Exploring Faith and Spirituality
Lectures begin at 7 PM in Harris Hall at St. Gregory’s with a reception to follow. All lectures are free and open to the public.
The Syrian Refugee Crisis in a Global Perspective: What is happening and how can we respond effectively?
Thursday, January 28
Dr. Robert Rabil, Professor of Middle East Studies at Florida Atlantic University
Thousands of Syrian refugees are fleeing war and violence and seeking asylum in other parts of the world. How can we respond effectively to this humanitarian crisis? Dr. Robert Rabil, Professor of Middle East Studies at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), will discuss the current political situation in Syria and the challenges of the refugee resettlement. Rabil is a Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) Distinguished Professor of Current Events, and he received his master’s degree in government from the Harvard University Extension School and his doctorate in Near Eastern and Judaic studies from Brandeis University. In May 2012, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Responding to Rabil’s lecture will be Dr. Noemi Marin, Professor of Political Communication at FAU, Dr. Bassem Alhalabi, Professor of Engineering at FAU and a Syrian-American, and The Rev. Andrew J. Sherman, Rector of St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church. A reading list of articles related to this topic is available at http://www.fuzzymaps.org/migration.htm.
Ever wondered if there is a connection between music and physical and spiritual healing? Come find out as Ruth Cunningham, a classically trained musician, sound healing practitioner, and founding member of the band Anonymous 4, combines these skills to improvise music that connects people to the healing and spiritual power of song. She specializes in improvisational sacred music from varied spiritual traditions in both liturgical and concert settings. This lecture will combine words and sounds to understand and experience the soul transforming power of music. Joining Ruth will be Timothy Brumfield, Director of Music Ministry and Organist and Choirmaster at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church. Brumfield has been a member of the Grammy Award-winning Paul Winter Consort since 1998 and has performed around the world. Brumfield is also an Honorary Fellow of the National College of Music in London.
It would be difficult to overestimate the Virgin Mary’s importance in Renaissance Florence, a city that claimed her as a protector and built a cathedral in her honor. Indeed, from civic governance to childbirth, the Madonna was present in almost every aspect of a Florentine’s life. Needless to say, Mary was also a favorite subject of Renaissance artists. Join Florida Atlantic University’s Dr. Emily Fenichel on a tour of the most famous and loveliest Madonnas of the Uffizi. Together, we will study what they tell us about the art, artists, and theology of the period. Dr. Fenichel is an Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University. She earned her PhD from the University of Virginia, and her dissertation considered Michelangelo’s images of the Virgin Mary in light of their iconographic ingenuity and their religious context. She is currently working on several academic projects, including a book on Michelangelo’s late period.
Sustainability and Stewardship: Let’s Talk Trash
Tuesday, April 12
Dawn McCormick, Director of Communications and Community Relations for Waste Management Inc. of Florida
Becky Haltermon, an Education Specialist with the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County
Sustainability in Florida means leaving future generations a beautiful state with rich natural resources, healthy ecosystems, vibrant communities, opportunities for personal growth and public involvement, and a diverse, productive, and growing economy. Looking at what is happening with waste materials is one way to gauge how sustainable we are. Two lecturers will share their insight into sustainability, waste disposal, recycling, and renewable energy in Florida and locally. Dawn McCormick, Director of Communications and Community Relations for Waste Management Inc. of Florida, is a board member of Sustainable Florida and Keep Florida Beautiful and an officer of the Florida Recycling Partnership. Waste Management Inc. is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management and environmental services in North America and managed 15 million tons of recyclables in 2013. Joining Dawn is Becky Haltermon, an Education Specialist with the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County. SWA is the governmental agency responsible for providing an economical and environmentally conscious Integrated Solid Waste Management System for the 1.4 million residents of Palm Beach County. Becky has 10 years of experience with environmental education and outreach. Come hear these lecturers talk trash and what it means for sustainable living.