Steve Zwettler’s Homily from March 22, 2020

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Sunday Assembly Homily Fourth Sunday of Lent 2020 Steve Zwettler First Streaming of Sunday Assembly Liturgy In Time of Coronavirus Pandemic Readings: Chronicles:  2:34-22-33 Ephesians:  5:8-14 John:  9:1-41 “Sight & Light”      Oh My!  What an historic and unprecedented time right now!  Universities closed, schools closed, businesses closed, churches closed, government services closed sporting events closed, the stock market diving, countries closed—-who would have thought that a month ago that we would be experiencing such social and cultural upheaval?  The Coronavirus Pandemic and social distancing have turned our lives upside—-and as we gather for Prayer—thru this gift of technology and …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from February 9, 2020

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5 Ord 2020   •   Is 58:1-9a   •   1 Cor 2:1-12   •   Mt 5:13-20   •   February 9, 2020 Those of us who came to Holy Wisdom as refugees from churches we found oppressive sometimes feel like a community of rebels and misfits.  We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t want to honor the Spirit of the law, but do we really have to obey every stroke of every letter?  The community of rebels and misfits gathered around Jesus may also have chafed at these words of his. What Jesus says next, however, makes clear that he is not trying to create …

ECCSR receiving applications for the next cohort of pastors

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by Nancy Enderle and Jerry Buss, co-directors of the ECCSR Applications have begun to come in for the next cohort of pastors seeking to participate in Contemplative Renewal at Holy Wisdom Monastery. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2020. If you know an early to mid-career pastor who is thinking about applying, now is the time to encourage him or her to do so! In addition to receiving applications for the next cohort of 19 pastors, the ECCSR will maintain connections with the current cohort as they prepare to return for a second, shorter immersion in January of 2020. Following their …

Pathways to wisdom

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“Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for she will be found sitting at the gate. To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding, and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, because she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every …

Scripture Commentary for March 4th (Year B)

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THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT   FIRST LESSON Exodus 20: 1-17   Our reading consists of the first version of the Ten Commandments00repeated with minor changes in Deuteronomy 5: 6-12.  The first four commandments are religious, number 5 a family rule, and numbers 6-10 social rules. The first commandment:  there hasn’t been much need of the first commandment in the West in the last five or six hundred years. The second has given a lot of trouble.  On the authority of this commandment, Puritan types in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries pulled down and destroyed masses of religious paintings and sculpture, …

Scripture Commentary for December 10th (Year B)

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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT   FIRST READING Isaiah 40: 1-11 In 539 BC, Babylon, where the Jews had been held in slavery for fifty years, was captured by the Persians.  The Persians had set about establishing a more stable empire than Assyria or Babylon had been able to effect.  A key policy was tolerance of local customs, governments, and religions so long as the vassal states gave them money and soldiers.  Accordingly, as Second Isaiah has just learned, the Jews are to be released from their captivity and allowed to return to their homeland.  You will hear one of the …

Benedictine Sisters win international Assisi Award for conservation efforts spanning more than 60 years

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The Benedictine Sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery received the inaugural Assisi Award for faith-based conservation at the 28th International Congress of Conservation Biology’s Opening Ceremony on July 23, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia in front of nearly 1,500 attendees. The Assisi Award acknowledges organizations and individuals whose work demonstrates that faith-based conservation is contributing significantly to the common global effort of conserving life on Earth. Sisters Mary David Walgenbach and Joanne Kollasch accepted the award on behalf of their religious community located near Madison, Wisconsin. Their community is the first ecumenical Benedictine community in North America where Catholic and Protestant women …