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December 2016

What Child is This: The Nativity Story in Scripture and Art

December 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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What Child Is This?: The Nativity Story in Scripture and Art will deeply enrich our preparation for and experience of Christmas. The “infancy narratives” in the gospels of Matthew and Luke may be so familiar for many of us that we miss their complex and multilayered meaning and significance. In this three-part program we will explore these stories through the twin lenses of contemporary biblical and theological scholarship and sacred art. Among our themes: the genealogies of Jesus; the historical,…

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February 2017

Dances of Universal Peace

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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The Dances of Universal Peace are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of many spiritual traditions, the Dances blend chant and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace, and integration. Simple, meditative, and joyous, they combine simple dance movements, usually performed in a circle, with singing or chanting of a key or sacred phrase from the spiritual traditions. Some dances are lively and joyful, others slow and meditative.  Slow or fast, they…

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March 2017

A Lenten Retreat focusing on the Passion of Christ

March 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Upper House, 365 East Campus Mall #200
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Sisters Rosy Kandathil and Lynne Smith will lead this retreat at The Upper House in downtown Madison as an outreach to students and others on the campus. The retreat is open to people beyond the campus and there is no cost. The retreat will provide a window into the Rule of Benedict in preparation for Easter, with a particular focus on personal preparation and the Passion of Christ. Register now or learn more.

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Centering Prayer I Meditation: The Basics

March 22 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 22, 2017

Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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This is a Spiritual Deepening Council Associate Program.  Learn more For those new to Centering Prayer or who desire a review of an Introductory Workshop, this series of six classes will look to Christian meditation as a means of transforming consciousness. Winter class: 6 Wednesdays; 3:30-5:00 pm January 11, 25; February 8, 22; March 8, 22, 2017 To find out more and register go to: http://www.contemplativepresence.org/new-products/the-basics-i  

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April 2017

Lenten Lunches

April 6 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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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…

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Listening With the Ear of Your Heart: Bridges to Contemplative Living series

April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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New people welcome! This is a Spiritual Deepening Council Associate program.  Learn more Using the Bridges to Contemplative Living booklets of short, inter spiritual writings by Thomas Merton and other interfaith authors, this series of eight small group gatherings is a rich process of listening, conversing, and shared companionship for the spiritual journey. Booklet #7: Adjusting Your Life’s Vision Winter class: 8 Wednesdays; 1:00-2:30 pm January 11, 25; February 8, 22; March 8, 22; April 5, 19, 2017 To find out…

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Spiritual Direction as Contemplative Practice

April 19 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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This is a Spiritual Deepening Council Associate program.  Learn more Within each of us lies a yearning and a deep desire to find meaning in our lives, grow closer to God, and come to know our True Self.  Since the earliest centuries of Christianity, spiritual ammas and abbas (mothers and fathers) have served as spiritual directors—encouraging others in their search for God. This 2-session offering will particularly look at “spiritual direction for contemplatives”. Open to those currently serving as Spiritual…

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Discernment and the Spiritual Life: Prayer, Mindfulness, and Community

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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In the midst of life's mysteries and difficulties, the process of sorting through our feelings, experiences, and choices can be challenging. How do we make those choices? What is discernment? How is discernment practiced within the spiritual life? Gaining insights from such stories as Jesus’ temptation in the Gospel of Luke and others, we will explore these questions as we experience the process of discernment through lectio divina (divine reading), contemplative prayer, community, and mindfulness. Lunch is included. Dr. Andre B.…

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Contemplative Movie Night

April 25 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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Journey of the Universe: The Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation    This is a Spiritual Deepening Council Associate program.  Learn more An original project of the American Teilhard de Chardin Society, this film guides us through an exploration of “cosmic and Earth evolution as a profound process of creativity, connection, and interdependence.” Drawn into the deeper questions of “What role do humans play in this 14-billion-year process?” and “How do we connect with the intricate web of…

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May 2017

The Forgiveness Path: Self-care for a Wounded Heart

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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When you have been hurt—physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually—forgiveness can be a gift to the perpetrator; but more importantly, it is a healing gift to offer yourself. Forgiveness is a journey and at times, an adventure. How do we forgive people in our lives, whether living, deceased, loved ones, enemies, or strangers who have hurt us? How do we forgive institutions or leaders within institutions that do harm to us or others? Together we will explore forgiveness as a spiritual practice and…

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