Patti La Cross’s Homily from November 24, 2019

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Sunday of the Fulfillment 11/24/19                                         Holy Wisdom Monastery Jeremiah 23:1-6; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43           Patti La Cross     I won’t be focusing this reflection on the first reading. We are all quite aware that not all who have assumed power since the earliest civilizations could or – desired to – unite those they ruled.   Today, in this day we are given, let us accept Paul’s prayer for the Colossians, and all with whom it is shared. Let us explore how we come to know and experience a life of joy and gratitude in Jesus the Christ.  Let’s revel …

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 …

Stability

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The sisters spoke on a panel at the November oblate retreat on the topic of stability and care for the earth. We each shared what stability means for us at this point in our monastic lives and what is compelling to us about caring for the land. Stability has several layers of meaning. The most obvious definition of stability is staying in the same place with the same people. That’s how we begin practicing stability in community.  For Benedict, community life is the ascetic practice. We don’t need to wear hair shirts and eat sparingly to discipline our bodies and …

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 …

The ECCSR is taking applications for the 2020-2021 cohort

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Starting October and continuing through January 15, 2020, the ECCSR will be receiving applications for the next cohort of 19 pastors seeking contemplative renewal through immersions into the blessings of monastic life and Benedictine spirituality at Holy Wisdom. Building on the great experience the first cohort shared, co-directors Nancy Enderle and Jerry Buss are communicating through different denominational networks, as well as presenting at clergy gatherings around the Midwest. We anticipate a large number of applications for the 19 openings, so if you know someone who would like to apply, by all means encourage her or him to do so! Details about the …

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.  …