Etty: The Play

Esther “Etty” Hillesum was a young Dutch Jewish student living in Amsterdam during WWII. Etty’s diaries and letters from 1941 – 1943 describe life in Nazi-occupied Holland and Westerbork Transit Camp where she was interned. Etty Hillesum was 29 years old when she was murdered at Auschwitz/Birkenau.
Director Susan Stein brings us to 1943, when Etty, a young Jewish woman, is about to be deported out of Holland. Sharing the stage with a suitcase, Etty speaks to us as she tries to gain clarity and insight into her life as she prepares for her three-day journey to the east. She digs deep into her soul to understand this piece of history and root out any hatred or bitterness, believing that humanity is the best and only solution for survival.
She asks us to consider our own responsibility today, in a world where the promise of “never again” has not yet been realized. In her gentle yet forthright way, Etty asks us not to leave her at Auschwitz but to let her have a bit of say in what she hopes will be a new world.

“Writing to Wake the Soul” Reading & Book Signing

In her new book, Writing to Wake the Soul, writer, teacher and minister Karen Hering invites readers to awaken the “still, small voice within” through a spiritual practice of writing offered in many recent Wisdom Ways programs.
For those who wish to write, the book provides reflections on writing and spiritual practice and more than two hundred pages of meditations and writing prompts to launch or nurture your own practice at home. Other readers may enjoy the book as a guide for meditation on ten key words, including Faith, Prayer, Justice, Grace, Hospitality and Reverence.

Fall Soul Conference 2013

Featuring best-selling author Susan Griffin, climatologist Mark Seeley, and local musician Adam Levy
As the planet warms, it cries out—through deadly heat waves, drought, superstorms like Hurricane Sandy, rising sea levels, and vanishing plant and animal species. But who is listening?
Through discussion and reflection, song, film, science, and literature, participants practiced being attentive to listening to the cosmos, and explored how to move beyond denial to find meaning in a time of frightening change, transform our ways of living, and respond to the earth’s plea.

Events with John Philip Newell

Come delve deeply into our responsibility in reclaiming the sacred elements that encompass our community and our being, and probe our role in midwifing the earth through her labor pains. Be called to challenge one another to an active ethic of life that is informed by faith and that invigorates sustainable change within our local spheres of influence.

An Evening Celebration of Hildegard of Bingen

Who was this fascinating medieval mystic and prophetess? What meaning does her life and writing offer women today? The evening included presentation, conversation, and ritual surrounding the theology and life of Hildegard of Bingen. Mary Sharratt read from and shared about the writing of Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen.

Art and Eating Disorders

This exhibit is about expressing those parts of the experience of living with an eating disorder that are difficult to put into words. Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making – creating art and reflecting on the products and processes helps people increase awareness of self; cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.

Who Really Was St. Patrick?

The evening with Marcus Losack, took us on a sacred quest, entering a labyrinth of legend and tradition to share in the adventure of an exciting historic discovery. As the journey unfolded, we found ourselves drawn into an even greater mystery, St. Patrick’s life and our lives, his story and our story, are inextricably intertwined.

Events with Laurence Freeman, OSB

In his latest book, First Sight: The Experience of Faith, Father Laurence Freeman believes that the contemplative life is open to everyone.  A review of his work says that, “it can be achieved outside the walls of the monastery.  Indeed contemplation and meditation will transform our lives and thus our communities.  Freeman goes out to touch the hearts and minds of people involved in education, business and finance, mental health, the environment, inter-religious dialogue, collaboration, and citizenship.”  And also, “to any who think they can reach God by running faster,” Freeman’s three powerful events with Wisdom Ways awakened our authentic ability to survive and aided us in renewing and flourishing as spiritual beings.  The task is challenging, but the discipline invites a life-changing transformation.

Hedgerow Initiative – Spring 2013

Women have never been absent from history in the making, but until the rise of the women’s movement, often from its telling. This 12-week seminar reweaved Christian history with her stories of vocation, courage, compassion, and wisdom, using Mary T. Malone’s three-volume work Women & Christianity. How do women find their voices, claim authority, act creatively, confront, and participate in the challenges of their times? What are their legacies? What do their lives inspire in us who seek God today? Where have women found the movement of the Spirit? What do these leaders, visionaries, mystics, and activists have to tell us about their journeys and ours?