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‘Gathering Historias’ at the Arboretum

first_imgSteven Salido Fisher is doing sacred work simply by listening to people as they share the stories in their hearts. The Harvard Divinity School (HDS) student is building on a mission to give people in the local Hispanic community an elevated voice about the natural environment. His project, “Gathering Historias” is documenting, in their native language, their experiences with nature including the historic green space of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.   “Many people I have talked to really see their time outdoors, in the natural environment, as a time of restoration, in a place of sanctuary, and even talk about people they love through times shared outdoors” Fisher, a former student chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital, said. “‘Gathering Historias’ shares those narratives about the changing social and cultural meaning of an outdoor experience within an increasingly-diverse Boston area.” Fisher has bicultural roots helping him understand social resilience and belonging. Born in Lake Forest, Ill., he grew up in both Chicago and Mexico City, where his parents originate. The integrated experiences from his childhood helped actualize “Gathering Historias.” These virtual stories share, in podcast format, the personal interactions and recreational activities community members have in the environment, utilizing nature as a way to create a spiritual connection to the outdoors, and to others. Telling their stories in Spanish invites people to recognize their own voices being heard and enter into the story in a way that most other content doesn’t allow, Fisher said. “There’s a level of personality that’s accessed when someone speaks in their native language, you can capture the emotions and there is a real impact on listeners,” he said. “If you don’t speak Spanish, you may not be able to understand what they are saying, but the laughing, the gasping, the tone, or even the slowing down during the narrative — you’re really drawn in.”  Wendy Estrada, a contributor to “Gathering Historias,” said speaking with Fisher revived many memories of her roots, her family, her travels, and she hopes the project will inspire her children to do things outdoors.  “I could have spent so many hours talking to Steven about my experiences. When I was younger, without access to technology, we explored more of the woods and lakes, I wanted to pull out all my [photo] albums and look through them,” the Brookline resident said. “With our busy lives, we don’t realize that nature gives us so much peace.” Fisher is also a children’s book illustrator and focuses his drawings on the relationship between children and nature. He chose the Arboretum to do the work through the HDS Field Education Program. This opportunity, allowing students to utilize a setting matching their educational goals, connected his own work illustrating social and botanical life to the Arboretum’s mission of fostering “greater understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Earth’s botanical diversity and its essential value to humankind.” His drawings, which accompany the narratives, will help illustrate the importance of intimacy, growth, nature, and stewardship.,Ana Maria Caballero, the nature education specialist at the Arboretum, said in addition to Fisher’s talent creating fresh and whimsical artwork with hints of Mexican traditions, he is incredibly focused and driven. He immersed himself in the fabric of the Public Programs department to get a better understanding of people and nature.  “He is a great listener, very interested in hearing people’s stories and finding connections between himself, the storyteller and greater humanity,” she said. “This initiative fits in nicely with the Public Program department’s drive to create relevancy for a wider audience, with programming that better reflects the concerns and aspirations of visitors to the Arnold Arboretum.” Fisher’s work at the Arboretum is in line with his work in the Field Education Program at HDS, where he is a master of divinity degree candidate (M.Div.). Every year, the School sends approximately 80 to 100 HDS students out to work as chaplains, instructors, and more in parishes, educational institutions, community-based social justice agencies, hospitals, and prisons. The aim is to help students cultivate their theological imagination within a structured learning experience and use the experience to explore their calls to ministry and develop technical skills. Depending on the job, field education can send students across the country, and in summertime, across the world. M.Div. candidates must complete at least 700 hours of field education work before they graduate, said Emily Click, assistant dean for ministry studies and field education at HDS. “We craft opportunities for our students to engage their gifts in the needs of particular individuals, communities, and organizations. We enable students to discover the ways in which their curiosity, intellect, and kindness can be offered compassionately to people in need,” she said. “In the case of Steven, his field education is a perfect example of the ways in which our students’ imaginations are honored and kindled by the opportunities they see in a field education program that offers not just traditional ministry settings, but places for them to design their own learning.” The setting at the Arboretum also helped Fisher underscore the value of time. Established in 1872 and a National Historic Landmark, the Arboretum occupies 281-acres of naturalized landscape containing a living collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines from around the world, consciously preserved for research and cherished by the public. In a similar light, he hopes “Gathering Historias” will live on beyond the moment and the conversations will remain in people’s minds, preserved and cherished from generation to generation.  “I’ve worked in many places — hospitals, universities, the Red Cross, but it’s really astounding and beautiful to see the deep attention to time at the Arboretum, and the beautiful intention to cultivate life within an intergenerational framework,” he said. “It’s not necessarily explicit people can walk by a tree in the Arboretum and sense that it has something beyond their own life span. I hope ‘Gathering Historias’ lives on in the sense that life continues beyond the stories themselves.”,What is it about a story that makes it sacred? Fisher said two specific HDS courses have prompted him to closely examine that question: The Lotus Sutra: Engaging a Buddhist Scripture with Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures Charles Hallisey, and Orthodoxy and Heresy in Ancient Christianity with Hollis Professor of Divinity Karen King. Through studying some unconventional contexts of history and what stories are or are not being told, Fisher learned the importance of people recognizing themselves in a story, and how to interpret the story in a way that is life-giving. “From a Latino, Latina, Latinx perspective, our stories don’t get told very often. And I really want these stories to be on the table when we think about ecological justice, environmentalism, and how we plan for the future,” he said. “This is another key aspect of ministry, essentially having an angle of advocacy and justice in the work that we do, so we ensure that people’s stories got told and we become a conduit for those stories and essentially a megaphone in some ways.” Fisher chose to complete his master’s work at HDS because of its culture that he said feels supportive, freeing and life-giving, something he does not take for granted. “I really get a deep sense of permission from the Divinity School to explore what it means to be a minister in today’s world. Although I’m not working in a church for example, nobody questions that I see a place like the Arboretum as my church,” he said. “I can learn about myself and really learn about the kind of life I want to live.” In a sense, Fisher is gathering his own historias. He chose the word “gathering” in the title for the project associating it with other words such as “nourishment,” and “cultivation” which speaks to the purpose of the project. But its bilingual title was chosen with intention. “The bilingual title speaks to a lot of Latinos here living in the U.S. now, whether they were born here or in other parts of Latin America,” he said. “It reflects that our community is varied and complex for not just Spanish speakers, for not just English speakers, but we often straddle different identities. And our stories can capture that.”For questions or more information about “Gathering Historias” and Fisher’s work, please contact him at [email protected] — Michael Naughton, Harvard Divinity School Communications, contributed to this article.last_img read more

Brazilian Navy Conducts INCURSEX OpEsp 2017

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo July 21, 2017 The Brazilian Navy mounted a genuine military operation on Marambaia Island, located off the southern coast of Rio de Janeiro, from June 24th to 30th for INCURSEX OpEsp 2017. The purpose of the exercise was to train personnel on the use of naval expeditionary forces within the context of a political and strategic crisis through carrying out special operations missions. Approximately 800 service members from 13 different organizations participated in the exercise, among them the Marine Special Operations Battalion (Tonelero Battalion), the Tactical Air Control Battalion, the Marine Anti-Aircraft Defense Battalion, and the Combat Divers Group. Also involved in the exercise were the frigate Liberal, the Amazonas Class Offshore Patrol Vessel, and the Tupi submarine as well as helicopters, fighter aircraft, transport planes, remotely piloted aircraft, and military combat service support vehicles. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) also participated in the operation using a C-95 Bandeirantes aircraft. Brazilian Marine Corps Colonel Luís Manuel de Campos Mello, the commander of Tonelero Battalion, coordinated INCURSEX OpEsp 2017 and said that it is the largest-scale operation conducted by the Brazilian Navy. “Our combat power and the resources we obtained for use during the six days of this uninterrupted exercise were extremely important for the troops’ operational development,” Col. Campos Mello assessed, adding that the exercise creates the conditions for rapid deployment, making it possible to operate with all available resources working together. “Our naval, air and land units worked together to improve their understanding of concepts like reconnaissance and command,” he said. According to the colonel, the main challenge faced during the exercise was the command and control over different naval, air, and marine units deployed on land and sea. “The Navy controlled and coordinated surveillance teams sent in by a submarine at sea, ship movements for landing squadrons beyond the horizon, amphibious commando teams, underwater attacks by combat divers, launching paratroopers, operations using remotely controlled aircraft, helicopters, guiding attacks by Naval Air Force planes, and kinetic actions against enemy land targets by Special Operations and Infantry troops,” Col. Campos Mello noted. The benefits of INCURSEX OpEsp 2017 “The operation practices the Brazilian Navy’s mobilization and rapid response capabilities for use by naval expeditionary forces in crisis situations, employing troops who are highly trained for high-risk combat missions,” Col. Campos Mello highlighted, adding that in a real-world situation, the Navy units may be supported by other forces, such as FAB, other naval districts, and land forces, as exemplified in the training operation on Marambaia Island. For Col. Campos Mello, INCURSEX OpEsp has contributed to maintaining a high level of operations for the troops when carrying out their defense missions in border regions and in the Blue Amazon – Brazil’s maritime territory that covers an area of approximately 3.5 million square kilometers. The exercise simulated a politically and strategically hypothetical situation. “It’s a mock war game where we use conflicts between fictitious nations to create deployment situations and to train the operability of the troops in the most diverse situations,” Col. Campos Mello explained. Activities included amphibious incursions, mock reconnaissance, infiltration techniques, and fire control as well as commando operations using naval and air support and disembarking from a landing craft with a semi-rigid hull. “Initially, we practiced launching our troops from naval and air units for covert landings. At present, the troops are trained on how to disembark into the sea from ships,” Col. Campos Mello said. According to him, one of the main highlights of the operation is maintaining simultaneously coordinated operations while new solutions are practiced for the situations that are presented. Brazilian Marine Corps Captain Thiago da Silva Gomes participated in the exercise as an operations officer in the Land Combat Contingent (CCT, per its Portuguese acronym). In this role, he took part in planning the CCT’s maneuvers, its specialized reconnaissance activities, and its use in direct actions. For him, participating in INCURSEX OpEsp 2017 was very important for his own operational growth. “There were a countless number of lessons learned, and they will be my guidelines for planning new missions,” he stressed. According to Capt. Thiago Silva, the main challenge was planning varied operations to be carried out at the same time and using naval and air resources. “In one of the tasks, the objective was to neutralize a guerilla training camp. Three phases of maneuvers were employed: one was specialized reconnaissance which infiltrated the area in a freefall jumping operation, making use of an airplane for getting to the area of operations; another was direct action which neutralized the training camp, and the final one was an infantry platoon that escorted potential prisoners who were on another warship,” he described. Despite the difficulties, Capt. Thiago Silva stressed that the situations created over the days of the exercise and the array of military units involved provided important lessons during the operation. “Through those situations, we improved our modus operandi and we grew professionally. That’s important for all of the service members who participated in the operation,” he concluded.last_img read more

Unai Emery speaks out on Arsenal players snubbing fans after Wolves defeat

first_imgUnai Emery speaks out on Arsenal players snubbing fans after Wolves defeat Bernd Leno clapped Arsenal’s travelling supporters (Getty Images)‘We started at the beginning after [losing] the first two matches in the Premier League, little by little we’ve come back and we are taking chances to be in the top four which is our difficult target.‘We are now with possibilities, not in our hands, but it’s a possibility.‘All these players have worked for this opportunity. Now, we lost today, we lost Sunday and we are very disappointed with that, but we need to continue.‘Also we have two competitions – the Premier League and Europa League – two ways to go to the Champions League, our objective.‘We need to continue being strong in our mentality, strong with our confidence, strong in our capacity. We are going to analyse how we can be competitive, how we can be better as a team in the [next] matches.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Alexandre Lacazette applauded Arsenal’s fans at full-time (Getty Images) Comment Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored Arsenal’s only goal at Molineaux (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Also, they are going to be disappointed today.‘We need to say to them that they are here with us and we appreciate that a lot.‘After that, we are going to do all we can against Leicester on Sunday to take three points.‘We need to be together, the club, the players and the supporters. Unai Emery insists Arsenal’s support was ‘amazing’ against Wolves (Getty Images)Unai Emery has praised Arsenal’s ‘amazing’ supporters after some of his players failed to acknowledge the fans at full-time following the 3-1 defeat to Wolves on Wednesday evening.The Gunners slipped up once again in the battle for a top-four spot as they found themselves 3-0 down at half-time against last season’s Championship winners.Sokratis Papastathopoulos pulled a goal back in the second half but it wasn’t enough for Emery’s side, who stay fifth in the Premier League following their second successive defeat.At the full-time whistle, Mesut Ozil, Bernd Leno, Alexandre Lacazette and Sokratis all approached Arsenal’s supporters in the away end at Molineaux to applaud them, but some of their teammates headed straight down the tunnel.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhen asked about the Arsenal’s players who blanked the travelling supporters after the defeat, Emery replied: ‘Our supporters were amazing, they were with us and they helped us. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Apr 2019 1:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link17Shareslast_img read more

Gold Coast Plastacraft bosses used their skills to make the perfect polished plaster home

first_img3 Emu Court, Sorrento.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMs Fazekas said the home was designed to have a contemporary style with the environment in mind. “It was an older home when we first moved in and there was only so much we could do to change it without completely rebuilding it,” she said. 3 Emu Court, Sorrento.“The house was orange and it needed love. I am a big fan of natural materials and using products that are environmentally friendly. “The materials have a lovely natural shine to it. Paint tends to break away and we wanted a design that would stand the test of time.” 3 Emu Court, Sorrento.The couple said the home had been a retreat for them.“It’s always relaxing having a morning coffee on the patio,” Ms Fazekas said. 3 Emu Court, Sorrento.THIS single-level Sorrento home is packed with impressive features including a pool, spa and wine cellar.Belinda Fazekas and Mark Dolbel own their own solid plastering business Plastacraft and have applied their expertise in surface finishes to their family home. center_img 3 Emu Court, Sorrento.Designed with a resort-style in mind, the 792sq m home at 3 Emu Court was renovated with a mix of natural materials and polished plasters. “We’ve done the house in natural finishes,” Ms Fazekas said. “The exterior has had a sand coat finish and inside are polished plasters.” 3 Emu Court, Sorrento.“The house is really well spaced out too, so even though it’s one level it still has a lot of features.”last_img read more

COVID-19: WHO urges everyone to stay home and play games

first_imgWHO general director Tedros Adhanom said it’s perfectly normal to feel stressed, confused, and scared right now.He advised that we talk to people we trust, and even help others in our community. Supporting those in need can help you as much it would them, he reasoned.So definitely be sure to check in with neighbours, family, and friends. While observing lockdown rules, of course. It’s a weird time, and I imagine a lot of you are stressed or nervous or upset. For whatever it’s worth, it will all be alright in the end. We just have to ride this out together and focus on the positives of staying at home – because there are positives.One such positive is that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has actually advised us all to stay in and play games. Adhanom added that we should also “listen to music, read a book, or play a game,” which is the bit I can really get on board with. In fact, I’d imagine most of us are more than happy to accept these particular doctor’s orders.Read Also:Messi gifts €1m to hospitals to combat coronavirusIf you’re not sure what games to stuck into over the next few weeks, we’ve got you covered. We’re more than happy to recommend relaxing games that’ll chill you out, open world games to lose yourself in, all the free and cheap games you can get your hands on right now, and the games you can play with your kids to keep them entertained.Just don’t forget to spend some time outside every day though – exercise is still important, eh?You can read Adhanom’s full statement on the WHO’s official site – and remember: This will pass, so try not to worry and just take this as an opportunity to get stuck into some games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Okay, so there was a little more to the advice than that, but I take my wins where I can get them. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?center_img Take that, mum and dad. I’m gonna hide in my room and play FIFA or Football Manager for ten hours. Not for me. For the world That’s right – the one thing our parents hated us doing when we were growing up is now a doctor-approved way to save thousands of lives. If ever there was a time to catch up on that shameful backlog of video games that you’ve been building up since forever, it’s now.It can’t have escaped your attention that we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, with the overwhelming advice from experts around the world being to remain indoors and slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) so we can fight it. Loading… WHO recently held a media briefing on the best way to handle coronavirus, with a number of recommended actions individuals can take to get through this trying time.One of the crucial things to remember is that we have to look after out mental health over the coming weeks.last_img read more

Omeruo welcomes second child

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Super Eagles’ Aina joins Fulham on season-long loan Nigerian defender, Kenneth Omeruo, welcomed his second child in the early hours of Monday.The 26-year-old defender, whose effort wasn’t enough to save his side, Leganes, from relegation to the lower division after a poor campaign in Spanish League last season, was seen flaunting the baby via the Super Eagles official Instagram handle. The handle, which has been monitoring Eagles’ exploits and activities, announced the arrival of the child, whose gender was missing in the caption as at the time of filling this report.“@ng_supereagles defender, @omeruo welcomes second baby. congratulations to the Omeruos!,” the post read.The 2013 AFCON gold medalist welcomed his first child two years ago.The baby was Christened Chairein in November 27, 2018.Omeruo and his wife, Chioma, are expected to announce the baby’s name in due time. Tags: Kenneth OmeruoLeganesSuper Eagleslast_img read more