Fall 2006 Programs
Sun Gazing Lecture
August 26th, 6p.m.
Jain practitioner Hira Ratan Manek talks about the practice of Sun Gazing-a practice which, he states, ultimately leads to peace of mind, body and spirit, and can even eliminate the need for food. The lecture is followed by a demonstration of the practice of sun-gazing.
September 12th 7pm
Berry College Chapel
Lecture/demonstration of North Indian Classical music with Steve Gorn on Bansuri flute and Jeffery Lidke on Tablas.
Meet the Interfaith Council
October 9th, 7 p.m.
Dr. David McKenzie, Dr. Jeffrey Lidke and President Briggs will discuss the history, purpose, and current programming of the Interfaith Council. The brief panel will be followed by catered food from the Taj Palace.
Interfaith Center, 6 p.m.
Dancing Bells: A Lecture Demonstration of the Indian Kuchipudi Dance tradition
October 18th, 7 p.m.
Dance master Sasikala Penumarthi will lecture on and demonstrate the ancient classical dance form of Kuchipudi.
October 19th, 4 p.m.
A discussion on the significance of the month of Ramadan to Muslims and its relationship to other Islamic practices.
The Festival of Lights
October 25th, 5 p.m.
Juanita Manisi and Ruth Demeter
Local interfaith leaders Juanita Manisi and Ruth Demeter discuss the history behind and significance of Rome’s first annual Unity of Lights festival.
October 25th, 7 p.m.
The Cup is a comedy about the young boys who live in a Buddhist monastery and how they are conspiring to be able to watch the World Cup finals on television. It could be the plot to any G-rated family-friendly movie, except for the religious setting and the political context of a culture in exile.
Expression and Rejection: A Buddhist Perspective on Negative Emotions
November 1st, 5 p.m.
Tibetan Buddhist nun, Ani Kung will discuss a bit of Buddhist philosophy based on the four noble truths, especially the first and third (suffering and the path beyond suffering). Then it will cover the psychology of how to deal with negative emotions without either expressing or repressing them, i.e. by eliminating them altogether. Here, practical visualization and/or meditation techniques for dealing with anger from the Tibetan Buddhist mind-training techniques might be discussed.
“Sadaa E Zan": Voices of Women in Afghanistan
November 16th, 11 a.m.
Award-winning :"Sadda E Zan: Voices of Women", is an intimate look at the contemporary challenges facing the women in Afghanistan. Composed of testimonials from women and girls, the film offers no easy answers, but it captures the resilient spirit of these women as they bravely emerge from the rubble of tyranny and oppression, determined to reach freedom.
Spring 2006 Programs
A Mandala in Flames: Power and Identity in Dissolving South Asian States
January 19th at 7pm
Multi-media lecture by Dr. Sthaneshwar Timalsina (Professor of Indian Religions at San Diego State University) on the religious significance of the destruction of traditional socio-political systems in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and Sri Lanka.
IFC Film series: Trembling Before G_D
February 13th, 7 p.m.
Trembling Before God is an award-winning 2001 documentary that challenges common assumptions about faith, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism. Built around personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma:
how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. A discussion led by Anne Lewinson will follow the viewing.
IFC Meditation series #1: Zen Meditation and Every Day Life
Interfaith Center, 6 p.m.
Lecture-demonstration by Sensai Michael Elliston on Zen Buddhist meditation and philosophy and its application to everyday life.
IFC Meditation Series #2: Jewish Meditation: Silencing your thoughts to listen to God.
February 20th, 5:30 p.m.
Led by Steve Bell. Participants will learn one way to use Jewish prayers to allow the clearness of a calm mind to open to the divine. How long does it take to acquire this silence? Maimonides suggests 90 days. This day is your first. February 20th at sun down (we are a crepuscular people) .Bring something comfortable to sit on for about 30-minutes of guided practice.
“Aiyé Lojà, Òrun Nilé—This World is the marketplace, the Other World is Home: The Cosmos according to the Yorùbá”
February 28th, 11 a.m.
Dean Abiodun Goke-Pariola
Multi-media presentation by Dean Abiodun Goke-Pariola on African Yoruba traditions. The lecture will emphasize the relationship of Creator to all of creation and how humans are responsible to nurture those relationships.
Meet the Unitarian-Universalists
March 7th at 5 p.m.
Jim Watkins and Jennifer Bell
Berry professor Jim Watkins and alumna Jennifer Bell, along with other members of the Unitarian-Universalists Congregation of Rome, will give a brief explanatory service, followed by a presentation on the history and beliefs of Unitarian-Universalism and a Q&A session with the audience.
Gender, Religious Leadership, and Family Life in Conservative Judaism
March 20th, 5 p.m.
Rabbi Elaine Schnee
Rabbi Elaine Schnee, of Temple Beth El in Dalton, is among the first one-hundred women ordained in the Conservative movement of Judaism. Based on Jewish history and her own personal experiences, she will discuss the process by which women were accepted as rabbis in this branch of Judaism. She also will explore how that change in religious leadership has—or has not—influenced family life in areas such as marriage and divorce. After her brief talk, she welcomes questions and conversation about any topic related to Judaism.
Mysticism and Its New Possibilities for Interfaith Dialogue
March 23rd at 7pm
Lecture by leading scholar of mysticism, Robert Forman (founder of the Forge Institute), on the possibility, challenge and promises of spiritual discovery in the interfaith process.
IFC Meditation Series #3: Christian Meditation Traditions
April 4th, 5 p.m.
Lecture-demonstration on Christian contemplative practice.
Ongoing Classes and Events
Lawn outside Ford Dining Hall
All levels welcome. Co-sponsored by the Senior Alumni Program.
Soto Zen Meditation Group
Pending Approval by Administration
Sessions will be led by Gareth Young, an instructor from the Atlanta Soto Zen Center (ASZC) and disciple of Michael Elliston, Abbot and founder of ASZC. Gareth Young has been a disciple of Taiun Michael Elliston for three years and currently instructs the group at sessions held at a private residence in Kingston.
*Denotes Cultural Events Credit