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The finger and the new Moons

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by la fra No Comments

Tutte le mani del mondo indicano alla stessa luna. Tutti gli occhi vedono la stessa luna. E tutti sognamo con la stessa luna. In antichitá considerata dea, é l’unica grande sfera sopra di noi che pur ripetendo le sue apparizioni per tutti gli esseri viventi della terra, arriva e sparisce, attira e respinge e muove, muove i flussi, gli oceani della terra cosí come le parti d’acqua presenti in ognuno di noi.

Tutte le dita indicano la luna, soltanto che ogni mano la chiama con un nome tutto suo: Selene a Artemide o Luna e Diana oppure al maschile divenne anche Nanna o Sin o ancora Thoth. Men oppure Tsukuyomi. In India era Chanda, e ricevette una maledizione dal dio Ganesha, che la puní con cicli di 15 giorni, costringendola a scomparire ognitanto.

Fasi lunari

Per la civiltá di Teotihuacan Chalchiutlicue era la dea dell’acqua relazionata anche alla luna, alla quale dedicarono persino la famosa piramide al fondo della “calzada de los muertos” (210 – 450 d.C.), alta 40 metri. Una grande scalinata porta in cima alla piramide, ovvero sulla piattaforma superiore, dove si realizzavano le cerimonie per Chalchiutlicue.

Per gli antichi celti si contava il tempo con mesi lunari: da una luna nuova alla successiva, un mese equivaleva al ciclo completo del satellite attorno alla terra. Soprattutto per i saggi druidi che ancor piú degli altri vivevano in costante comunicazione con la natura che avevano attorno, la luna e le sue fasi rappresentavano momenti decisivi per poter raccogliere certe piante e averne cosí la qualitá migliore. La luna avrebbe influsso anche sulla presenza benefica o meno dei principi attivi della pianta che si vuole raccogliere, tanto che solamente alcuni momenti del mese, del giorno e della notte sono buoni per effettuare la raccolta.

Per secoli e per qualcuno ancora oggi, la luna scandisce ritmi concreti di lavoro e ordina nel tempo attivitá funzionali al lavoro della terra. I contadini aspettano il nuvilunio per mettere il mosto nelle botti affinché diventi vino, e la luna é fondamentale. Fasi di luna crescente o calante sono importanti nella raccolta e nella semina, da sempre.

Taizè meditative singing

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by Liuba No Comments

Taizé is a monastic community located in Taizé, France, founded in the 1940s by a Swiss named Roger Louis Schütz-Marsauche, familiarly called Brother Roger. The “brothers” of Taizé have taken a vow of celibacy and are committed to a lifetime of simplicity, service, and community. There is an ecumenical emphasis at Taizé, as expressed in their official website, which says the community “wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples.” Brother Roger was especially eager to bring Catholics and Protestants together.

Practicing the silence with icons, candles, incense and prayer stations, this very contemplative community is attracting young people from around the world.

“Short chants, repeated again and again, give it a meditative character,” the brothers explain in a brief introduction printed in the paperback songbook. “Using just a few words, [the chants] express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being.”

 

Sai Baba

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by Liuba No Comments

L’insegnamento di Sathya Sai Baba si fonda sul concetto che l’uomo sia essenzialmente divino e che debba quindi impegnarsi a riscoprire la propria natura divina.

Satya Sai Baba affermò più volte di non voler fondare una nuova religione, né una setta o un nuovo credo, o di volere raccogliere proseliti; nonostante sia nato in un contesto induista, il suo messaggio era inteso come universale e si rivolgeva indistintamente ai fedeli di tutte le religioni, a cui raccomandava la sincera adorazione di Dio nelle forme e nei mezzi propri di ciascuna religione: cardine del suo insegnamento è infatti l’unità delle religioni e delle discipline spirituali, concepite come strade differenti verso l’unico Dio. Molta importanza è data al canto devozionale (bhajan) e alla preghiera (con la ripetizione dei mantra), al servizio altruistico disinteressato (seva), e allo studio della spiritualità attraverso i testi sacri e spirituali di ogni tradizione o cultura.

Ha affermato inoltre che l’essere umano, per potersi definire tale, dovrebbe vivere secondo cinque valori principali, i cosiddetti valori umani, presenti – seppur in modo latente – in ogni individuo: verità, amore, pace, rettitudine e non-violenza; la cui costante e progressiva riscoperta e messa in pratica costituisce la vera essenza della ricerca spirituale.

Nel 1963 è sorta l’Organizzazione Sathya Sai, organizzazione spirituale non-religiosa e senza fini di lucro o di proselitismo, attualmente attiva in 137 nazioni, fondata con lo scopo di aiutare le persone a «riscoprire la propria natura divina».

L’impegno di Sathya Sai Baba nel campo del sociale si è concretizzato in numerosi progetti di natura umanitaria e filantropica in India, ispirati o portati avanti da egli stesso. Questi progetti (definiti, a seconda della tipologia, SocioCareEduCare e MediCare) includono:

la costruzione di campi medici e ospedali (tra cui il policlinico Puttaparthi Super Speciality Hospital), in cui gli interventi vengono eseguiti gratuitamente;
il “progetto acqua potabile”: un sistema di filtraggio, depurazione e distribuzione dell’acqua ad oltre 1000 villaggi rurali (circa due milioni di persone servite);
il progetto Sathya Sai Gange, un grande canale artificiale per portare acqua nella regione di Madras, caratterizzata dalla siccità;
l’apertura di numerosi istituti scolastici gratuiti, da elementari a università;

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Il nuovo Papa e le luci di Hanukkah

Posted on: March 14th, 2013 by Liuba 1 Comment

Una visita che si è già caricata di storia. È quella del nuovo Pontefice Jorge Mario Bergoglio alla sinagoga Emanuel di Buenos Aires, tenutasi nel dicembre 2012, esattamente tre mesi prima della sua elezione. L’allora arcivescovo della Capitale argentina aveva acceso il quinto lume di Hanukkah. Nel frattempo la stampa ebraica e israeliana nel mondo raccontano il legame di papa Francesco con il mondo ebraico, dalla visita di solidarietà alla Comunità di Buenos Aires all’indomani della strage del 1994, all’evento per commemorare l’anniversario della Notte dei Cristalli che ha organizzato nella Cattedrale della città lo scorso autunno.

The Faith-Based Theater Cycle: Cornerstone Company

Posted on: November 25th, 2012 by Liuba 1 Comment

Cornerstone Theater Company is a multiethnic ensemble-based theater company. Since its founding in 1986, Cornerstone has pursued a mission of inclusion by creating a theater that builds bridges between and within diverse communities. In their words, “We believe society can flourish only when its members know and respect one another, and that we have a responsibility to make theater in this spirit.” Cornerstone productions have consistently engaged civic dialogue. Their biracial Romeo and Juliet in Mississippi helped spark and support dialogue about de facto racial segregation of the public and private schools. Since they moved to Los Angeles in 1992, Cornerstone has worked to build bridges in their home city. The Faith-Based Theater Cycle provided an opportunity for Cornerstone to engage multiple communities around a powerful and often challenging theme—and to work in depth, over time, and with cumulative impact.

Having witnessed the bombing of a local Jewish community center, and having seen how quickly Islamic fundamentalists were blamed for the Oklahoma City bombing, Cornerstone felt the acute need for a faith-based project on a civic as well as a personal level. “In fact,” they reflected with foresight in 2000, “faith-based civic issues get at the messy heart of the founding of the nation.” The Faith-Based Theater Cycle was just unfolding when the September 11 terror attacks took place, and the event provided a new context and urgency for an exploration of “how faith unites and divides American society.”
The Faith-Based Theater Cycle is ambitious in scope and diversity. The four-and-a-half–year project began with a Festival of Faith, a trial by fire involving 21 productions at five religious venues, and an audience-participatory ensemble production, Zones, that was later remounted to incorporate audience feedback. Three multiweek series of dialogues called Weekly Wednesdays, with the themes of ritual, believing, and social justice, preceded and followed the festival. Six community collaborations and productions included immigrant Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Hindus; African American clergy with African American people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS; and multifaith gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender participants.

read more: cornerstone_case_study
http://cornerstonetheater.org/about/history/

 


 


The Finger and the Moon # 3 collective performance photos

Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by Liuba No Comments

Genoa, sept 29, 2012, Deconsacrated Gothic Church of S.Agustin Museum

After a year of site specific research and networking in the city of Genoa by the Italian artist Liuba supported by anthropologist Barbara Caputo, 12 people of different spiritual faith and beliefs participated with Liuba in the collective performance, curated by Alessandra Gagliano Candela.

Dopo una lavoro di ricerca antropologica e di contatti sul campo durato circa un anno e portato avanti dall’artista insieme all’aiuto dell’antropologa Barbara Caputo e della curatrice Alessandra Gagliano Candela, hanno partecipato alla performance collettiva insieme col’artista Liuba 12 persone di diverse fedi religiose e cammini spirituali.




Participants met with Liuba into the Deconsacrated Church a few hours before the performance began.The artist explained the importance of everyone feeling well, relaxed and free during the performance; being part of a performance is not like acting in the theater rather it is being natural and true. All the people involved were free to meditate and act in any way he or she liked, needing only to keep in mind simple logistical/spatial rules previously decided upon.

I partecipanti si sono incontrati con Liuba nella chiesa sconsacrata alcune ore prima della performance. Liuba ha sottolineato che era importante che ciascuno fosse sè stesso e agisse con naturalezza e spontaneità, poichè si trattava di una performance e non di uno spettacolo teatrale. Ciascuno era libero di meditare e pregare nella maniera a lui più appropriata, condividendola con gli altri, e rispettando soltanto alcune semplici indicazioni di regia spaziale.


Participants introduced themselves to the others, explaining their reasons for taking part in this important piece of performance art and symbolic faith sharing event.

Ciascuno ha condiviso le motivazioni per cui aveva scelto di essere parte della performance e di meditare insieme a persone di diverse appartenenze religiose. Ogni partecipante era ben consapevole di essere parte di un’opera d’arte e al tempo stesso di un evento simbolicamente importante sulla strada dell’accettazione e del rispetto delle varie spiritualità.

The collective performance began with all the participants on the steps of the church’s apse breathing in unison; respiration is a universal need that is common to all people, religious or otherwise.

La performance collettiva è cominciata con tutti i partecipanti sulla grande scalinata che respiravano insieme. Il respiro è un bisogno e una pratica che unisce tutti gli uomini di ogni diversa provenienza e spiritualità.


Then Liuba descended into the nave, moving among the public and praying various prayers of many religions. On her ad hoc oufit were images of several places of worship, temples and churches in New York City. The participants then descended, one by one, into the nave while meditating individually in their own, personal ways. There was music composed for the event by Liuba which mixes together some sacred music of various religions and video projections of the Finger and the Moon project videos #1 and #2.

Quindi Liuba discese nella navata, in mezzo al pubblico, e cominciò a meditare con preghiere di diverse fedi. Sul suo manto-opera erano raffigurati tempi e chiese di differenti religioni. E ad uno a uno, anche gli altri partecipanti discesero nella navata cominciando le loro meditazioni, muovendosi nello spazio con libertà e improvvisazione. C’era una musica composta da Liuba sovrapponendo musica sacra di diverse religioni, e l’installazione dei due video ‘The Finger and the Moon #1 e 2′ all’inizio della navata.

The performance ended with Liuba writing ‘The Finger and The Moon’ sentence on the floor of the church and then leaving the church and entering the real world and everyday life hand-in-hand with all the participants.”

La performance si concluse con Liuba che, dopo aver scritto sul pavimento della navata la frase di Finger and the Moon, raccolse tutti i partecipanti conducendoli per mano fuori dalla chiesa, nel mondo reale, verso la vita di ogni giorno.

see more picture in the website gallery
see more pictures on the project facebook page

read the performance pressrelease

Berlin plans prayer house for three religions

Posted on: November 8th, 2012 by Liuba No Comments

A house of prayer and learning for Jews, Muslims and Christians is planned for Petriplatz in Berlin.

To launch the project, the Jewish Community of Berlin, the Abraham Geiger College Potsdam, the Forum for Intercultural Dialogue and the Evangelical Church Association St. Petri-St. Marien founded an official association called The House of Prayer and Learning at Petriplatz Berlin.

Inter-religious dialogue

The new building should rise from the foundations of the former Church of St. Petri in Berlin Mitte. Three different spaces are planned in which prayer services for Jews, Christians and Muslims can be held. The three spaces will be joined by a hall where festivals and possibly even religious ceremonies can be celebrated together.

The jury awarded the first prize to the Berlin architect office Kuehn Malvezzi. Their winning design takes inspiration from the structure of the former Church of St. Petri. With its light brick façades and a 44-meter (144-foot) high tower, the proposed prayer house looks a bit like a fortress.

But slick geometric forms are to dominate the interior, and a two-storey domed hall will serve as a shared learning space.

“The fourth space constitutes a public space stretching between the three religions. It is a space for understanding and debate. Dialogue has something to do with a certain type of limitation. The project also aims to show where the differences lie,” one of the architects, Wilfried Kuehn, told DW.

http://www.dw.de/berlin-plans-prayer-house-for-three-religions/a-16314461

An exhibition, pictured here, currently shows the plans for the proposed House of Prayer and Learning
An exhibition currently shows the plans for the proposed House of Prayer and Learning

 

The former Church of St. Petri
The former Church of St. Petri
Archeological treasures

Gregor Hohberg, minister at the Evangelical Church Association St. Petri-St. Marien and chairman of the Petriplatz association, is pleased with the design. But he emphasizes that an “amalgamation” of religions is not really intended, rather “we want much more to learn how to approach one another with dignity and respect.”

Today, Petriplatz is little more than a fenced-in piece of scrubland. Until five years ago, the site was a miserable-looking car park. One lonely street sign read, “Petriplatz.” But that changed when the land was cleared in 2007.

The Finger and the Moon #3 performance. First impressions

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 by Liuba No Comments

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(italiano in fondo)

I have to be honest: I’ve been very very happy for the results of the collective performance in Genoa and for the enthusisastic participation of people, either as performers and as public. It has been a long long work of preparation, taking more than one year long, from the idea of the project to the curator and museum involment and agreements,  from the anthropological research and contact of various religious groups in the city to the performance outfit creation and production, from the performance direction to the set up of the installation. It has been a long work, helped by people who worked, volunteered and donated founds to accomplish this goal. Integration and acceptance of different religions, spiritual importance in life, with an artistic – and neutral – point of view.

I find it very interesting to bring art into the city, into the people’s life and to gather people to be part of the performance and the piece. Performance art it’s not theatre, everypeople were here not to act but to be natural and spontaneusly themselves.

There has been many difficolt and tough moments as well as many problems and obstacles. The game was not easy, and the objective was very high and ambitious. Many people were interested in the idea, but it was not so as much easy to accept to participate to the performance sharing place and meditations with people of different faiths.

I had 12 people performing with me, and among them there were muslims, baha’i, sikk,  hindu, jewish, christians, atheists, pacifists. Many people and groups did approve and adhere to the project but could not be present on that day, and many other people participated as public, sharing emotions and energy.

It has been a very intense experience for everybody. I am happy and a bit proud too. the task was not easy and we win.

Devo essere sincera: sono stata molto contenta dell’esito della performance collettiva che abbiamo fatto a Genova e dell’adesione entusiasta di molte persone. E’ stato un lavoro lungo più di un anno, dall’ideazione al coinvolgimento del curatore e del Museo, dalla ricerca antropologica al lavoro sul campo, dalla strutturazione alla regia.

Mi interessa molto lavorare in progetti dove la gente comune, gli abitanti di un posto, diventano i protagonisti e i cointerpreti della performance. Mi piace l’idea di un’arte che è fatta di persone, in cui ciascuno diventa parte dell’opera. In più, se aggiungiamo che queste persone che mi ero ripromessa di portare a partecipare alla performance dovevano essere di diverse fedi religiose e di diversi credo, si vede subito come questo progetto non fosse così facile e anzi molto ambizioso.

Ci sono stati momenti molto difficili, di sconforto, di fatica, di dubbi e di ostacoli. Però diciamo che non potevo e non volevo lasciar perdere, per la forza con cui credevo in questo progetto, ma anche in onore di quei donatori che hanno contribuito a sostenere il progetto, chi con poco chi con molto. per cui ho continuato a tirarmi su le maniche, stringere i denti e lottare, con l’aiuto di molte persone, e devo ringraziare tutti se il bersaglio è stato centrato e la performance riuscita, con pure molta partecipazione (dato l’argomento delicato del progetto la realizzazione della performance non era assolutamente scontata…)

A fare la performance insieme a me sono venute 12 persone, tra le cui musulmani, baha’i, sikk, induisti, ebrei, cristiani, atei, pacifisti. Molte persone sono venute come pubblico, partecipando emotivamente all’evento dall’esterno, lasciandosi coinvogere dalle videoinstallazioni e dalla performance. Molti altri hanno aderito ma per impegni personali non hanno potuto essere presenti quella sera.

E’ stata un’esperienza umana, emotiva, spirituale e artistica molto intensa per tutti. Sono felice e sono anche un pizzico orgogliosa, poichè posso dire che è stata una vittoria.

Hans Küng and Weltethos

Posted on: October 17th, 2012 by Liuba 13 Comments

Hans Küng has recently distilled the ideas of Weltethos – which seeks to create a global code of behaviour, or a globalisation of ethics – into a capricious musical libretto. Mixing narrative with excerpts from the teachings of Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, Küng’s writings have been incorporated into a major symphonic work by the British composer Jonathan Harvey that will have its London premiere at the Southbank Centre.

Küng says the musical work, like the foundation, is an attempt to emphasise what the religions of the world have in common rather than what divides them.

“The only way for reform is from the bottom up,” said Küng, 84, who is a priest. “The priests and others in positions of responsibility need to stop being so subservient, to organise themselves and say that there are certain things that they simply will not put up with anymore.”

Küng, the author of around 30 books on Catholic theology, Christianity and ethics, which have sold millions worldwide, said that inspiration for global change was to be found in his native Switzerland and in Austria, where hundreds of Catholic priests have formed movements advocating policies that openly defy current Vatican practices. The revolts have been described as unprecedented by Vatican observers, who say they are likely to cause deep schisms in the church.

The initiatives support such seemingly modest demands as letting divorced and remarried people receive communion, allowing non-ordained people to lead services and allowing women to take on important positions in the hierarchy. However, as they go against conventional Catholic teaching, the demands have been flatly rejected by the Vatican.

Küng, who was stripped of the authority to teach Catholic theology by Pope John Paul II in 1979 for questioning the concept of papal infallibility, is credited with giving the present pope, Joseph Ratzinger as he then was, the first significant step up the hierarchy of Catholic academia when he called him to Tübingen University, in south-west Germany, as professor of dogmatic theology in 1966.

see all the article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/05/catholic-revolution-nazi-dictatorship-pope

see the Weltethos website: http://www.weltethos.org/index-en.php

The Finger and the Moon #3: some pictures

Posted on: October 5th, 2012 by Liuba 4 Comments

some picture of the collective performance ‘The Finger and the Moon #3′ held in Genoa (I) on September 29

all the photos: © Liuba (NET) 2012 – photographer: Carolina Cuneo