It’s fun, it’s fast, and it may promote peace
BY TONI CASHNELLI
The intolerance that pervades our world has evolved over thousands of years.
What if we sat down for a few minutes with people of other faiths and aired our perceptions and prejudices? Would we then understand what it means to be a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew?
NEWMAN CENTER PHOTOSSpeedfaithing at UC: Ready, set, start relating!“It seemed they were making friends” at the Speedfaithing event.It could happen. It DID happen April 6 when religious communities at the University of Cincinnati came together for an evening of “Speedfaithing”. Think speed dating, in which eligible singles move from one prospect to another, chatting until a bell or buzzer sends them on to the next partner.
At the Speedfaithing event the conversation, limited to five minutes with each person, did more than scratch the surface. “There was a lot of energy, very relational, a positive atmosphere,” says Sr. Leslie Keener, CDP, a Campus Minister and one of the organizers. Now planning next year’s programs, she’s hoping to expand the idea this fall. “We had to promise the students we would do another event that wasn’t timed so they could have another conversation.”
Al Hirt, OFMInteraction is key to understanding, says Fr. Al Hirt, pastor of St. Monica-St. George Parish Newman Center at UC. “Given the distrust and lack of knowledge of religions beyond our own, small events like this bring together a variety of people who get a chance to touch a little bit of what makes each of us tick spiritually.” But this isn’t their only outreach effort. “Our parish also hosted an Iftar dinner a few weeks ago (when Muslims break fast during Ramadan) which is another opportunity to simply meet one another in what I call the ‘sacrament of relationship.’”
Sr. Leslie Keener, CDPThe Speedfaithing concept, borrowed from Xavier University, was suggested by Paula Harlan, Campus Minister at UC’s Hillel Jewish Student Center. “Paula asked if I would be interested in doing that with her,” says Leslie, who responded, “Oh gosh, yes, that sounds so interesting.” The timing seemed perfect in a national atmosphere of interfaith tension sparked by acts of terrorism and fanned by political campaigns.
“We invited other campus ministries to help out,” so Muslim Chaplain Amina Darwish and Hillel’s Director, Sharon Stern, also signed on. “We advertised within various ministries, put it on Facebook and my bulletin,” says Leslie. The word went out to a professor of religious studies at UC, who encouraged students to attend the Speedfaithing event for extra credit.
“We found a room near the baseball stadium and set up a long table for kosher pizza and other food. We didn’t put chairs in the rest of the room, just chairs in groups of two spread throughout.” The day of the event, about 40 curious students showed up.
“We told them, ‘Try to sit with somebody you don’t know,’ and then they changed and sat with somebody they hadn’t talked with.” By the time the event ended, “It seemed they were making friends and meeting people they really liked and wanted to get to know,” Leslie says. “The thing was, the students were so excited they got annoyed every time we rang the bell; they rolled their eyes” in exasperation. “They didn’t like being interrupted.”
As an experiment in interfaith dialogue, “It was pretty cool.”
In any language, God“In every language, embedded in every sacred text, the Divine is everywhere and everything – sometimes hidden, sometimes obvious, always present.” That’s how the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace introduced its latest video, One God Chant, on YouTube. Check out its beautiful message at: youtube.com.
Brady Lecture explores ‘lost’ life of Francis
BY FR. PAT MCCLOSKEY, OFM
Alex Kratz, Pat McCloskey, Jeff Scheeler, Dominic Monti of HN Province, St. Bonaventure President Sr. Margaret Carney, Dr. Joshua Benson (Catholic University teacher) and David Couturier, OFM Cap, Executive Director, Franciscan InstituteFr. Jeff Scheeler, Fr. Alex KratzProfessor Jacques Dalarun
Dalarun spoke about his newest book, The Rediscovered Life of St. Francis of Assisi. This text written for friars dates to 1230-‘39 (the generalate of Brother Elias) and seeks to condense the Vita Prima (1229) while adding new material (about 60%), especially about miracles connected to St. Francis. Celano’s The Memorial of the Desire of a Soul (Vita Secunda) was completed in 1247.
The new text is 1/8 of a larger book bought by the National Library of France in 2015. The book appears to be a preaching manual with Francis’ Admonitions, selections from the sermon notes of Anthony of Padua and other material; it dates to 15th century in central Italy.
The Brady lectures are funded by an endowment given to the Franciscan Institute by St. John the Baptist Province in 2002. Ignatius Brady taught at the Franciscan Institute in the 1950s and during summer sessions in the 1970s. The first lecture was given in November 2004; for scheduling reasons, no lecture was given in 2015.
The Rediscovered Life’s Latin text was translated into English by Professor Timothy Johnson of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. The book is available through www.franciscanpublications.com.
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Some tips for staying hydrated:
Remember to stay hydrated in winter as well as warmer seasons. Water is your best option, but other drinks and foods can help as well. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas can contribute to the amount of water you get each day. Water can also be found in fruits and vegetables and in soup broths.
Have fun trying new and exciting ways to drink water and it will become part of your routine and lifestyle!
–Your Province Nurse,
Michelle Viacava, RN
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PHOTOS BY DAVID CRANK, OFMNew Orleans Poor Clares send Mark Gehret off with a blessing.Louisiana friars at the parkDavid Crank was welcomed.
Jerry Beetz with Ellen Salmi and Joshua van CleefBishop John Stowe, OFM Conv Br. Jerry BeetzFr. Mike Chowning Br. Mike Dubec
The silver lining in this sadness may be the evolution of the Franciscan presence in the area. Joshua van Cleef, a former temporarily professed friar, and his soon to be wife Ellen Salmi will live and serve as Pastoral Directors in Jackson and be part of a team serving the area with Glenmary priests, a permanent deacon, and a retired diocesan priest.
Pat Riestenberg, a recent Province affiliate, will continue to serve in Hazard. The Oldenburg Sisters will continue to serve in Campton.
– Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM
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Jerry Beetz with Ellen Salmi and Joshua van CleefThis past weekend we celebrated departure ceremonies at Holy Cross in Jackson, Ky., and Church of the Good Shepherd in nearby Campton. I joined Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv, of Lexington, Br. Jerry Beetz and Fr. Reynolds Garland. It was clear to me that these brothers are deeply loved by the people they have served. On July 31, I will join Bishop Stowe, Fr. Mike Chowning and Br. Mike Dubec at Mother of Good Counsel in Hazard. I anticipate that this ceremony will be equally difficult.
It’s fun, it’s fast, and it may promote peace
PHOTO BY FLICKROur current heat wave reminds us how important it is to stay hydrated. Your body depends on water to survive and every cell, tissue, and organ needs water to work correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Water is necessary for good overall health.
It’s fun, it’s fast, and
it may promote peace