Vocation: Essence

“Like breathing, it’s something I have to do. I’ve never really wanted to do anything else, and it’s been a lifetime of finding out what I need to know to do this.”

A Conversation with Artist Mary Minifie
by Charles Miano

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No-travel conference on refugee health, mobility & human rights

Resisting Borders, a no-travel virtual conference on refugee and migrant health, mobility, human rights and responsibilities will take place October 9-11, 2017, cosponsored by seven different universities in the United States, Canada, and Switzerland. Call for papers deadline is April 15, 2017. No cost for participation but all interested participants must register. Learn more here.

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Yad Sarah: Saving Millions in Hospitalization & Medical Costs

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Eviction: An American Epidemic

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Read more about Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, winner of the National Book Circle Award in nonfiction. Read New York Times review.

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Patristic Listening: New Resource

Thanks to Dr. Morwenna Ludlow of the University of Exeter, audio recordings are now available to listen to several early Christian theological texts by Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Arius. Designed for classroom use or private study only, these recordings accompany a research project into the use of audio recordings to enhance student engagement with ancient texts – in this case the writings of some of the Church Fathers. All texts are either open-source or used by permission of the publisher. Learn more and listen here.

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Wild snail eating-and other thoughts on natural soundings

I find myself stumbling these days across some fascinating windows into the power of listening to non-vocal sounds in the natural world–related to healing, illness, trauma and civic conflict, and desert monasticism. Consider (or perhaps I should say, open your ears to…):

  1. The snail crunching on a carrot, from Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s wonderful classic, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating:



2. Ancient religious history professor Kim Haines-Eitzen, on her desert sound research:




3. Radcliffe Fellow Jeremy Eichler’s work on music and memory in wartime:

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Night Owl’s Blessing

fyordnight…rise up, and behold the choir of the stars, the deep silence, the great repose. Contemplate with wonder the order of your Master’s household. Then is your soul purer; it is lighter, and finer, and soars nimbly. The darkness itself, and the profound silence, are enough to lead you to compunction. And if you also look to the heavens embroidered with its stars, as with ten thousand eyes, if you reflect on all those crowds of people who, during the day, are shouting, laughing, leaping, stamping their feet, up to no good, grabbing, threatening, inflicting innumerable wrongs, all of them lying down no different from corpses, you will reject all the stubbornness of humanity. …If you gaze out the window and lean over into the street, you will not hear a single sound. If you look into the house, you will see all lying down as if it were in a tomb. All this is enough to arouse the soul, and lead it to reflect on the consummation of all things.

-John Chrysostom, Hom. Act. 26.3, trans. Chris De Wet
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