WELL, WE (or they) finally did it.
After years of hopes and prayers and surreptitiously conspiring how we could be part of the Hall of Men (Some, I’ve heard, considered wearing costume beards, sitting in the back, and pretending to like dark beer), the Sisters of Sophia are official.
Our inaugural evening kicked off with a delicious meal prepared by Barb Orsi with Christiane Doom keeping us hydrated and merry via her wine-pouring skills at the bar. Ellen Awe led us in a beautiful opening convocation that included the Nicene Creed as we continued to make room for new arrivals. Final head count of the night: 37. Guys, at this rate, we may need to pop the roof and add more pews!
The unflappable leader of our gang, Nyleen Lenk, gave a warm inaugural address, reminding us that the ‘Sophia’ after which we are named is nothing short of the wisdom of God. We, she reminded us, are icons of Christ, friends of Jesus. As we learn about the heroines of the faith—women who are saints, poets, writers, or all of the above--we will be stretched and inspired, whatever stage of life we are in, wherever we are on our spiritual paths, in ways both big and small, toward renewal of our culture.
Join us every third Tuesday, with a few exceptions (e.g., for January, we attend the Eighth Day Symposium), as we embark on what will surely be a life-changing experience for all of us as we deepen our understanding of these great women of faith who, unsung as they may sometimes be, still have so much to say to us.
Feb 21 - Barb Orsi on Harriet Beecher Stowe
Mar 21 - Ann Harder on Flannery O'Connor
Apr 18 - Martha Sturgill on Mary Magdalene
June 20 - Ellen Awe on Caryll Houselander
July 18 - Maureen Morrison on Sigrid Undset
Aug 15 - Meredith Burnett on Mother Maria Skobtsova
Sep 19 - Stephanie Mann and Barb Orsi on The Doctors of the Church: Sts. Catherine of Siena & Teresa of Avila
Oct 24 - Nancy Trier-Metzger on Edith Stein
Nov 21 - Jamie Arnold-Korbel on St Hildegard of Bingen
Dec 21 - Sweets, Songs & Socializing