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The Lives of Others. 7/22/10, Steamboat, CO

Ellyn makes a breakfast for us retreaters: something new and delicious this morning: a Green Chili Egg Puff…

Hoops shares with me from a book by Nouwen on education (copied from Amazon):

“Nouwen renounces fostering an atmosphere of fear caused by competition (mainly over grades), taking advantage of one’s position of authority, or treating class time as merely a means to some future end (and not relevant for the hear and now). These common methods of teaching result in closed-minded students who do not seek to understand the views of their colleagues, who are intimidated from reflecting on their own thoughts, and who feel alienated from reality.

Nouwen suggests that the task of the teacher instead is to engage in a “redemptive method” that consists of an evocative, bilateral, and actualizing process. (p.10) He explains, “[W]hen schools are places . . . where people can live together without fear of each other, and learning can be based on a creative exchange of experiences and ideas, then there is a chance that those who come from them will have an increasing desire to bring about in the world what they experienced during their years of formation.” (p.14)”

Hoops says he read in Nouwen’s book on the way to the retreat but the experience last night in the story telling/slideshow/discussions gave flesh to what he read.

Hoops is an avid reader disciplined to read 100 books this year. He offers up these books as favorites (so far):

Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale By Frederick Buechner

Eugene Peterson(Spiritual Theology Series):
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology
Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way
Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ
Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers

The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

With a brief introduction by Dale, I present my keynote presentation on Consecrated Space (notes are online as are Pope Benedict’s letter and Pope John Paul II’s letter to artists)

We discuss. It is a long and fruitful discussion.

We all leave for a concert in the Botanical Garden Park.

Lunch at  Freshies.

We walk around town, have gellato in the rain.

I call my Mom to see how she is (she is again in the hospital, but sounds strong and wants to go back to Las Casitas)

When we return, Hoops and I watch the Sigur Rós documentary “Heima” – Kelsey joins us, then Kristie, then Eric and Randi.

Dale arrives with Pizza.

It was spiritual movie night. Last time we watched Ink, this time a movie was chosen from the Arts and Faith / Iamge top ten most significant spiritual movies: The Lives of Others.

We discuss.

A lot was discussed today about Beauty, Transcendence,  Transformation, and Hope.

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