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Conference considers significance of religious spaces

first_imgVarious keynote speakers and panels discussed the importance of sacred spaces like mosques, churches and temples, as well as the role of traditional elements such as clothing, on campus Thursday.The event was hosted by the John A. Widtsoe Foundation, a Mormon religious and scholarly organization, and included opening remarks by USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni. During a panel discussion on the importance of sacred clothing, Aziza Hasan, the Founding Director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, explained that clothing often serves as an agency of protection and safety, but can be turned into a barrier.“One of the five pillars of Islam is to perform a pilgrimage, known as the hajj,” Hasan said. “Men and women are required to wear very specific clothing. Everyone is equal as the other, rich and poor, man and woman. It’s a leveler of society and a reminder that in the eyes of the almighty we are all the same.” Hasan also said that often, religious ceremony combines with the acquisition of finer goods. “During Ramadan, there is fasting sundown to sunset,” Hasan said. “You are not allowed to eat or drink anything. Coffee helps a lot, even more so do lavender and incense. During Ramadan you can see more individuals seeking lavender and pretty smells, so that they can focus on prayer at end of the day.” According to Hasan, therefore, obtaining decadent clothing or objects is a tradition that makes it possible for Muslims to partake in the experience. “All this access to beautiful resources comes down to relationships,” Hasan said.“When you think about buildings textiles, you want to think of how this is made and how it affects people and has big social impacts.”Lori Meeks, an associate professor and chair of the School of Religion at USC, said that the creation of the physical parts interacted with during religious ceremony showcase how practitioners make faith a personal journey. “One thing that really struck me is that if we put sacred materials in context, we notice the contributions of others that don’t appear in the orthodox doctrinal texts,” Meeks said. “We can see the importance when we think about material aspects, how fabrics were made and so on.” Vinayak Bharne, an associate professor at the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, said that the idea of making faith personal can transcend tradition, making religion practical in the 21st century. “Hinduism has its own canons and rules and places for rules,” Bharne said. “What is beautiful is the more I encounter the entity, the more that I see they broke every single rule. Sacredness is very personal.”For Hasan, this is why sacred spaces have become an important part of developing the faith of the individual, rather than just the select religious scholar. “It’s about ordinary people coming together to convene in sacred spaces,” Hasan said. “It’s very special. Sometimes, we defer to experts and to the elite, but creating spaces where everyone is an equal is important. It helps to build connection and support in the community, and is an important part of what people of faith can do together.” Bharne explained that individual sacred spaces can often manifest in what he called the “unintentional monument,” and that it is not necessarily religious. “If someone has passed away, the spot is marked with flowers and it becomes monumental for the family but not monumental,” Bharne said. “You feel so much for that place when you mark it. All the places I’ve visited that are converted to formal temples are designed to announce its presence, to let people know they are there. They are not personal all.” With the modern era offering more chances for interconnectivity and understanding, Bharne said that it is important to continue to investigate other belief systems in order to comprehend how religion defines perspectives. “The danger of not going behind the scenes is that we always tend to be outsiders,” Bharne said. “We look at the phenomenon from the outside, make our own experiences, tend to draw conclusions, and go away. We need to not be hasty, but take time to change our angle and take time to understand where they are coming from and how they perceive phenomenon.”last_img read more

Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson scheduled to start this weekend

first_img“I’m excited for Brett,” Roberts said. “It’s been a long road back for him. To get him back, it’s obviously a good thing for us.”McCarthy, meanwhile, threw another bullpen session Thursday in search of the fastball command that deserted him in recent starts. McCarthy walked a career-high five batters in each of his past two starts, failing to complete four innings in either one.McCarthy described his lack of command as feeling “weird” during those starts but said everything “felt very normal this week” while throwing in the bullpen. McCarthy said he made some minor adjustments in his delivery centered on his timing and release point during those bullpen sessions with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.“A lot of it is just getting the natural feel back,” said McCarthy who has made seven starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. “It feels like something has been found. Now it’s just making sure that’s it.”Puig talk Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers will use a couple familiar pieces to assemble their rotation puzzle this time around.After throwing two bullpen sessions this week, right-hander Brandon McCarthy will make his scheduled start on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. And left-hander Brett Anderson will return from back surgery to make his 2016 debut on Sunday.With those two veterans available, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said rookie left-hander Julio Urias will move to the bullpen and pitch in a multi-inning role if needed. However, the Dodgers will need to make a roster move to add Anderson on Sunday and could make another when lefty reliever Adam Liberatore (elbow inflammation) is eligible to return Sunday as well.Anderson was pronounced ready to go after pitching 12 innings over three minor-league rehab starts and a bullpen session on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. He has not faced major-league hitters since Game 3 of the Dodgers’ NL Division Series loss to the New York Mets last October.center_img Demoted outfielder Yasiel Puig played his first home game for Triple-A Oklahoma City Friday night. Before the game, he spoke with reporters and answered questions about the move by the Dodgers.“I’m here to become a better player,” Puig said through an interpreter. “That was their decision. I don’t feel like this was a punishment. I feel like this is going to help me grow.“I’m here because I was not doing the right things over there. I’m here to improve myself. I’m here to become a better athlete again. … There’s a reason why I’m here. But I’m going to do my best to become the player that I was.”Puig referred to becoming the player “I was in 2013, 2014” and stuck to his talking points about being focused on “being a better teammate.and a better person.”Puig said the party videos he posted Sunday were a mistake. The Dodgers issued a statement at the time saying they were “disappointed” with the behavior of Puig and his teammates shown on the videos.“I really didn’t know how to use Snapchat,” he said. “I was just playing around with my teammates. I just did something that was wrong.”Then he went out and had three hits — a single, triple and home run — and drove in four runs for the OKC Dodgers Friday. In four games since reporting to the Triple-A team, Puig is 7 for 16 (.438) with four extra-base hits (a double, triple and two home runs) and nine RBIs.“I do want to go back to the major leagues,” Puig said. “That’s my dream and it’s still my dream to go back.“I need to do what my teammates (in Los Angeles) are doing because I’m not there. I don’t feel like I’m on the level that they are so I need to work on that. I want to be a part of the team and be at the same level as my teammates. … I know I’m not a perfect guy. But I want to be a better teammate. That’s what I’m here for.”NotesClayton Kershaw played catch again Friday and is expected to repeat the throwing session Saturday, according to Roberts. The Dodgers’ manager was hesitant to say anything about Kershaw’s progress — or lack of it — in his recovery from a back injury. But Roberts remains optimistic that further progress is “on the horizon.” … Left-hander Rich Hill threw another bullpen session before Friday’s game. He has had starts tentatively scheduled twice only to have them pushed back in order to give his injured finger more time to heal. … Reliever Joe Blanton rejoined the Dodgers Friday and was activated from the bereavement list. Left-hander Luis Avilan was returned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to clear a roster spot.last_img read more

It is garage sale weekend. Post your FREE garage sale ads here

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Brenda Nelson · 351 weeks ago Nelson’s Christmas Sale. Saturday Nov. 23, 1404 North Plum, 8:00 am- 3:00pm, Wellington. Six ladies selling lots of Christmas items. We have all kinds of decorations including Hallmark ornaments, lights, trees, Santa’s, nativity sets, Christmas cards, twin size Santa comforter set, some home decor and Antiques. Inside nice warm garage! Report Reply 1 reply · active 351 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down EKJ · 351 weeks ago This is one of the BEST SALES every time. Don’t miss it. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Jeanette · 351 weeks ago INSIDE SALE nov. 22nd FRIDAY 3pm-6pm EVERYTHING MUST GO!!!!! WOODLAWN APT# 245 No Reasonable offers refused!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Amanda · 350 weeks ago Garage & bake sale to help support Amanda’s world race missions trip. At 323 East 18th From 8am-1? Dishwasher, Nook color tablet, 17′ HP laptop (not even a year old) some signed KU basketball items by former Jayhawks and more. Bake goods: Angel food cake, Brownies, rice crispy treats, cookies, & pumpkin scones. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Nov. 22-24, 2013. If you still need garage sales just use the comment section below. Good luck, bargain hunting! last_img read more

SCEDC to host two Sumner County town meetings on Cowley College proposal

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Nancy · 212 weeks ago 10 & 6. Does anyone else work in Wichita? Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Sumner County Economic Development Commission will be hosting Cowley College for two Sumner County Town Hall meetings on August 1, 2016, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. These meetings will be held at the Wellington High School Auditorium, located at 1700 East 16th in Wellington.Dr. Dennis Rittle, President, Cowley College, will provide a presentation and respond to questions regarding Cowley College’s plan for a campus in Sumner County.Please plan to attend either one of these meetings, said Stacy Davis, Sumner County Economic Development Commission Executive Director.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more