April 2011 Student Center Foundation Good and Its Sweet Concord Special points of interest: Amy Brice reminisces : DiscoveryBound rock climbing! CSO member sees God in her work as UW-Madison yearbook photographer Tackling relevant topics: CSO alive on campus The elements that comprise our Organization Clockwise from middle, front: Caryl Farkas, Anna Farkas, Gordon Myers, Carter Van Fossen * *In part from...S&H pg. 130 Higher in Thought; Higher Than We Thought! While driving two boys home from the DiscoveryBound indoor rock climbing event (sponsored by the Student Center Foundation), I asked them what their favorite part of the whole event was. Both of the boys in the car stated that it was, ―Doing more than we thought we could.‖ The boys did climb to the top of many walls in the climbing facility that day—and it was such a joy to witness how determined both of these two boys were, along with the other students who attended! Whether they had just reached the top of one wall and were ready to move onto the next wall, or whether they had just slipped and had to work harder to once again climb to where they were on a specific wall, there was a certain focus that remained unchanged. High fives and encouraging words added to the proof that divine power and support were the true foundation for all of the good activity reflected by each climber and supervisor that day! Two of our participants came up to Wisconsin from Illinois to attend this event. How wonderful that activities such as this provide an opportunity for Christian Science youth to connect. With ongoing support and efforts from each of us, as the adults in the lives of our Christian Science youth, we can help foster an awareness of the presence of like-minded friends. In accord with seeing beyond limitations such as distance, Christian Science Practitioner and Teacher, Caryl Farkas, shared some thoughts with the DiscoveryBound group about how each climber that day saw past some perceived form of limitation, and how she, herself, felt challenged with feelings of limitations while rock climbing as a youth at camp. It is evident that when Caryl realized very clearly that she was not the one making herself more capable and confident, but that God was the one causing her to feel capable, strong, and loved, she naturally rose higher in thought and action! Caryl also shared an inspirational story that mirrors this Truth from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: ―We are all capable of more than we do,‖ pg. 89. A boy in China who was about ten years old was in the initial stages of learning a certain form of martial arts. The school he attended would periodically have an event for the families and friends of the students to celebrate their progress. Different students prepared far in advance to do their particular demonstration. The master told this young boy that at the event he was to break a certain number of a certain type of brick. This task was a little bit unusual since the boy had never done it before and would not actually perform the action before hand. Yes, he would practice like everyone else, but he would only practice the technique, not the actual breaking. When the young boy expressed concern to the master, the master simply smiled and said, "You will have no problem. You know everything you need to break the bricks.” The day of the event came and all the students performed brilliantly to the audience's delight and appreciation. Finally, for the finale, the boy came out, bowed to the crowd, bowed to his master, and attacked the bricks as he had practiced. To everyone's amazement, the bricks broke easily under the boy's hand. The master stepped forward, motioned for everyone to be silent, and explained that what the young boy had just done had never been done before in history. Not by himself, not by any of the great masters of the world. The master shared that the boy, while talented, had been able to accomplish this seemingly impossible feat not because of talent, but simply because he believed he could perform the feat with no doubts in his heart. What a perfect example of Mary Baker Eddy‘s dear reminder to all of us that, ―The finite must yield to the infinite. Advancing to a higher plane of action, thought rises from the material sense to the spiritual, from the scholastic to the inspirational, and from the mortal to the immortal,‖ (S&H pg. 256). Realizing our sure footing on a ‗higher plane of action‘ is truly a present reality. Good and Its Sweet Concord* Page 2 Surrounded by God’s Reflections Whether I am stepping out onto the football field, the basketball court, or into a theater, I am surrounded by God‘s reflections. As a photographer for the Badger Yearbook, I have many opportunities to see God in action. After every event, I look through hundreds of photos, and in my first semester or two I would look for good lighting and the focus to be on the right thing. Since then I have noticed other things in every photo: in every photo there is Life (capitalized when referring to synonyms for God), Love, and beauty. It was New Year‘s Day and the UW Badger football team was playing in the Rose Bowl. Our football team did well enough this year to make it to this game; excitement and pride flooded our campus. I went through the security checkpoint at the stadium, through the media room, and onto the field. As a photographer, I was allowed onto the field before the general public was let into the stadium. I walked through the tunnel and was incredibly excited and in complete disbelief. When I stepped onto the field, I was in awe. First off, I still could not believe I was there, but I was mostly in awe Second from left: Jessica Fine “Every time I look back at the pictures I took from that game, I see a reflection of His omnipresence, His beauty, His agility, and His commitment.” because I saw God‘s work right before me. I was in an incredible stadium that reflected His strength and balance. I was about to witness a game full of Life and Love – Life as in agility, movement, freedom. Love as in passion, trust, and commitment. In that moment, I could imagine all of His qualities being expressed through a single activity; football. As I stood, kneeled, and laid on that field throughout the game, capturing photos, God and His reflections surrounded me. Not only was I surrounded by incredible expressions of Life and Love, but I also saw His beauty. Every second. His beauty was not only expressed in the stadium and the crowd around me, but in the players on the field as well! His beauty was also in the hills and mountains around us, and in the buildings of downtown Los Angeles. Moreover, the fact that I was even there in the first place was beautiful to me. Each photo, each frame captures a moment of God‘s expression. It serves as an example and a reminder that even if the score is not in our favor and even as the players are being tackled to the ground, there is something higher, something protecting us, and something guiding our every action. There was even protection in the moment that John Clay, a running back on our team, almost ran out of bounds right into me in the second half. That something, as you may have already guessed, is God. Every time I look back at the pictures I took from that game, I see a reflection of His omnipresence, His beauty, His agility, and His commitment. As I apply these qualities to a non-football setting, I see God‘s qualities beaming throughout campus. I see Life in the eyes of students, I see commitment in our professors and advisors, and I see beauty in Lake Mendota and our campus buildings. Everyday and everywhere I feel God surrounding me in His many forms. One example is being on the terrace at the Union. Humor me for a minute, and try this: right where you are, stop for a second and close your eyes. It feels like you have just taken a picture with your mind, right? Keeping your eyes shut as to not lose that picture, think about what is in that frame. Are there growing trees? Is there a smiling face? A computer? A stable building? A roof over your head? A clear sky above you? I bet you could come up with several of God‘s qualities being expressed in that single frame. Taking pictures with your mind is a great way I have found to see the beauty wherever I am, whatever I am doing. I could be on a basketball court, in a classroom, or running down University Avenue; all of the qualities that come from Him are right there. They leave room for nothing else. ~Jessica Fine, Sophomore at UW-Madison, has worked as a camp counselor for Camp Kohanna– a C.S. camp in MI CSO—at the Concord House Good and Its Sweet Concord* Page 3 A short quotation from page 332 of Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy comes to mind: ―Spring is here!‖ It is my great pleasure to report that the CSO is alive and livelier than ever. We have been continuing our consistent format of weekly discussion meetings. I do hope that some of you have had a chance to follow our mental and spiritual progress through our online blog; and if not, do check it out sometime! We‘ve also added the capacity to post comments and feedback on our website, so YOU can take part in our discussions, ask questions, and leave comments for the CSO members. This little group of big thinkers has not shied away from tackling some very important and relevant topics in our discussions and prayers— subjects such as eating disorders, depression, political tension, and applying Jesus‘ command to ―bless them that curse you‖ in today‘s world. We‘ve also been letting the light of every individual student and CSO member shine, giving more opportunities for other CSO members to lead the discussions and try out new ideas. Just last month one CSO member came up with the idea to host a talent show as a chance to see an exhibition of all the multifarious talents in our community. And I, for one, can joyously report that I was blown away by all the wonderful expressions of art, “ This little group beauty, and talent that our CSO members shared! From the glorious examples of poetry, professional photography, and music, it was a lot of fun! And I‘m equally pleased to report on the strong sense of community and caof big thinkers has maraderie that has developed in our group. Continuing to be a part of this CSO has been such a blessing. Knowing that there is so much talent within our organization has given rise to a whole new set of ideas. not shied away Recently the CSO came up with the idea to put on a large scale video production in an effort to glorify God and from tackling preach the gospel in new and dynamic ways. Some CSO members got together over the course of two evenings some very to act out a familiar Bible story using pí yĭng xì, or more simply, Chinese shadow puppets. With a little added muimportant and sic and video editing, I‘m pleased to report that the project was a huge success, and can be viewed on both our website as well as on YouTube. We‘ve included an image below from some of the footage to give you a sneak relevant topics…” peek. In addition to simply retelling a story from the Bible, we also included footage of some of the CSO members offering their own take on the story—how the Bible is relevant to them—and what spiritual interpretation they were able to discover beneath the surface of the story. We saw this as a wonderful opportunity to spread the messages of Christianity in a way that many people can relate to and understand. ~Gordon Myers, Alumni of UW-Madison, is a former Concord House resident and current SCF Board member, who works as a web developer in Madison Left to right: Cara Evanson, Bing Ma, Jill Engel, Gordon Myers CSO shadow puppeteers Good and Its Sweet Concord* Student Center Foundation 315 N. Mills St. Madison, WI 53715 Reminder: Phone: 608-256-1389 10:00am to 3:00pm Email: [email protected] *Please visit www.csomadison.org for updates on the Concord House, the CSO, or to see how you can make a difference with your individual contributions (by check, PayPal, or appreciated equities)! Concord House Spring Clean Up & Barbeque When: April 16th Where: 315 N. Mills Street, Madison, WI Your help is greatly appreciated! There are many different elements that comprise our Organization Glossary Sc The Student Center Foundation : The glue that holds everything together. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that owns and oversees the building at 315 North Mills Street, manages the finances, and employs a house manager to run the Concord program. The SCF also provides use of the building for the Christian Science Organization, and underwrites their activities. Cs Christian Science Organization: The Christian Science Organization is a registered student organization comprised chiefly of UW Madison students. The mission of the CSO is to support the daily spiritual needs of students on the UW Madison campus. It is an interfaith organization that welcomes any student, and at meetings we share passages from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Co Concord Residential Community: The Concord Residential Community, or simply Concord House, is an interfaith dormitory on the UW Madison campus that provides housing and fellowship to students that agree to adhere to the moral codes of the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. S Swope Loan Program: The Swope Loan Program is a program sponsored by the Student Center Foundation that offers student loans to any active and earnest student of Christian Science attending a college in the University of Wisconsin (UW) network. Students in need of funding may apply for a loan of up to $5,000 per year, with a maximum of $25,000 outstanding.
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