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Big Questions Forum: Why Does Art Move Us?

Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30pm in the Parlor

“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..”

― Pablo Casals

“Art and life are subjective. Not everybody’s gonna dig what I dig, but I reserve the right to dig it.”

― Whoopi Goldberg

What is it about art that has the ability to move us is so many different ways?  Whether we are creators of art, performers of it or consumers of it, art has an important role in our lives.

We experience art in different ways in different times.  Sometimes we are overwhelmed by it, sometimes we are made to think of our place in the universe, sometimes we just want to escape into it.

Art at times seems to have a direct pathway to our inner self.  Have you ever been to a museum or concert where the art is speaking directly to your soul.  For some of us, art is where we get our sense of spirituality.

Our next Big Questions Forum will address how art moves us.  We will discuss what art means to us and our experiences with it.

We hope to see you Tuesday.

Joy Tinged with Sadness on a Partnership Trip to the Guatemalan Village of Santa Maria Tzeja

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Kay and Clark with Manuela Hernandez, mother of two outstanding student graduates

Kay and I returned recently from a stimulating and deeply satisfying trip to the Guatemalan village, with which she and I established a partnership with the Congregational Church in town, now in its thirtieth anniversary year.  Our trip was part of a delegation, the 59th that the church has sent each February and August. Continue reading…

The Privilege of Risk-Taking

By , February 9, 2017
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Just out of college and pre-Affordable-Care-Act, I took two “gap years” (as they’re now called). First, I worked at a Boston charter school, serving as a full-time tutor for five wonderful high schoolers. I recall my monthly stipend was about $500, and I have conveniently erased from my memory what my co-tutors and I calculated as our hourly rate. Continue reading…

Racial Justice Action of the Week: Week Two

The Racial Justice Task Force challenges each of us to explore the implicit biases that we all have.  We urge you to read Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald, or read/listen to shorter info here: http://blindspot.fas.harvard.edu/Book.  WARNING:  Awareness may be the first step to enlightenment but the following action may make you uncomfortable – and curious! Learn about social mindbugs and the hidden costs of stereotypes for all of us. Take the Implicit Bias Test here at https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/ (takes ~15 minutes).

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