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Art and spirituality

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Stenger - Judith DiSalvo (jstenger)
Fri, 20 Aug 1999 10:02:03 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Maryanne,
Thank you for your profound words. Teaching is so much more than
the transfer of information.

On Fri, 20 Aug 1999, Maryanne Zakreski wrote:

> Hi Everyone!
> I've been reading everyone's input for a good while now. I really
> appreciate the many helps which I am using in my high school art. I have
> been pondering ALL the conversation about religion in the public schools.
> I am a Catholic religious sister. I love my vocation and my faith and my
> freedom to live and teach the way I believe. Art is a wonderful vehicle to
> convey an attitude toward life: wonder, humility, reverence, respect as well
> as the process of art making conveying the complexitiy of thinking,
> creativity, reflection, etc.
> Because of the degree of energy by many of this group- in itself
> communicates how important faith or spiritual life is. As a matter of fact,
> if we are spiritual people, spirituality permeates every decision we make.
> We cannot "leave it out". In every act of kindness, in every judgment, in
> every choice we make, we choose who we are for better or worse... in every
> work of art!!! We are a work of art in progress and we are in the act of
> creating ourselves.
> I believe that there are underlying principles of every spiritual way that
> is common. Anything we convery to the kids, subtly or otherwise is a plus.
> Better to light a candle. All faiths have wonderful truths. We have a
> common humanity, we are on the road together and we need each other.
> Thank-you for helping me to think on many levels.
> Maryanne
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