WNPJ Spotlight on the Sinsinawa Dominicans, Office of Peace and Justice

During the 1970s and 1980s, there was an increasing focus by Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa on the root causes of injustice. In 1982, the Sisters called for coordination of peace and justice efforts at the congregation level. In 1983, the Office of Peace and Justice was established and a Promoter of Peace & Justice was named.

The Promoter assists with study and social analysis relevant to global, national, and local issues; calls congregation members to action on behalf of justice issues; and supports congregation justice committees.

Congregation justice groups include:

  • Faith and Resistance Working Group,
  • Alternative Investment Advisory Committee,
  • Restorative Justice Committee
  • AntiRacism Transformation Team.
  • Care of Creation Committee
  • Immigrant and Refugee Committee
  • Native Nations Solidarity Initiative

Here in SW Wisconsin, Sinsinawa Mound Center, is one of the many ministries of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. They provide an extensive social justice education forum throughout the year, with workshops and individual programming. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque. 

Land Acknowledgement Statement for Sinsinawa Mound

We are on sacred land. We acknowledge that Sinsinawa Mound is located within the ancestral territory of the Ho-Chunk, Sauk, Meskwaki, Ioway, Otoe, Missouria, and Potawatomi Nations. We commit to working in solidarity with Indigenous movements for justice and self-determination. We honor and are grateful to those who have cared for this land throughout the generations. (see the attachment for the complete Satement)

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 21 - Come to Sinsinawa Mound Center for Natura Divina-Wild Church: Winter Solstice from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21. Please check our website for current COVID protocols. Fire and song, ritual and community, prayer and quiet: this ecumenical gathering is centered on honoring the sacred time of winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. Our gathering draws on the liturgical calendar, Celtic spirituality and its calendar, as well as the growing Wild Church and Forest Church movements. Be prepared to spend some time outdoors. Sinsinawa Mound Center’s Ecological Programming Coordinator Eric Anglada will facilitate. No registration is necessary, and a freewill offering will be accepted.

Jan 11 & Jan 15 - In 1967, three of the most important ecological writer-activists of the 20th century met as friends on the grounds of the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky: farmer Wendell Berry, poet Denise Levertov (1923-1997), and monk Thomas Merton (1916-1968). Bringing attention to the writers’ works today, Sinsinawa Mound Center will sponsor No Unsacred Places: Berry, Levertov, and Merton via in-person and virtual workshops. Ecological Programming Coordinator Eric Anglada will lead participants in contemplatively exploring the intertwining lives of the three writers, delving into their poetry and prose, with specific attention to their engagement with the land. We’ll challenge ourselves to deepen our own relationships with the wider community of creation. The in-person workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. The fee is $50 per person, and the registration deadline is Jan. 10. Please check our website for current COVID protocols. The virtual workshop will be from 7 to 8 p.m. CST Tuesday, Jan. 11. The registration fee is $15 and the deadline is Jan. 10 at 4 p.m.

Jan 12 – Feb 9 - Plan a trip to Sinsinawa this winter to witness the art of “The Beauty of Liturgical Design: Holy Fabrics” Jan. 12 through Feb. 9, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily at the Sinsinawa Art Gallery. They’re featuring original designs and handmade liturgical vestments and other items by Dominican Sisters Felix Plouf, OP (1888-1979), and Angelique Sabourin, OP (1867-1957). They had extensive backgrounds in textiles, design, sewing, applique, and needlework. One set of vestments on display was designed by Sister Angelique for the centennial of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation in 1948. She chose her color palette and hand dyed the silk threads that she used. Her designs celebrate our Dominican heritage through the symbols of the Order and images of the holy men and women and scenes from the life of St. Dominic.

For more information, contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit the website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter. Please check the website for current COVID protocols.

 

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Action Alert - calling for the end to gun violence:

DOMINICAN SISTERS OF SINSINAWA
STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE RITTENHOUSE TRIAL

 

The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa continue to be deeply saddened by factors related to the recent Rittenhouse trial. Our congregation was founded in Wisconsin 175 years ago, and our Sisters have served in Kenosha since 1869. We have Sister members who joined us from this area and have a long relationship with that community. Therefore, we join with others to pray for healing and peace in the Kenosha community during these difficult days.

We are not presuming to offer a position on the verdict in this trial. We are, however, concerned that it is legal in Wisconsin for an underage individual to carry an assault-style rifle into a public demonstration. This has major ramifications on our rights to peaceably assemble, exercise free speech, and protest for redress of grievances.

What happened in Kenosha is indicative of what is happening in our society today. Our polarization has exacerbated an environment of fear, and fears have led to violence and vigilantism. Gun purchases are at record high levels. Firearm-related homicides have spiked in cities throughout the country.

We, the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, call for responsible gun ownership in the United States. Our public statement on this matter urges stricter licensing, educational requirements, and a national background check for gun ownership. We believe this will help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from guns and secure the right to personal safety.

We believe that laws assuring responsible gun ownership have not been adopted and enforced in our country. We urge our elected officials in Wisconsin to adopt such legislation before another situation like Kenosha erupts.

Adopted by the Leadership Council of Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa
Nov. 29, 2021

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See this website to learn more.

Sinsinawa Dominicans, Office of Peace and Justice
Contact: Sister Reg McKillip
Address: 585 County Rd. Z, Sinsinawa, WI 53824
Phone: 608-748-4411
E-Mail: opjustice@aol.com

Website: http://www.sinsinawa.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sinsinawa/

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