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Event Archive








Fall 2009 Programs

Christianity East and West

Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 7 PM  
Father Frederick Watson
Science Auditorium

Sponsored by the Religion and Philosophy Department, the Chaplain's Office, and the Interfaith Council

Wicca: Fact and Fantasy

Monday, November 2 , 2009 at 7 PM   
Angela Handley  
Interfaith Center

Angela Handley, a 3rd Degree Wiccan High Priestess, will give a presentation surveying a history of Wicca. Her talk will include a discussion of many of the myths and fears about Wiccan practices with factual information to dispel those fantasies. Angela Handley was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and moved to northwest Georgia in 1980. She is a 4th generation hereditary witch, a mother of six, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother.

*Cultural Events Credit* 

Martial Arts as a Way of Life: The Silat Tradition of Indonesia

Monday, November 9, 2009 at 7 PM 
Ruddi Nefid   
Evans Auditorium

Pencak Silat, Silat, or Silek is a form of martial arts from the Malay archipelago, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. There are many forms of Silat spread throughout the archipelago, all of which are deeply rooted in local cultures and traditions. In this program, Silat exponent and Berry student Ruddi Nefid will discuss the fascinating history of Silat, along with its techniques, styles, weapons, performance, and deeper connections to religion.

Cultural Events Credit 

Dances of Universal Peace

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 7:30 PM  
Dr. Ellen Johnson  
Interfaith Center

A participatory dance and prayer program led by Dr. Ellen Johnson 

A Philosophy, A Faith, A Way of Life

Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 7 PM   
Robbin G. Ruffner
Interfaith Center

We live in a spiritual Universe, governed by spiritual laws, and inhabited by spiritual beings. Everything in the physical world is a logical out-picturing of the spiritual essence that it represents. There is no duality...there is only Oneness and Unity. We create our own reality. God is the Infinite Thinker - thinking all creation into form.

Robbin G. Ruffner, RScP, is a Practitioner of Religious Science and a co-founder of the StillPoint Spiritual Center in Atlanta. She has studied with the Reverend Dr. Wm. D. Hornaday and the Reverend Dr. Michael B. Beckwith in Los Angeles. In Atlanta, she has established a successful spiritual counseling practice, led many meditation workshops, taught certified Science of Mind classes and written for the Inner Visions Magazine for Agape International and the Science of Mind Magazine for The United Church of Religious Science. She has also served as a practitioner for The World Ministry of Prayer of The United Church of Religious Science.

*Cultural Events Credit  

Spring 2009 Programs

Places of Community, Ritual, and Learning

Tuesday, February 24 , 2009 at 5 PM
Virginia Gardner Troy, Associate Professor of Art History
Moon Building

Dr. Troy will present an illustrated slide lecture examining places where people have congregated for various reasons throughout the ages. Beginning with ancient monuments, continuing through Gothic cathedrals, and concluding with contemporary spaces such as museums and universities, Dr. Troy will explore public and private architectural spaces and how they were and are used for community gatherings, rituals, and temples of learning.

This event is limited to 26 people. 

Science and Negative Theology 
Monday, March 9, 2009 at 8 PM

Monday, March 9, 2009 at 8 PM
Dr. Paul Wallace
Science Auditorium

Dr. Wallace will speak about his personal experiences as a professional scientist of faith, and about his recent switch from being a physics professor to being a seminary student. In particular, he will discuss the relationship between science and negative theology (which is the study of God through an examination of what God is NOT).

Dr. Wallace has a BS in physics from Furman University and a PhD in physics from Duke University. He served as assistant/associate professor of physics and astronomy at Berry College from 1998 to 2008. He is currently enrolled as a seminary student at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

Sponsored by the Interfaith Council. 

Religion and the Copernican Revolution
Academic Sponsor: Physics, Astronomy, & Geology
Wednesday, March 25 , 2009 at 8 PM

Wednesday, March 25 , 2009 at 8 PM
Dr. Todd Timberlake  
Science Auditorium 

This talk will examine the interactions between science and religion in the century immediately following the publication of Copernicus De Revolutionibus. These interactions are much too complex to fit the view that science and religion are inherently in conflict, or the alternate view that the two are necessarily supportive. Drs. Papazian and Conn will follow the main talk with shorter responses in which they will give their own views on the relation between science and religion.

Todd Timberlake (with responses by Michael Papazian and Bruce Conn). Dr. Timberlake has a PhD in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He is Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Berry College, where he teaches a course on the Copernican Revolution.

*Cultural Event Credit! 

4th Annual Rome World Music  and Dance Festival
Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 1-10 PM

Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 1-10 PM
Krannert Lawn and Evans Auditorium 

Various world music and dance groups will perform throughout the day some come out and enjoy an incredible cultural experience!

Some of the groups performing include the following: Dwain Briggs, Ogya, Sasikala Penumarthi,Vandhana Dance Company, Mirabai, Devidasa and Indigo Bunting....

A Little Info On Jacqueline:
Jacqueline Westhead is an educator/ facilitator, musician, and dancer with over 17 years experience. She has trained in diverse styles such as African dance, yoga, martial arts, contact improvisation, Butoh, Commedia dell-art and other highly expressive movement forms. She has studied in Somatics and developmental movement, and is a certified Somatic educator and CMT. She was a senior member of Jellyeye (Drum Theater) and created and performed extensively with them for 7 years. She was a founding member of MASS (Music And Sonic Sculpture) Ensemble and has collaborated with a variety of independent artists and companies over the years creating movement and music-based work for theaters and festivals as well as being an independent choreographer. She has traveled and studied in West Africa, southern India and studied percussion with internationally known artists Glen Velez and Hamid Drake. Her music has led her to play for a variety of artists’ CDs, music projects and U.S. ours. Jacqueline has created workshops for youth and adults across the United States and abroad in such places as The University of Michigan, Cleveland Public Theater, The Cultural Center of Chicago, Berry College and Power of Hope. She has received several CAAP and NAP grants to study, create new work and design community projects. She has worked with schools, hospitals, community and private organizations in her blend of rhythm, expressive movement and voice integrating her diverse studies in music, dance and ancient traditions.

Yoga: The Science of the Body and The Science of Nature 
Thursday, April 17, 12 PM

Thursday, April 17, 12 PM
Christopher Key Chapple 

Evans Auditorium  

The Yoga system developed over the course of several hundred years and has proved a useful practice for virtually all the religions that have roots in India: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Drawing from a theory of correlations that extends back to the Vedic era (ca. 1500 B.C. Yoga teaches connections between the physical and emotional energies of the body (kaya/ sarira) and the broader forces of nature (prakrti). In this talk we will explore the potential for the insights of Yoga to contribute to ecological sensitivity and activism.

*Cultural Event Credit! * 

Ongoing Classes 

Buddhist Meditation 
Thursdays, 7 PM 
Interfaith Center 

Come experience the ancient Japanese practice of sitting meditation, with alternating periods of walking meditation. For more information contact or

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