Poor Handmaids raise the roof and catch a breeze

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Thursday 14, October 2010 | Category:   Consecrated Life

The “Inspired images” and “More about the artists . . . .” articles here on the VISION website feature the work of several members of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, including Sister Mary Baird, P.H.J.C., who is involved with the MoonTree Community, a Poor Handmaid ministry devoted to art, spirituality, and ecology.

THE SITE of MoonTree Lodge, gallery, and shop
timber-raising and wind turbine installation.
On October 21 the sisters and community will host the timber-raising of MoonTree Lodge and the installation of a wind turbine at the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center complex in Donaldson, Indiana. MoonTree is one of several ministries at the PHJC Ministry Center that creates an intergenerational living and learning center which facilitates interchange across generational lines for the complex’s residents, coworkers, and students, as well as the public.

The current project consists of three separate buildings that will target Gold Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification: a two-story heavy-timber residential lodge for the staff, a gallery with studios for clay, painting, and textiles, and a shop studio for wood and metal arts. The construction of the LEED buildings and solar water heating and wind turbine reflect the Poor Handmaids’ belief in the wise use and care of resources.

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