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Getting our Feet Dirty with Ashley Meeder

Getting our Feet Dirty with Ashley Meeder

By Ashley Meeder (and Marian West)
Dance, Mexico, Reading Time: 4 min

Our good friend Ashley Meeder, (www.ashleymeedermovementproject.com) currently resides in Mexico City, where she gives generously to her community as a dance performer, choreographer, educator, and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist.  As a dynamically creative artist whose passion is to move and to fully engage the unique individual before her, Ashley is ever joining the movement – a Presence – that flows around her and runs through her, inviting others into a momentum of being that lifts, discovers, heals, and unifies.  Ashley is not afraid to get down and dirty with the raw work of a collaborative and challenging creative process.  What does she do with the rain?  Excitedly grabs a bigger, brighter umbrella!  Bubbling over with energy and personality, she says, “In essence, I love to move, and yes, my feet are always dirty.”

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The Profound Gaze of a 12-year Old on a Tragic Event

The Profound Gaze of a 12-year Old on a Tragic Event

By Lily Oberman         June 15, 2012
Story, Compassion, Reading Time: 4 mn

A few months ago after Sunday service. As her mother listens to a widow's sad story, trying to comfort her, Lily (12) watches quietly from a distance. Earlier this month, her parents are stunned when they find out that an essay she had submitted won her a scholarship for next year! In that essay, she answers the question: "Have you ever been shown an act of kindness by either someone you know or by a stranger that touched you and seemed to make your day go better?" With startling depth and understanding, Lily tells us what happened, on that Sunday morning…

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A Life Dedicated to Sacred Art

A Life Dedicated to Sacred Art

By Gonzague Leroux            May 17, 2012
Encounter, Religious Art, Reading Time: 2 min

Robert Rambush has participated in the restoration of 24 cathedrals in North America as well as hundreds of churches and monasteries. What is his vision of sacred art?

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A School of Love

A School of Love

By Grayson Heenan    May 11, 2012
Seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit,  Former volunteer with Heart's Home in Argentina in 2010/2011.

I first heard of Heart’s Home as a sophomore at Boston College. I was stunned by the radicality of their life and mission: to be missionaries of compassion. In my sophomoric pretense, I judged them as idealistic and impractical. What about projects and initiatives – helping people in tangible, quantifiable ways? It was a classic case of missing the obvious. In the end, it was Heart’s Home that judged me. It shattered my ideas about charity and real success. What, after all, was it that I cherished most in life? The friendship of those who care about me, the time they spend with me, their continued presence in my life, their love and compassion.

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Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

By Gonzague Leroux      May 4, 2012
Conference, Society, Technology, Reading Time : 20 mn

In a talk given at TED last February, Sherry Turkle, who is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT, presents her last book, Alone Together or Why We Expect more from Technology and Less from Each Other. She warns us about the effect of social media on our lives and relationships with others. A relentless twittering or facebooking can lead to "a new solitude." She claims that it is time to "rediscover what the human purposes are against a 'robotic moment.' " This opens new field for compassion as technologies may increase the void in our lives through a lack of profound conversations and genuine frienships. A must see…

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The Sabbath of History: William Congdon

The Sabbath of History: William Congdon

By Gonzague Leroux    April 6, 2012
Culture – Art – Reading Time: 4 min

The Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, CT, offers until September an exhibition entitled The Sabbath of History: William Congdon – Meditations on Holy Week. This exhibition combines major artworks by William Congdon, a foremost painter of the 50’s in New York, with pieces by Pollock, Rothko, Motherwell and Newman, with passages from “Meditations on Holy Week“ by Joseph Raztinger (Pope Benedict XVI). After his conversion to Catholicism in 1959, Congdon started a series of about 200 Crucifixes, through which we can capture theological insights and the story of a conversion of a soul. He interweaves art and theology in a new way for our modern times.

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