Saturday, February 26, 2011

American Sign Language Total Immersion Experience


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The Daughters of Wisdom have ministered to persons in the deaf community since 1812 at their school in Larnay, France. In 1926 the Daughters of Wisdom opened Our Lady of Wisdom Institute in Bogota, Colombia for Deaf and Blind students. This was the first school for special needs students in all of South America. Later, the Daughters of Wisdom opened similar schools in Medellin, Bucamanga and Barranquilla, Colombia. At one time these schools were thriving.

For many years a group of Deaf Nuns, the Hermanitas of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady affiliated with the Daughters of Wisdom in South America. The coordinator of this community, for several years, was Sister Rosemary Gaffney, DW, presently living in New York. I am grateful to Sister Rosemary making me aware of this wonderful part of our history and ministry as Daughters of Wisdom.

-Sister Rosemarie Greco, DW

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wisdom and Wholeness: Reflections of Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Torah tells us that humanity is created in the image and likeness of God, "male and female he created them." Gender is essential to our species, so essential in fact that we often impose gender on God as well. No matter how strongly my Christian students (I teach religious studies as Middle Tennessee State University) affirm the nongendered nature of God, they balk at the notion of calling God "Mother". For them the Trinity is not a metaphor: God the Father is not a Mother, and the Son of God is not the same as the Daughter of God. For billions of us humans God is masculine, if not actually male. Yet as Torah again reveals, "it isn't good for man to be alone." Wholeness demands the linking of male and female, masculine and feminine.

In Hinduism this is clear and overt: every God has his Goddess, because one without the other is incomplete and powerless. While Hinduism may be the most explicit example of the Divine Wholeness, the other religions of the world also seek to balance the masculine with the feminine.

In Judaism She is Chochmah (Wisdom), the first of God's creations, the Torah, the Sabbath, the Shechinah (God's Presence), and the people Israel as a whole. In Christianity She is Sophia, Mary the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven, and the Church. In Islam we learn that Buraq, the horse that carried Muhammad (PBUH) from Mecca to Jerusalem from when he rose to heaven to meet God, had the face of a woman. Muslims also revere Mary, the mother of Jesus, as an intermediary between the people and Allah, and Muhammad revered his daughter Fatimah as if she were a divine being, saying "Allah, The Most High, is pleased when Fatimah is pleased. He is angered, whenever Fatimah is angered!" Buddhism also treasures the image of the Mother and the Feminine as essential to the whole, and Taoism speaks of the Tao as the Great Mother, and sees the feminine yin as essential as the masculine yang in the dynamic balance of reality that is tai chi.

The challenge of our time isn't to move from masculine to feminine, but to recognize that both are part of a greater unity that is ultimate Reality. I believe we are on the cusp of a true revolution of human spiritual consciousness, a turning of the wheel of wisdom that will allow us to speak of God the Father and God the Mother even as we know that God includes and transcends these and any other terms we may employ.

The return of the Mother will carry with it the release of women from social, economic, and religious bondage, and the release of the feminine energies that both women and men embody. My own spiritual path is enmeshed with this return. The Mother is my experience of God, and meeting Her in/through the Bible (especially the Book of Proverbs, and the Wisdom of Solomon) is my life work.

Rami Shapiro will be presenting a retreat at Wisdom House, March 11-13, 2011 on the theme: "The Lady with a Thousand Faces: Wisdom in the World's Religions." To register see www.wisdomhouse.org/program/calendar.html.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Triumphant Church Ministries at Wisdom House


Over 100 members of the Trimphant Church Ministries from Bridgeport, Connecticut, were at Wisdom House in January for a weekend of worship, preaching, and song. To find out more about them, visit www.triumphantchurchministries.com.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Constance Dodge: Collage Narratives in Oils

Constance Dodge's exhibit, "Collage Narratives in Oils" opened in the Marie Louise Trichet Gallery at Wisdom House on Saturday afternoon, January 29 with an artist talk and reception. Guests had the opportunity to learn of the journey of her life as an artist. The exhibit will be in the gallery
until April 2. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Unveiling the Labyrinth

Libby Yokum, a guest at Wisdom House recently, took on the task of unveiling the labyrinth which lay more than 2 feet deep on the east end of our property.

The journey down to the labyrinth and the act of uncovering it were equally challenging!

Thank you, Libby!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Master Drummer John Marshall 'Beats the Winter Doldrums'


Master Drummer John Marshall led a group of 40 + drummers of all ages in a program, "Beating the Winter Doldrums" on Saturday, January 29.

John's next drumming program at Wisdom House will be on Saturday, June 11, 2011. See our website www.wisdomhouse.org for details.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Faith: The Daily Bread of the Daughters of Wisdom


The Daughters of Wisdom were founded on February 2, 1703 in Poitiers, France. Join us in reflecting on the words of co-founder, St Louise deMontfort, "Faith is the daily bread of the Daughters of Wisdom". Even today, we all are called to live by faith as we offer care and prayer to a world yearning for hope and searching for the Wisdom of God. Let our faith nourish and guide us.

The icon of co-founder, Blessed Marie Louise Trichet and of American missionary martyr, Sister Mary Antoinette,DW are enthroned in the Chapel at Wisdom House. All are welcome to visit.

Wisdom House is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom. The center presents programs in spirituality, education and the arts and offers hospitality to the not-for-profit community.

For more information about the Daughters of Wisdom visit : www.wisdomhouse.org/about/history.html , www.daughtersofwisdom.org and www.fdlsagesse.org.