The Cosmic Mass is a ritual celebration process which combines elements of ecstatic dance, guided meditation and sacred ritual, based on the Four Directions of the Earth (North/Via Negativa; East/Via Creativa; South/Via Positiva, West/Via Transformativa). This process is inspired by the international phenomenon of dance raves, but is also firmly grounded in the findings of leading-edge, contemporary science, as well as the ancient indigenous beliefs and the age-old contemplative faith traditions of the East and West.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
6:30pm – Doors open
7:00pm – Start Time
Whitley Theological Center
285 Oblate Drive
San Antonio, TX 78216
$25 in advance
$30 at door
Date: Three Thursdays, May 9, 16, and 23
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Tuition: $40 before May 1, $45 after
Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.
Ebru, often referred to as the “dance of color on water,” is an authentic Turkish art that has been considered a spiritual art for centuries. This unique art form is produced by sprinkling color pigments into thickened water and utilizes special brushes to create various designs that are then transferred onto a sheet of paper or other surface. Believed to have been invented in the thirteenth century Turkistan, ebru then spread to China, India and Persia, and Anatolia. Seljuk and Ottoman calligraphers and artists used marbling to decorate books, imperial decrees, official documents. New techniques were perfected in the process and Turkey remained the center of marbling for many centuries. In this class we will explore a variety of techniques that participants will use to create their own masterpieces.
Born in Turkey, Nihal Sonmez has lived in San Antonio for the last year and a half. Love for every line, color, and image that she came across has been with her since childhood. She graduated from Gazi University, Department of Fine Arts, and has also earned two master’s degrees, one from Gazi University Institute of Fine Arts and the other from Ankara University in Museum Education. She was taught Ebru (Turkish Traditional Arts) at Bulent Ecevit University in Turkey as a Lecturer at a Traditional Art Department. In recent years, she has become interested in the field of Islamic Art, which inspired her research and study of Preservation Islamic Art. Now she is working on her third master's degree in Preservation of Cultural Heritage Division. She believes that developing an authentic perspective and better understanding of the world is only possible by art, as it embodies an international language.
Date: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Tuition: $20 before Mar. 13, $25 after
Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.
A favorite often manipulated text used by those in power to subject peoples, territories, and ideas is Romans 13. Take as an example, verses 1-2: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” In this gathering we will discuss the meanings of the text and how different powers have used one primary interpretation of Romans 13 to subjects others. Join us for a vegetarian meal and conversation.
Andries (Dries) Coetzee was born the youngest of four children in the rural town of Ceres, South Africa. After serving a year of mandatory military service, he went on to study Theology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, where he earned BD and MA degrees. He has served PCUSA churches in Houston, Texas, Bloomington, Minnesota, and Wooster, Ohio. Dries was honored in 2016 with the Lydia Thompson Humanitarian Award and in 2017 as a co-recipient of the Person of the Year award from the Wooster/Orrville NAACP. Dries currently serves as head pastor at University Presbyterian Church, San Antonio.