Week of June 22 | Holden 2020 | Sustenance for our journey
Sacredness of the Earth
Our artist selves have been more present during this isolating pandemic. We find ourselves carefully observing the world and having fewer distractions. Our internet interactions with friends have revealed to us that we are not alone, and we recognize that our entire planet is experiencing the same crisis and suffering. Even in the midst of this global communal disease, there is defiant individualism and the continued fracturing of the whole. The consequences of this ignorance are all around us, in the way we have exploited and damaged our fellow human beings, the creatures, the web of growing things, the land, the waters, and the very air we breathe. Without a sense of the inherent sacredness of the Earth – in every tiny bit of life and death – we struggle to even see God, let alone to respect this reality, to protect it and love it. We need each other.
In this issue of All Things New, you will find guided meditations from Subashini Nadarajah and a music meditation from composer Sam Genualdi. Join Mandy Brobst-Renaud’s webinar this evening. Wherever you may be reading or listening to this, we hope that you find inspiration and sustenance for these days of uncertainty. May you be safe, may you be well, and may you be held in love.
With good courage,
Peg Carlson-Hoffman + Chuck Hoffman
FOR THE JOURNEY
There are many invitations afforded us in times such as these. Invitations to listen, to engage, to be open, to love and remind ourselves that we don’t own the answers. In the spirit of our Summer Conversation, All Things New, this summer will be a different kind of summer. Holden will continue to be a light — just in a new way. In this new world we’re all inhabiting, we're sharing insights from some of our originally scheduled summer faculty.
Featured Summer Faculty
Subashini (Suba) Nadarajah
Global Director of Diversity
Subashini (Suba) Nadarajah is the Global Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at VMLY&R, a global brand and customer experience agency. She is responsible for promoting and celebrating diversity to increase cultural literacy, awareness, and acceptance within VMLY&R and through partnerships. Suba has also been an adjunct professor at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she taught branding and design systems. She believes that art and design, combined with storytelling, give our world a sense of connectivity. They're universal languages that bring people together. Sharing art is one of her utmost fundamental beliefs. When not at VMLY&R or teaching, Suba is a closet architect who designed her own home where she resides with her 7-year-old rescue blue merle sheltie. Her home was even featured in Dwell's online article "Your Rooms We Love." She is an aspiring equestrian, a world traveler, a photographer, an avid walker, and a Pilates lover who finds balance in life through meditation and living mindfully. Guiding meditation and sharing how to live a mindful life has become one of Suba's many life aspirations. In a recent KC TED Talk, she discussed how powerful our breath can be when we are mindful of its virtues, sacredness, and powers.
Guided Meditation with Suba
Suba has been teaching guided mindful meditation for the last seven years, and she has been practicing meditation since childhood. When asked for tips about meditating right now, Suba said, “Don’t force it. You can’t force mindfulness. You have to ease into it little by little.” Suba is currently focusing her personal meditation practice on equanimity given the current emotional state we are all in. “Finding a good balance of the mind. Allowing myself to recognize that it’s OK to feel sad as much as happiness. One doesn’t live without the other. The goal is to have or find an equal balance and to have an even mind.” LISTEN HERE
Mindful Meditation with Suba
Meditation is simply allowing us time to pause and breathe, a place in our mind where there is no judgment and no reservations. A place only to allow us to be peaceful, happy, healthier and a better us. LISTEN HERE
Composer and Songwriter
Sam Genualdi is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Evanston, Illinois. He has performed and studied music traditions on five continents, and is always excited to explore new sounds and ideas. For the last year he has served Holden as Village Musician, and has loved making music in the Cascades.
Sam Genualdi Music Meditation
When I first started working on this piece for BeHolden, my aim was to bring some calm in the midst of the current global pandemic. Since then, George Floyd, yet another unarmed black man has been murdered by the police. Music has a unique ability to bring folks together, to bridge cultural divides, to lift spirits in difficult times and to say what we hold closest to our hearts when words fall woefully short. I hope that for a few short minutes, these sounds can interrupt your day and give you space for reflection. With all my love, Sam.
To add this to your collection or to hear more from Sam go to samgenualdi.bandcamp.com. Sam is sending All Proceeds to Black Lives Matter.
Summer Faculty Webinar Registration
Moral Formation and Re-Formation: Listening to Our Stories in New Ways
With Amanda Brobst-Renaud
How do stories form us? What is the role of new and old stories in our lives? When you think of your story, who is the narrator?
Monday, June 22, 2020 / $25.00
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. PDT | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT
Following Christ Amidst a Planetary Emergency — A three-part book study of An Ecological Theology of Liberation
With Daniel Castillo
What should Christian discipleship look like within the unfolding planetary emergency of social inequality and ecological injustice? This question will guide our three-part book study of An Ecological Theology of Liberation: Salvation and Political Ecology, which argues that love of God must be expressed through the interrelated love of neighbor and earth.
July 7–9 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) / $75.00
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. PDT | 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. EDT
More Resources for Your Journey
Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New KeY
By Larry Rasmussen (2020 Summer Faculty)
Thoughtful observers agree that the planetary crisis we now face – climate change; species extinction; the destruction of entire ecosystems; the urgent need for a more just economic-political order – is pushing human civilization to a radical turning point: change or perish. But precisely how to change remains an open question. In Earth-honoring Faith, Larry Rasmussen answers that question with a dramatically new way of thinking about human society, ethics, and the ongoing health of our planet. Rejecting the modern assumption that morality applies to human society alone, Rasmussen insists that we must derive a spiritual and ecological ethic that accounts for the well-being of all creation, as well as the primal elements upon which it depends: earth, air, fire, water, and sunlight. He argues that good science, necessary as it is, will not be enough to inspire fundamental change. We must draw on religious resources as well to make the difficult transition from an industrial-technological age obsessed with consumption to an ecological age that restores wise stewardship of all life. Earth-honoring Faith advocates an alliance of spirituality and ecology, in which the material requirements for planetary life are reconciled with deep traditions of spirituality across religions, traditions that include mysticism, sacramentalism, prophetic practices, asceticism, and the cultivation of wisdom. It is these shared spiritual practices that can produce a chorus of world faiths to counter the consumerism, utilitarianism, alienation, oppression, and folly that have pushed us to the brink. Written with passionate commitment and deep insight, Earth-honoring Faith reminds us that we must live in the present with the knowledge that the eyes of future generations will look back at us.
Voices from the Village
Glacier Peak Adventure
June 1-4, 2020:
Jonah Jensen Young and Andrew Zimmerman
Climb Glacier Peak via Frostbite Ridge (North Cleaver)
Roundtrip 60 miles and 15,000 feet of elevation gain from Holden Village
Alone Looking at the Mountain
All the birds have flown up and gone;
A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other –
Only the mountain and I.
– Li Po
Alone Looking at the Mountain
Photo by Chuck Hoffman
This series, All Things New, will explore in part the conversation originally scheduled for summer. In this new world we all inhabit, may you find sustenance for your journey.