What if learning—that is, discerning, debating, reaching to make sense of ourselves, our communities, our cosmos and our Creator, and then considering and ordering our relationships and our responsibilities to all of these things—what if such learning is the very essence of our personhood, of life in community, of our worship of God?
Cynthia Lindner, 2023 Distinguished Alumna Address
Spiritual cartographies. Can one's spiritual life be mapped? What connections can be traced between cultural and spiritual geographies? Shaundra Cunningham, Associate Dean for Community Life at Rockefeller Chapel, will speak at 7:00pm on February 26.
Calling Seattle. Alums and friends in the Seattle-Tacoma area, save Saturday, March 9 at 1:30pm for gathering with good food and good company. You'll have a chance to hear from Justin Carlson about his student internship at First Christian Church in Tacoma with alumnus Doug Collins and to talk with Dean Kris Culp about the latest good news from DDH. RSVP
Building Community: At a Monday forum on February 19, Beau Underwood, Senior Minister of Allisonville Christian Church in Indianapolis, explored "Cultivating faith communities in a secular age." Beau drew on his ministry in congregations and in public life, his doctoral research on chaplaincy, and on Charles Taylor's formulations to frame observations about whether and how a sense of belonging and of transcendence might be attenuated and could be renewed in congregational life.
Dialogue Charlie Platt led a chapel service on February 5 in which he invited his fellow residents, Nisha Keshwani and Benjamin Dorfman, to share wisdom from their faith traditions. Charlie blended his reflections with a reading of Luke 8: 4-18 to emphasize the importance of dialogue and having good interlocutors.
Conversations: On Jan. 29, Dan Arnold, Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Religions in the Divinity School and Associate Faculty, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, had a wide-ranging conversation with students on the novelties and nuances of translation and conveying meaning. In discussing his current work of translating Indian Madhyamaka texts he brought to light the multiplicity of voices that he engages with in the work: "I'm never not in conversation with all the people I've learned from when I do this work."
Kitchen count-down. Renovations aimed at improving everyday DDH life are nearing completion. New induction ranges and a stove hood are set in new cabinets with new lighting and floor finish. Hidden from sight is a massive air handler and ductwork. These improvements will ensure adequate airflow in the dining room and use environmentally friendly ways to reduce the heat.