Health & Wellness

Spiritual Enrichment – March 2022


Learn more about offerings at Sinsinawa Mound Center online or by contacting Arrangements at (608) 748-4411. Please check their website for current COVID protocols.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Small Towns, Big River (on site) – Through Wednesday, Mar. 30 @ 8 AM-7 PM
Artist John Elliott of Madison, WI, will exhibit his paintings inspired by places along the Mississippi River. He grew up in a small river town and in his paintings shares his passion for all the interesting places on and around the great Mississippi River.

Joy of Forgiveness (on site) – Saturday, Mar. 5 @ 9:30 AM-5 PM
There’s never been a better time to remove the barriers to a healthy, productive life! Sometimes people hurt one another so deeply it cannot be forgotten. Explore the possibilities of being free from grudges, resentment, self-defeating habits, and negative feelings. Sandy Hoenig will show us how forgiving leads to stopping the pain and brings hope for the future.

Glass Art for Teacher/Student Gallery Exhibit (on site) – Saturday, Mar. 5 @ 10 AM-12 PM
Barb McKinlay, an artist from Dubuque, IA, will guide students in designing their own art piece that will be on display at Sinsinawa Art Gallery for a show in April and May 2022. Students will design a bowl, plate, or tray using pieces of cut glass, pebbles, stringers, and noodles. Bring your lunch and stay for the afternoon class where you can make a coordinating square tray.

Glass Art Class: Tray (on site) – Saturday, Mar. 5 @ 1 PM-3 PM
Artist Barb McKinlay will help you design your own art glass tray using pieces of cut glass, pebbles, stringers, and noodles. You can also make a pendant or magnet.

Meskwaki Food Sovereignty (Zoom) – Tuesday, Mar. 8 @ 7 PM-8 PM
Join Christina Blackcloud, coordinator of the Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI), as she shares a brief history of the Meskwaki tribe and information about the MFSI.

On the Threshold of Three Strokes: A Simple Practice for Visual Journaling and Reflection (Zoom) – Wednesdays, Mar. 9, 16, 23 @ 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Sister Stella DeVenuta, OSF, will lead us in this three-part series that involves combining lines and words. Similar to Chinese brush painting, we will create three effortless strokes, to evoke the essence of the three-line verses that will emerge. Attendance at the three sequential sessions will enable the process to unfold. Participants will playfully engage their imagination using words and their “inner” vision to give expression to the simple brush stroke images.

Catherine of Siena: Spiritual Director and Pastoral Theologian (Zoom) – Saturday, Mar. 12 @ 10 AM-12 PM
Catherine of Siena was a 14th-century Dominican mystic. Although best known as the author of the Dialogue, it is in her letters we discover Catherine the spiritual director. Her letters reveal a warm, tender, and understanding person. She wrote to prisoners and popes, royalty and social outcasts. Catherine shows extraordinary understanding and compassion. We will read some of these letters and explore her principles of spiritual direction.

Sacred Land-Wild Church: Spring Equinox (on site) – Saturday, Mar. 19 @ 2 PM-3:30 PM
Fire and song, ritual and community, prayer and quiet: this outdoor, ecumenical gathering is centered on honoring sacred land and sacred time. In a time of planetary upheaval, it is crucial to recover our elemental sense of connection and kinship with Creator and creation. Our gathering draws on Celtic spirituality and its calendar, as well as the growing Wild Church and Forest Church movements.

“Neutral Ground” and Indigenous Dispossession in the Upper Mississippi (Zoom) – Tuesday, Mar. 22 @ 7 PM-8 PM
Mary Elise Antonie will discuss the “Neutral Ground” and how it became the impetus to remove the Ho-Chunk and “civilize” Ho-Chunk children. Antonie is president of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society and a Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation board member. She has authored several books.



Changing Our Perspective: Reading The Sunday Of Lent From The Viewpoints Of Minor Characters – Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 7 PM, via Zoom
Sometimes seemingly insignificant characters are the key to understanding Scripture. What insights from the Gospels surface this Lent when we read them through perspectives of minor characters? What might countless unnamed witnesses to the way of the cross and death of Jesus show us?

Grandparent Tea – Thursday, March 3 @ 9:30 AM-11 AM, Shalom Dining Room
Let’s celebrate the gift of grandparenthood over a cup of tea! This monthly group will meet to share prayer, stories, ideas, and unique family dynamics while musing over the joys of grandparenting!

Taizé Prayer – Thursday, Mar. 3 @ 7 PM-7:45 PM, Shalom Chapel
Taize’ prayer invites the participants to sing simple refrains repeatedly to reinforce the meditative quality of the prayer. This basic style can penetrate the marrow of our spirits and the silence of our hearts. Come and tune into the solitude of this holy place and praise of our God! Freewill offering.

Reading That Matters: Life On The Color Line – Monday, March 7, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM, Shalom
The son of an Italian-American father and an African-American mother, the author grew up in the 1950s in segregated Virginia. In this memoir of his youth, Williams recounts his remarkable journey along the color line and illuminates the contrasts between the black and white worlds.

The Four Agreements – Thursday, Mar. 10 @ 6 PM-7:30 PM, via Zoom
Invite more peace and joy into your life by embracing “The Four Agreements”; be impeccable with your word; don’t take anything personally; don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. These tenets of ancient Toltec wisdom offer powerful lessons during these modern times.

Spring Breakfast: The Music Of Springtime – Tuesday, Mar. 22 @ 7:30 AM-8:30 AM, Shalom Dining Room
Julie Tebbe serves on the Franciscan Charism Team as Inviting & Discerning Minister. Julie graduated with a degree in Music Education from Briar Cliff University in 1992. She grew up in a musical family in a small town in Eastern Iowa, where she started playing guitar at her parish when she was in 2nd grade. Julie will share with you her love of music and springtime in celebration of the resurrection season.

Mexican-American Multicultural Dinner & Movie – Tuesday, Mar. 29 @ 4 PM-8 PM, Shalom Dining Room
When Cortez began the conquest of Mexico in 1519, he was accompanied by missionaries of the Franciscan Order. By the end of the century, more than 1000 Franciscans ministered to Indian converts and Spanish citizens throughout the colony. Celebrate that rich history with a smorgasbord of Mexican-American food, complete with the ambiance of Mexican-Hispanic music from the Dave Overby band.

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