The Blue Christmas Mass is a tradition begun in 2011 at Our Lady of the Woods Chapel by Fr. Ronald Knott, chaplain at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. It was the result of an article he wrote for The Record which noted that for many the Christmas season can be more depressing than uplifting. "Not everybody finds this time of year to be a happy time. People lose relatives, parents lose children. For a lot of people there is a great deal of sadness. Some people, because of their personal experiences, just dread the arrival of the holidays. Then they go to Midnight Mass and that kind of rubs it in. The Blue Christmas Mass is more meditative and reflective. It is not festive, there are no trumpets playing Joy to the World." This book is a collection of Fr. Knott's homilies given at the past five Blue Christmas Masses. He offers them as a comfort to those who find Christmas a painful time.
This inspiring and informative book reveals the strategies, tools, and culture that completely transformed the Greater Clark County Indiana School District, with 10,600 students in 19 schools, over a three-year period, increasing its student achievement scores in literacy by 26% and in mathematics by 35%.
Aspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age : Essays on Religion and Theology in the Work of Charles Taylor
Justin Klassen et al.
Aspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age, whose title is inspired by Charles Taylor’s magisterial A Secular Age, offers a host of expert analyses of the religious and theological threads running throughout Taylor’s oeuvre, illuminating further his approaches to morality, politics, history, and philosophy. Although the scope of Taylor’s insight into modern secularity has been widely recognized by his fellow social theorists and philosophers, Aspiring to Fullness focuses on Taylor’s insights regarding questions of religious experience.
Dorothy Day was one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century. In spite of having no formal training in theology, Day's work and writing on behalf of the poor and oppressed bears eloquent testimony to the creativity and courage of her theological vision. Her journalism for the Catholic Worker and her advocacy for the poor, women, ethnic minorities, and others come together to form a consistent theology of the church and its ministry to the world.
Eric P. Roorda
Despite its significance in the history of Spanish colonialism, the Dominican Republic is familiar to most outsiders through only a few elements of its past and culture. Non-Dominicans may be aware that the country shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and that it is where Christopher Columbus chose to build a colony. Some may know that the country produces talented baseball players and musicians; others that it is a prime destination for beach vacations. Little else about the Dominican Republic is common knowledge outside its borders. This Reader seeks to change that. It provides an introduction to the history, politics, and culture of the country, from precolonial times into the early twenty-first century.
Carl W. Hafele
Financial crashes are a necessary part of capitalism, as the market occasionally needs to "reset" itself. Some crashes are relatively minor and short-lived. Others, like the Wall Street Crash of 1929, are devastating, depression-triggering events. Many, like the Great Recession that commenced in 2007, are worsened by improper economic policies.Professor of economics and money manager Carl Hafele warns readers that, unless U.S. economic policy changes, and changes soon, the nation is heading for a cataclysmic financial crash on a scope not seen since 1929. Using historical market crashes as examples, Hafele proves that sound economic policies lessen the frequency and severity of financial crises, and explains how our current economic path and policies are both unsustainable and alarming.
Jennifer Lynde Barker
Through a series of detailed film case histories ranging from The Great Dictator to Hiroshima mon amour to The Lives of Others, The Aesthetics of Antifascist Film: Radical Projection explores the genesis and recurrence of antifascist aesthetics as it manifests in the WWII, Cold War and Post-Wall historical periods.
Emerging during a critical moment in film history―1930s/1940s Hollywood― cinematic antifascism was representative of the international nature of antifascist alliances, with the amalgam of film styles generated in émigré Hollywood during the WWII period reflecting a dialogue between an urgent political commitment to antifascism and an equally intense commitment to aesthetic complexity. Opposed to a fascist aesthetics based on homogeneity, purity and spectacle, these antifascist films project a radical beauty of distortion, heterogeneity, fragmentation and loss. By juxtaposing documentation and the modernist techniques of surrealism and expressionism, the filmmakers were able to manifest a non-totalizing work of art that still had political impact.
Drawing on insights from film and cultural studies, aesthetic and ethical philosophy, and socio-political theory, this book argues that the artistic struggles with political commitment and modernist strategies of representation during the 1930s and 40s resulted in a distinctive, radical aesthetic form that represents an alternate strand of post-modernism.
Buying a Business provides practical advice for individuals and managers who are considering buying a business – whether for the first time or as a repeat occurrence. Included is a step-by-step analysis of the two stages of acquisitions. Chapters in the first section deal with preliminary issues to be addressed including business plans. The authors provide buyers with advice on governance and management, accounting, finance, and tax issues that must be addressed in any acquisition.
This book, the fifth of a series in contemporary service-learning topics published by the University of Indianapolis Press, has emerged from presentations at the Fourth International Symposium on Service-Learning held in China in September 2011. The contributors to this text are researchers, educators, and administrators of service-learning pedagogy, theory, and practice from many countries and diverse disciplines.
Shawn Apostle et al.
The authors of Teaching Applied Creative Thinking: A New Pedagogy for the 21st Century believe this book to be the first in the field about teaching creative thinking in the new millennium. While many books talk about creativity and provide the justification for adding creative thinking as a student learning outcome, this book focuses on applying creativity to the teaching and learning process. The authors ask, “does anyone truly believe the world’s problems are going to be solved by students with only a high proficiency in common core competencies?” With student learning outcomes as a goal, we must rethink teaching and learning to include creativity. Posed for the 21st-Century learner, their new paradigm, Mentor-from-the-Middle, replicates scholarly inquiry by developing a scholarly frame of mind. The teacher assumes new roles in this paradigm of scholar, mentor, facilitator, coach, model, and critical reflector. These roles in turn combine to help transform the learner into an active creative thinker.
This new volume of poetry by Frederick Smock began with his chance discovery of the work of 20th century Norwegian poet Olav Hauge, who "opened a window through which many of these poems subsequently entered." Written with his seemingly effortless elegance, these are poems of finely etched observation, of serene appreciation, as deceptively simple as the world they depict with such grace. "Each poem in this book creates a blaze of clarity, intensifies a moment of insight: evening sun climbing a bookshelf, lichen feasting on a tree trunk, a window looking down into a courtyard or up into blue sky. Like the opthalmologist's just-right lens, Smock's poems bring the blurry world into focus so that sight and insight become Vision, revealing our world's bounty, helping us to see, doing the real work of poetry.
Aaron Hoffman and Lee Remington Williams
The relationship of political theory to social science would seem to be a simple subject. If one were to stop at basic classifications, then the relationship of political theory to social science would be very easy to conceive. Political science is one of the social sciences. It is a subset of social science. Within political science, political theory is an area of study. Therefore, political theory is also a social science. On a purely definitional level, it seems that one needs to examine the issue no further than that. However, this text seeks to complicate this supposedly simple lesson.
Thomas Merton and Paul Pearson (Editor)
Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, was both a poet and a theologian who pondered Christian life. He was praised for his meditations and conversations with God, as well as interfaith dialogue, tolerance, and non-violent activism. This book is a collection of his work, including poems, reflections, and social commentary.
William Fenton and Barbara E. Reynolds
"From two authors who embrace technology in the classroom and value the role of collaborative learning comes College Geometry Using The Geometer's Sketchpad. The book's truly discovery-based approach guides readers to learn geometry through explorations of topics ranging from triangles and circles to transformational, taxicab, and hyperbolic geometries. In the process, readers hone their understanding of geometry and their ability to write rigorous mathematical proofs"
Isaac McDaniel spent two decades living as a monk at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, in Southern Indiana. Days of Grace and Wonder is a daily chronicle of life inside the cloister of a Benedictine monastery during the exciting years of reform that followed the Second Vatican Council. The book surveys a tapestry of people encountered and places visited, the joys and tensions of life at close quarters with more than a hundred other cenobites, as well as the wider backdrop of nine presidential elections, three papal conclaves, a half-dozen social revolutions and the horrors of September 11th.
Amy Tudor is a recipient of grants from both the Kentucky Arts Council and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. In addition to her poetry, Tudor has published fiction, essays, photographs, and scholarly work in such journals as Antioch Review, Cream City Review, Blackbird, and The International Journal of the Humanities.
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