Tuesday, May 31, 2016

June 3 - Envy and Love: An Exploration in Poetry and Song - 7-8pm

Join us for an evening of poetry and song celebrating the human spirit as it navigates the waters of envy and love!

Presenters: Jack Gilpin, Davyne Verstandig, Helen Falcone, and Jeanne Hinkson.

Donation: $20 - Program followed by refreshments.

Register at www.wisdomhouse.org, email programs@wisdomhouse.org or call 860-567-3163.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Amherst Early Music Workshop

The Amherst Early Music Workshop met at Wisdom House over memorial Day weekend.  Featured here during the faculty concert is Erin Headly, on extreme right, with the Lirone.

Erin formed Atalante in 2007 to promote the Lirone instrument which she brought back from 300 years of obscurity and on
which she is the leading authority. 

In the 17th century, the Lirone was said to "move the soul and transport the spirit." Her research in the Vatican archives made many interesting discoveries.  Wisdom House was honored to have her with us this weekend. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

To honor those who have given their lives in war so that others may live in peace.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Introduction to the Enneagram

On May 14, Sr. Nance Erts, OP, presented a program on the Enneagram where participants gained new insights into themselves and their relationships with others.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Artists Meet and Create

Members of the Artists Traditional Hooking Association met in early May at Wisdom House to create new works and share their creations with each other.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Introduction to the Enneagram

On May 14, 2016, Wisdom House will offer a day program on the Enneagram, as a way of understanding better ourselves and those we live and work with.

The program will be given by Sr. Nancy Erts, OP, program specialist at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining, NY.

For more information and to register, call 860-567-3163, email programs@wisdomhouse.org, or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.    

Sunday, May 8, 2016

7th Sunday After Easter

To eavesdrop on conversations not intended to be heard by others is impolite.

When we eavesdrop, we are likely to hear three possible things. We may hear things that surprise us. We may hear things that we already know, and we may hear things that we might not want to know.

This week the author of John's Gospel gives us permission to eavesdrop on Jesus at prayer to the Father. We learn the close union between Jesus and the Father is what he wants for his disciples as well, and ultimately, for those who would follow them. The desire of this prayer reaches down the centuries to us.

In this passage, we may be surprised to hear that Jesus sees the world and those in it as a gift from the Father. "Father, they are your gift to me."  This is a rare opportunity to know just how much Jesus treasured his disciples.

As we listen closely, we also hear that the path laid out for Jesus to follow is the path we're meant to follow as well. This includes suffering and death before resurrection - a message we might not want to hear!

Inevitably, eavesdropping leads us to make a decision as to what to do with what we've heard. At this Easter season, we are moving to welcome the Spirit, the source of unity between the Father and the Son. Because of the stirrings of the Spirit within us we will have the resources to live the "Christ life."

The Spirit of the Risen Christ leads us to action and contemplation. It is a spirit that responds to the needs of the poor and disenfranchised, prompting us to look at these brothers and sisters in Christ in a new way and listen to them with new ears.

From generation to generation, this new community, founded on Christ and rooted in his Spirit, will bring about a New Pentecost.    

~ Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Remembering B. Fox & Co.

Be friendly and helpful. If you would have friends, be a friend.

Be cordial; speak and act as if everything you do is a genuine pleasure.

Be genuinely interested in people.  You can like almost anybody if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

~ "The Ten Commandments of Human Relations" by Beatrice Fox Auerbach.
From the exhibit, "Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman,  Her World and Her Wardrobe," at the Connecticut Historical Society January 26 -April 30, 2016.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Manchester Community College Student at Wisdom House

In April, Tarik Clayton was the recipient of a Wisdom House Writers' Fellowship Grant through the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Fund of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. 

The grant makes it possible for college students to come to Wisdom House to concentrate on works in progress and new works.

While at Wisdom House, he worked on his poetry preparing for his next book.

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