Holy Wisdom Monastery

Mike Sweitzer-Beckman Benedictine Bridge, Hospitality, Sunday Assembly 0 Comments

Hospitality is one of the core values that the sisters live at Holy Wisdom Monastery. One way they do this is by welcoming all to participate in the activities at the monastery. Among the many guests of the monastery, members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer (GLBTQ) communities in Madison and beyond find a place of spiritual comfort and refuge here. Sunday Assembly has a number of gay and lesbian members. Jim Green and Bill Diederich have been worshipping and attending retreats with the sisters since the early 1970s. Bill and Jim recently celebrated their 40th anniversary together …

Sister Asella Returns to Korea

Mary David Walgenbach, OSB Benedictine Bridge, Hospitality, Monastic Life 0 Comments

In June 2009, Sister Asella Kim, a Missionary Benedictine from Seoul, Korea, came to live with the sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery. She was here on a year’s sabbatical after serving a Korean and American parish in New Jersey for six years. Asella has known us since 1994 when she spent four years here learning English and continuing her education. Because Sister Asella is a kindred spirit we count her as part of our community. She especially enjoyed walking in the prairie and working in the garden. She even requested a three-month extension of her sabbatical so she could help bring in the produce …