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.

 

Learn more about Br. Jim's Catch the Life journey to monastic life >

Selection of Br. Jim's teachings from "Brother, Give Us a Word"

Gestation

Everything in creation requires a time of gestation: canyons took millions of years to be formed by rivers of water; the oldest known Sequoia tree is said to have taken 3,266 years to grow; it takes nine months of being swaddled in the womb before babies are ready to be held in a mother’s loving…

Read More

Birth

We need to not be distracted by the death throes of the secular world or even the destruction of our temples of ego that we have constructed for self-admiration. Rather we must be engaged in the process of birthing new life set forth by Jesus, with confidence, hope, provocation, sanctification, and a sense of urgency.…

Read More

Birthright

Being created in the image of God means we have the capacity to mirror God’s love to others. Our call is to disassemble the structures of shame – the shame that has been forced upon us, and the shame we have forced upon others. Let us strive to see in one another not our image,…

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

The Johnstown Flood of 1889

“The question Fr. Field prayerfully asked was “Why?” How many of us ask this same question of God in prayer amidst the chaos we experience in our lives?”

A tragic chapter in American history opens a window into the faith of an historic SSJE Brother.

Read More

Lead Us Not into Temptation

 

“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

Identity & Belonging in the Great Sacraments

“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