Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord shines over you. For look, darkness covers the earth, and total darkness the peoples; but the Lord will shine over you, and His glory will appear over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your radiance. (Isaiah 60:1-3)
Dear Friends of Promisek,
The month of November always brings with it a sadness for me. The church’s focus on those who have died, falling leaves, plants and flowers going to rest for the winter, and the darker days contribute to the somberness that the end of both the liturgical and calendar year brings. At the same time, as Advent approaches and the excitement of the Christmas season begins to take over our home, I feel the hope that comes with Christ’s birth and the gradual increase of daylight that happens at the same time. The light of Christ burns bright into the darkness, radiating out from the center of Bethlehem to all of the world and creation.
Since its founding, the members of Promisek have been committed to the part of our mission that makes us a “center of centers.” Holding the land of Promisek with a core group of individuals allows what we do both on the land and in our professions to radiate out, bringing the hope and light of Christ and our mission to those we encounter.
This past year, this idea of “center of centers” has been particularly alive. The “center” of our monthly workdays, with faithful attendance from a core group of members, has provided the stability to expand the reach of our other programs:
- Our Monthly Monastic Professional meetings continue to bring together individuals seeking to more deeply understand and explore their unique charism and mission, and how each of us is living that out in our professional and personal lives.
- Our participation in the CT Historic Gardens continues to open up the beauty of creation through the Beatrix Farrand garden at Promisek and other gardens throughout Connecticut.
- Our monthly Communio Study Circles provide the space for theological discussions which center around von Balthasar’s Theodrama and consequently upon the centrality of individual mission in the living of the Christian life.
- Our Concert series brings the beauty of music to a unique, intimate setting of relationship for both the performers and audience.
- Our Theodramatic readings take timeless scripts into the present by allowing participants the space to understand how the drama within the play interacts with the daily drama of our lives.
- Our quarterly Long Dances mark the change of seasons through drumming, music and personal exploration.
These and other programs and events allow us to continue to radiate the light of Christ, His love and hope out from the center of Promisek into the world through our unique focus on personal gift, mission and charism. Because we operate completely through the work of volunteers, your financial support is needed to help us hold the land of Promisek and continue to be a “center of centers”. Thank you in advance.
With love and hope,
Jill Hogan on behalf of the Promisek Core