5.30.2005

classes I may take this fall! and...

The Frankfurt School's Theory of Culture (HUMA 5526)
This course examines the critique of modern culture that has been developed by the so-called Frankfurt School, or Critical Theory, a very influential interdisciplinary theory which analyzes cultural productions together with their social basis. Many authors are to be considered, such as Horkheimer, Adorno, Benjamin, Löwenthal, Marcuse and Habermas. Among the problems discussed are: the impact of technical reproduction and the mass-media on art and culture; the social basis of mass culture and vanguard art in the twentieth century; the dominative or emancipative character of cultural reproductions.

Contemporary Forms of Belief (HUMA 5536)
The aim of this course is to examine the surprising vitality of contemporary forms of religious belief and crypto-religious ideologies. In order to achieve this aim, we will study controversial and sometimes contradictory movements such as militant fundamentalism, movements towards tolerance, the complex area of "new religions" and the recent spiritual current called "New Age". The course is open to different research approaches and will examine texts from various points of view (philosophical, juridical, psycho-sociological, theological...).

Cognition and Interpretation (HUMA 5426)
This course will deal with cognitive linguistic theory as applied to the interpretation of texts. We will explore how linguistic categories structure the way the mind perceives reality and how such categories impinge on the act of interpretation.

Theories of the Visual Arts (HUMA 5436)
This course would take up the matter of what it means to understand anything visual, from paintings to illuminated manuscripts to advertising to music videos. A range of theorists would be studied -- Gombrich, Arnheim, Bryson, Kaplan, Harries. Representative essays on architecture, film, video, painting, and illustration would supplement the study of the images themselves.


Biblical Hermeneutics (HUMA 5216)
This course consists of the study of selected biblical texts from the perspective of various methods of biblical interpretation, from literal and allegorical interpretations, through the historical-critical method to more recent methods, such as feminist "hermeneutics of suspicion."

Religion and Modernity (HUMA 5246)
This course will explore the intellectual relationship between religion and modern secularism in the West through the study of selected religious, philosophical, and literary texts. Such texts will be representative of both the secular critique of religion and the religious critique of secularism. Particular attention will be given to writers who have attempted to define the religous origins and meaning of modernity itself (such as Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Camus, Simone Weil, Paul Ricoeur, or Eric Voegelin).

Philosophical Hermeneutics (HUMA 5217)
Hermeneutics or interpretive theory is concerned with understanding other ages and cultures as authentically as possible. This is not a straight-forward operation, but rather presupposes an "effective historical consciousness." Such, at any rate, is the claim of Hans-Georg Gadamer's Truth and Method . Focussing on this work, the course will be a systematic consideration of philosophical hermeneutics, and will address questions concerning the conflict of interpretive orientations and the prejudices of tradition.





Isn't that exciting?



I think so.


and...


I met a girl! I don't know her very well yet, and to try and describe her wouldn't be fair, because I may say 'she likes this' or 'she does that' but these things are not really ways to show you who she is. if you are local, perhaps she will be in the area some day and come to church. at least I can say this, she is worth mentioning. ( I told my mom I met a girl, and she said "you meet girls all the time")

she's right.

classes I may take this fall! and...

The Frankfurt School's Theory of Culture (HUMA 5526)
This course examines the critique of modern culture that has been developed by the so-called Frankfurt School, or Critical Theory, a very influential interdisciplinary theory which analyzes cultural productions together with their social basis. Many authors are to be considered, such as Horkheimer, Adorno, Benjamin, Löwenthal, Marcuse and Habermas. Among the problems discussed are: the impact of technical reproduction and the mass-media on art and culture; the social basis of mass culture and vanguard art in the twentieth century; the dominative or emancipative character of cultural reproductions.

Contemporary Forms of Belief (HUMA 5536)
The aim of this course is to examine the surprising vitality of contemporary forms of religious belief and crypto-religious ideologies. In order to achieve this aim, we will study controversial and sometimes contradictory movements such as militant fundamentalism, movements towards tolerance, the complex area of "new religions" and the recent spiritual current called "New Age". The course is open to different research approaches and will examine texts from various points of view (philosophical, juridical, psycho-sociological, theological...).

Cognition and Interpretation (HUMA 5426)
This course will deal with cognitive linguistic theory as applied to the interpretation of texts. We will explore how linguistic categories structure the way the mind perceives reality and how such categories impinge on the act of interpretation.

Theories of the Visual Arts (HUMA 5436)
This course would take up the matter of what it means to understand anything visual, from paintings to illuminated manuscripts to advertising to music videos. A range of theorists would be studied -- Gombrich, Arnheim, Bryson, Kaplan, Harries. Representative essays on architecture, film, video, painting, and illustration would supplement the study of the images themselves.


Biblical Hermeneutics (HUMA 5216)
This course consists of the study of selected biblical texts from the perspective of various methods of biblical interpretation, from literal and allegorical interpretations, through the historical-critical method to more recent methods, such as feminist "hermeneutics of suspicion."

Religion and Modernity (HUMA 5246)
This course will explore the intellectual relationship between religion and modern secularism in the West through the study of selected religious, philosophical, and literary texts. Such texts will be representative of both the secular critique of religion and the religious critique of secularism. Particular attention will be given to writers who have attempted to define the religous origins and meaning of modernity itself (such as Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Camus, Simone Weil, Paul Ricoeur, or Eric Voegelin).

Philosophical Hermeneutics (HUMA 5217)
Hermeneutics or interpretive theory is concerned with understanding other ages and cultures as authentically as possible. This is not a straight-forward operation, but rather presupposes an "effective historical consciousness." Such, at any rate, is the claim of Hans-Georg Gadamer's Truth and Method . Focussing on this work, the course will be a systematic consideration of philosophical hermeneutics, and will address questions concerning the conflict of interpretive orientations and the prejudices of tradition.





Isn't that exciting?



I think so.


and...


I met a girl! I don't know her very well yet, and to try and describe her wouldn't be fair, because I may say 'she likes this' or 'she does that' but these things are not really ways to show you who she is. if you are local, perhaps she will be in the area some day and come to church. at least I can say this, she is worth mentioning. ( I told my mom I met a girl, and she said "you meet girls all the time")

she's right.

5.28.2005

another wedding. beautiful!

o tonight I was at a wedding, Dan and Amanda Talstra got married on Deas Island near richmond. It was gorgeous. the weather was beautiful, so were the people. I got to sit with z-rock and JCDK and el presidente and their respective lady friends. they all had a fiendish plot up their sleeve, but it wasn't so bad in the end. quite to the contrary actually. what cool people they all are, and then I even got to talk with ezekiel, rather listen to him and a few jaunt through the nature of time and its implications for education. the clock as an idol etc, and how its a western (probably capitalist) idolatry primarily.
when I was in ukraine, people don't worship the clock the same way at all, it was beautiful. just awesome. I also met this girl who knew all this cool stuff about groups of christians who live in community and do church together, like how I want to do and how we often talk at st. herman's. we had a good discussion, it was really cool.
goodnight all, remember, when you get married, if you are protestant and making up your vows, the most beautiful thing I have ever heard in a marriage was this part of the vows.


"...I will forgive you as we have been forgiven..."

5.25.2005

www.laurentian.ca/mahumanities

Serbian Orthodox Church Of St Peter & Paul 515 Antwerp SUDBURY, Ont 675-3222

St Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church 40 Notre Dame SUDBURY, Ont 675-8244

Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church Of St Volodymyr 190 Baker SUDBURY, Ont 673-2403


so, I am waiting to talk to my priest, Fr. Lawrence, because I want so badly for him to bless me in my desire and plans for grad school. I heard someone talk about how he may not think its the best idea to leave my incubator of a church at the beginning of this stage on my journey towards Christ, towards Holiness. Now, he very well may hold that opinion, but I know that he will say it with love and care and sensitivity, and it was these things that were lacking in my conversation regarding this. anyways, I mostly needed to say that out loud, as it were, to get it off my chest, and to hear it myself. hear it. right. I am having /hearing a great discussion as I type, regarding liturgy, personal expression and art.


mainly, what is being said is that the church and its liturgy are not a place for personal expression because the church itself is manifest as a community, not as many individuals. however, that being said, the church encourages art in all forms.


so come to st herman's, all ye artists. and, hey, JM, mujalifah, sorrow and pity, and others, you and all your friends are coming this weekend eh? eh? *wink*wink*

Anyways, I am trying to figure out school for next year, so freaking excited. can I just brag for a second? I have a friend going to yale on a full scholarship. sarah koenig? yeah, full ride to yale divinity institute of sacred music. yup, TWU produces yale scholars. also, I have a bunch of friends who are doing or are finished MA's. many from the music department. Graham is done, mellowbecca is halfway, leanne is in the midst, its bizarre how many people I know in grad school. TWU is the bomb!

honestly, when I first thought about tWu, I thought "whatever, a christian school couldn't have any academic viability" man, I was so wrong. thank God for t-dub.

peace friends.

5.21.2005

wedding

Desmond Wong and Michelle (skellie) were married today, it was beautiful.

I have been to weddings before, and all of the ones I have stood for (4 now) have been amazing.

I have however been to a wedding or two where there was not nearly the chemistry and joy that I saw today.

Michelle beamed laser beams of love at everyone she saw, mainly because of Desmond I am sure, but partially because it was such a beautiful day. what I saw between them was such intense love, such a history and a great future.

It was interesting, it made me happy for them. andrew and I are both blogging about des;s wedding and watching The God;s must be crazy at the Ifland's house, its really cool. they have a really amazing family. all homeschooled, eight kids and they are really mature and smart. not at all flaky.which is cool, but I have met some people who were homeschooled that really did not help any stereotypes. these people are really articulate though, I mean, I have a conversation with this 11 year old girl, and she speaks like any adult I know. I mean, they have fun like kids, but are able to talk like adults, its really cool.


I listened to music on my sister;s computer earlier while taking a nap, it was great. I had actually had too much of people, and was really excited to be alone for a while. really, a new experience for me.



there was a song I heard, and it made me almost cry because I had not heard it for so long. I mean maybe 20 years, and it reminded me of my mom singing to and with me, it was bizarre.

a song by raffi called robin in the rain. it has been an emotional day. its not always that weddings make one want to partake in one too. always a groomsman...

however, things like that will have to wait a short while, not that they are really staring me in the face mind you, but its time to work and get ready for school.

I do have this perpensity towards working too much though, and while I intend to work a lot this summer, I think its okay since I relaxed so much during my past few summers and during the past year. we'll see. I am going to have a meeting with fr. lawrence and I will have coffee after G&R's wedding this weekend. two weddings and a bachelor party. crazy.


I have to say again, that I have the most amazing life.

I have beautiful friends, people who know God and show it, people who love me and correct me. a church that is so beautiful in every way. Oh, and I think I already said it, but I talked with some vineyard pastors today that helped restore my faith in evangelical christianity. really I guess it helped me remember that how God is active in many places.

the party just entered thte room I am in, so for now, I will bid adieu, but it looks like I will be able to blog a little more often from now on. we'll see.

peace all.

5.20.2005

GTA

okay, so get this. I get to be a teaching assistant, where I basically get tuition paid for. insane? yes. sweet? yes. do I have the best life on the planet? yes. freak on a leash. anyways, here is my double post. much peace and love, and G, thanks for the comment. see you in a month. this wedding would be better were you here with us, you are a definite absence from this little crowd.

AHHHHHH!!!!


I just found out that I am getting a GTA (graduate teaching assistantship) which means I get tuition paid for basically. Oh my goodness!!!!

so excited. I had a most amazing discussion about orthodoxy with a pastor from north langley vineyard, and we talked about christianity in general, my old vineyard days, being burned and having good experiences too. anyways, it was so reassuring, so encouraging.

I didn't even realize that I had a little skepticism about the vineyard, but these people really helped me see God in them. Grace really is beautiful.

currently rockin out with jamesmoes, waiting to partake of some indonesian djarum goodness, and as mujalifah said, he will be here tomorrow to partake of the marital festivities. its so cool to celebrate.

weddings are beautiful, such a great picture of God. he really lays so much out for us to see, if we have the eyes to see it. we just have to look hard I guess.

I think that may be the difference between people who are sinners and people who try not to be. we look for God and beauty in all of life, examining and enjoying it as much as possible, and many (not all) do what they can to avoid looking at anything too deeply.




peace all.

5.17.2005

MAybe...

I got acceptted to an MA in humanities program in sudbury ontario. hoo-freakin-ray!


I am stoked.


peace.

I still love church, and will miss it when I go. (if)

5.04.2005

living.

so, I am living. living and working, and I don't have too much energy for thinking about the things that I spent so much money and time on during trinity.

I mean, I do think about things like baptism, especially since I will be getting baptized in august, on the 14th, I am so excited! and I have good talks with my friends from church. currently, I mostly focused on paying off my loans, so I work a lot.

I love my social work job. I get to spend time with people who need help, and its not even like work at all. its crazy. I love it. so I worked a bunch last week.

its nice to come home and do nothing, but I don;t want a job that makes me tired like this. I need to be working with people, and still have energy for whoever I live with.

I want to live in community. I got up so easily this morning, knowing there were others around to get up with. alanna and brian were here this morning.

marco is coming soon for des's wedding, so that is cool. apparently I find out about laurentian university this week.


peace

5.01.2005

pascha

A Holy Pascha.



I didn't think it was possible to more in love with the church than I already was, but last night was the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced in my life.

it was amazing. I can't really describe it, but I will try.
starting on friday night, we had a service, reading the gospel accounts of the crucifixion. it was beautiful, christ was laid out on a black funeral box, with candles on it, and roses around. it was dark and somber, beautiful.
We celebrated a funeral and after that we ate and talked a bit. then we kept a vigil, reading through the psalms from midnight to 9am the next day, and when we were done, there was another liturgy at 10am. not everyone stayed up all night, most didn't, but we took turns sleeping and reading. then, last night, at 10pm, we started with a vespers or something where biss was baptized and sid and melissa were chrismated. it was beautiful, then we had a short break and started the paschal service at 1130. it was beautiful. it was long, but I barely noticed. I was almost asleep on my feet, but I stayed awake. it was still dark when we started, in the church, so we lit candles at one point, when the priest said that Christ is the light of the world (or something like that) and then we had a procession around the church (keep in mind this is the abbreviated, I can't remember it well version)
three times singing "Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and to those in the tombs he bestows life" and then we came back to the doors which were dark, and the church was dark, and we sang and fr. lawrence shouted "christ is risen" and a bunch of other stuff, as we sang, and he knocked on the doors, shouting these great prayers, waving a cross with three candles in front of it, and then we went into the church, which was all lit up as bright as day and there were flowers all around all the icons and (christ had been placed back on the altar, being lifted up as the choir saing "...raised from the dead..." and placed there again) and the church was radiant and exploding with light, it was so clear that Christ was risen, and it was beautiful. I am so inarticulate, forgive me, but it was amazing. then afterwards, Father Lawrence blessed all of our food that we brought, our easter baskets, and they were full of the food we had not eatern during lent. it was awesome. i mean, that is sort of an addendum, but man, I love everything about this.


Christ is Risen!