ECCSR Co-Directors

(listed alphabetically)

Reverend Jerry Buss

Reverend Jerry Buss is an ordained Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) clergy who, across thirty years has served three congregations in Oregon and Washington and was a judicatory leader in the NW Washington Synod of the ELCA. In his Synod work, Jerry guided congregational renewal and new church starts, supervised clergy engaged in innovative ministries, designed support gatherings of mission pastors and multi-cultural clergy, and collaboratively started a coaching and mentoring ministry for clergy and lay leaders.

“In my heart-of-hearts, I know how important spiritual renewal is for clergy. My knowledge begins with my own experience and need for renewal. After many years as a pastor, my renewal journey began with a contemplative-based, emotional intelligence intensive. A few years later, my sabbatical included training and practice in both centering prayer and mindfulness. This helped me establish these practices in my daily life and to maintain them as I returned to my work. Trusting that God can bring new life out of impossible situations is a trust that the Holy Spirit has shaped within me. I am energized to start new things, where the Spirit guides and with the skills I’ve been given.”  -Jerry Buss

 

Contact Jerry Buss at jbuss@benedictinewomen.org or 608-836-1631, x163.


Reverend Nancy Enderle

Reverend Nancy Enderle is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) clergy who has served congregations in New York, Illinois, and Wisconsin, and served as Interim Executive Director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians where she guided the national organization to generate positive momentum toward full inclusion and ordination of LGBTQ Presbyterians in the PC(USA). She leads retreats and workshops around the country and in 2018 completed the Living School, a program of the Center for Action and Contemplation, where she experienced the transformative teachings about contemplation and spiritual practices by Father Richard Rohr, Dr. James Finley, and the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault. Nancy and her husband, Gordon, live in Madison, Wisconsin.

“In over thirty years of ordained ministry, I have witnessed and experienced the exhilarating sense of purpose that grows out of a call to serve God, as well as the sometimes soul-crushing weight of the demands and requirements of religious leadership.  Key words of the ECCSR speak to what I value most in my ministry: Ecumenical points to the movement of the Spirit to unify us and create a new vision for Christ’s church in an age when so many are leaving organized religion; Center indicates that this is a place of gathering—not defined by a particular tradition; Spiritual is at the heart of attending to the transforming, indwelling presence of God’s living Spirit; and Renewal highlights the ever-present possibility of God’s Spirit breathing life back into us when we have run out of ideas and our activities leave us exhausted.” -Nancy Enderle

 

Contact Nancy Enderle at nenderle@benedictinewomen.org or 608-836-1631, x114.


Holy Wisdom communities

The communities of Holy Wisdom Monastery provide outstanding resources for the ECCSR. Many talented individuals serve the monastery in important roles. These communities offer support to the immersion experiences and ongoing monastery without walls. The communities of Holy Wisdom Monastery include:

  • Benedictine Sisters – Forming the heart of the Monastery, these women live in community as Benedictine sisters.
  • Sojourners – Single, Christian women exploring Benedictine community.
  • Sunday Assembly – An ecumenical community of worship and service that meets weekly.
  • Oblates of Holy Wisdom Monastery – Men and women from varied faith traditions learning about Benedictine spirituality.
  • Friends of Wisdom Prairie – Friends care for the earth through volunteering, donating, and learning about the more than 130 acres of restored prairie, woodlands, wetlands, gardens, orchards and more.
  • Coworkers of Holy Wisdom Monastery – Staff who support the monastery in all areas of ministry.