Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE
A native of Bristol, VA, Br. Jim Woodrum studied music at the University of South Carolina and East Tennessee State University. A musician and performer specializing in the euphonium (a tenor tuba primarily found in symphonic bands), Jim taught brass methods in many high schools and youth organizations across the Southeast before coming to Community. He arrived at SSJE to test his vocation in 2012 and was life-professed in 2017. He has served the Community as Choir Brother, Facilities Brother, Vocations Brother, and currently is the Brother who guides Mission and Communications. Jim enjoys all kinds of music, reading history, and is fascinated by Neurotheology (the relationship between the human brain and religion). When he is away from his desk (and that “Office” in the Chapel), he enjoys cooking Southern cuisine, exploring neighborhoods in Boston, and indulging his keen interest in craft beer.
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Selection of Br. Jim's teachings from "Brother, Give Us a Word"
You may be heading into Lent not having had an epiphany, that is, you’re not sure how God is working in your life. Or perhaps God is not working according to your expectations. If this is the case, then don’t panic. Jesus’ inner circle of friends didn’t understand right away either. Like the disciples, you…Read More
We should look for God in our midst through the lives of our neighbors. Jesus articulates in rather blunt terms that how you treat another child of God in this life is in actuality how you treat God. By seeing the infinite worth in our neighbor, we keep God as our center and focus. -Br.…Read More
We are all capable of acts of kindness, humility, justice. We can heal with just a word – a word of encouragement, a word of regret and reconciliation, a word of understanding – or even an act of silent compassion, abiding with someone in their pain. We can show the mercy and humility of Jesus…Read More
Angels in the Architecture
Advent 2021: A podcast series that occurs throughout the year. It explores not only the structures of buildings, but also those of liturgy, sacraments, colors, vestments, and the traditions that form us.
Selection of Br. Jim's writing
“In the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer each day, I am reminded that if I turn to God in my moments of temptation, then I, like Jesus, will be able to dismiss temptation’s toxicity, and be fortified and empowered to live into the divine life which God has enabled in me.”Read More
“As a follower of Jesus with my own diverse and at times complicated identity, where and how do I belong in this equally diverse and complicated realm of Christianity and the Church? And what does such “belonging” entail?”Read More
“Life in community teaches us about the love and grace of God as it helps us to grow into the fullness of our place in the Body of Christ: accepting our limitations, giving freely of ourselves when we see a need, and recognizing that we belong to one another through our Baptism.”Read More