Looking Back: ‘Ecumenical Monastic Life Offers Journey into a New Culture’ (2003) by Erica Thiessen

Brooke Moriarty Benedictine Bridge, Community of Benedict, Interfaith Relations, Living in Community, Looking Back, Monastic Life, Rule of Benedict 1 Comment

In 2003, Erica Thiessen was a novice of Benedictine Women of Madison. In Issue 12 of Benedictine Bridge from Ordinary Time 2003, she wrote this article reflecting on the value of Benedictine life in relation to her own experiences as a Mennonite. I have been journeying into different lands from almost before I was born. My parents were both Russian Mennonite immigrants to Canada. As a family, we traveled to Ghana and Trinidad where my father taught school. In ways, I became a pilgrim, and for much of my adult life, I have lived and worked around the world. Always …

Christian-Islamic Relations Initiated at Holy Wisdom Monastery

Larry Nesper Interfaith Relations, Prayer & Worship, Sunday Assembly Leave a Comment

Larry Nesper is a Sunday Assembly member and serves on the Sunday Assembly Council. Larry is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. * * * * * In the fall of 2010, Al Majkrzak gave a homily that included a call for people in Sunday Assembly to respond to the attacks on Muslim people, for proposing that a Muslim community center and mosque be established near the site of the attack on the World Trade Center.  Sunday Assembly Council took up the call and we contacted the president of the Islamic Center of …