Art gallery guidelines and call for submissions

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Submissions due Monday December 16, 2019 for the 2020 exhibit. Benedictine Women of Madison at Holy Wisdom Monastery sponsor two art exhibits every year as part of their mission. Held in the spring and fall, these exhibits hang in the Gathering Area of the LEED-certified monastery building. Selected artwork is in keeping with the monastic environment and reflects the Benedictine values of beauty, balance, simplicity, contemplation and reverence for creation. Exhibits at Holy Wisdom Monastery seek to: Highlight creativity as an aspect of our spiritual lives Encourage a ‘new way of seeing’ by the viewer Open our space to the …

Rex Piercy’s Homily for November 3, 2019

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The Habits of the Saints (Text is Luke 6:20-31) A sermon preached at the Sunday Assembly of Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI, on the Feast of All Saints/All Souls, Sunday, November 3, 2019 I bring you greetings from the good people of the congregation of Hanapepe United Church of Christ on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where I serve as the part time intentional interim minister. I came home this past Tuesday just in time for a Wisconsin Halloween snowstorm. I will be returning to Kauai in January and choosing between a Wisconsin winter and perpetual summer is not hard …

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 …

David McKee’s Homily from October 27, 2019

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October 27, 2019 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14     Being an old Catholic boy, I need to begin with a confession.  I confess that  I’m using today’s well known reading from Luke as a pretext to talk about some concerns that have been pressing in on me for some time now:  you know, some small, superficial things like loss, grief, pride, humility, denial, hope, and maybe even death.  These are all part of preaching on a subject that hasn’t been talked about all that much from this pulpit:  the …

New books in the library—November 2019

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! November 2019 Blustery winds stir bare tree branches. Piles of leaves and grinning jack-o-lanterns line the curbs. Plumes of smoke waft from chimneys and geese honk overhead as they make their way to warmer climes. The newspapers are full of Christmas ads…It must be November! It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to turkey dinners, pumpkin pies, and Black Friday shopping. Have I forgotten something? Besides football games? Yes! November is the month to be thankful for all the above and for all we’ve received throughout the year and throughout …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from October 20, 2019

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29 Ord 2019   •   Gen 32:22-31   •   2 Tim 3:14-4:5   •   Lk 18:1-8   •   Oct 20, 2019 “Beware, O traveler, for the road is walking too.” This wonderful line from Rilke resonates with the rapid and profound changes happening all around us.  The weather is behaving in new ways.  The media is utterly unlike its old self.  Government and business—if they merit two separate words any more—rewrite their own rules day by day.  The ground truly is shifting under our feet, even as we pursue our own journeys over that ground. The ground was shifting under Jacob’s feet as well.  …

Spirituality on the prairie

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“When we enter the landscape to learn something, we are obligated, I think, to pay attention rather than constantly to pose questions. To approach the land as we would a person, by opening an intelligent conversation. And to stay in one place, to make of that one, long observation a fully dilated experience. We will always be rewarded if we give the land credit for more than we imagine, and if we imagine it as being more complex even than language. In these ways we begin, I think, to find a home, to sense how to fit a place.” – …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from October 6, 2019

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Homily:  6 October 2019 Joseph Wiesenfarth Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4;  2Timothy 1-14; Luke 17:5-10     Today’s readings have unpleasant tidings for the here and now.  Habakkuk has to live with his sinful contemporaries as well as with destruction and violence.  The appointed time for him is in the future, not the time of his writing.  Paul tells Timothy that he, Paul, is suffering for the gospel and needs Timothy to come to him and await the promise of life as he himself awaits it.  Jesus tells his followers who ask for a stronger faith that without it they are like …

October phenology

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Heron on Lost LakePhenology is a science focused on observing and recording biological events from year to year and their relationships to the change of seasons and climate. These are the “normal” phenology events we expect to see here and in the Madison area this month. We would love to hear about what you are seeing on the grounds of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Please comment on this post with what you are observing, where at Holy Wisdom and the date you observed the event. October Phenology The following favorite observations are from notes I have kept for many years. October …

New books in the library—October 2019

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! October 2019   More than 1,500 years ago, Benedict of Nursia wrote the Rule, a guide to living in community. Benedict’s Rule concentrated on hospitality, prayer, community life and how to create a balance among these different dimensions of life. The Rule proved to be timeless. It still has something to offer Christian women and men today.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collections:   A Benedictine Reader.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2019. Bstan-dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV.  The Heart of Meditation.  Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 2016. Casey, Michael.  Balaam’s …