The mind is notoriously elusive concept in philosophical and scientific language. Today my colleague asked the group if there were any particular exercises that they wanted to do.
One person asked for something for neck ache. This elicited the disclosure of neck and back ache throughout the room.
Physical self-awareness is the first step in releasing the tyranny of the past. The questions for pondering about vocations in work or volunteering that were in the service sheet are at the end of the post.
My conversations as a Chaplain with students and staff are often about what people enjoy in their work, the challenges and problems. I want to continue these conversations tonight with a few reflections about vocation and calling. But I would like to extend it to cover most work. Some of the features of a calling or vocation might be. These features could all apply to work within business, engineering, administration, and support as much as in medicine or ordained ministry in the church.
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After the war he followed a career in music eventually becoming the Director of the Royal College of Music across the road. Following a calling and finding a vocation is often not straightforward. George Dyson, for all his success as a musician once applied to be the organist of this Church — unsuccessfully! There is encouragement in many of the Bible stories. There is often a sense of unexpected people being called. So, David the youngest son who has to be fetched from tending the sheep when the next king of Israel is being chosen from among his brothers.
It is David who becomes the greatest king of Israel. Saul was persecuting the new followers of Jesus when he hears his call during his conversion on the road to Damascus. The idea is that others, including God, might see things in us that we cannot see ourselves, and that there is more to be called out from within us. All this is talk about vocation and calling is against the background that most of us have to work by necessity to provide shelter food and warmth for ourselves and our families.
Sometimes our passions outside of work might be our calling. Examples of avocation that I know include an IT technician who draws with great skill, medics who sing and compose music, a guy who works in a factory and who does amazing youth work in the evening.
Olivier Messiaen the composer of our last anthem tonight had a lifelong interest in birdsong and birds. His passion for ornithology often led to the sounds of birdsong being incorporated into his compositions. These Canticles are the songs of a young woman accepting a calling, and of an old man who finally sees his calling come to fulfilment.
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The questions are around vocation or calling in the widest sense. They might be good ways to reflect on our work or how we might slowly recognise the emerging call to new projects or commitments. Have you discovered work or volunteering that you can be really enthusiastic about, in spite of its ups and downs? Has your enthusiasm for your work or volunteering been tested and sustained over a period of years? Do you have a sense of being, as it were, at the call of your work, and through your work to others?
Talking to students I heard many stories and meanings associated with Holi. It is certainly the festival of spring and a celebration of colour.
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In his youth, Krishna despairs whether fair skinned Radha and other Gopikas girls will like him because of his skin colour. His mother, tired of the desperation, asks him to approach Radha and colour her face in any colour he wanted.
This he does, and Radha and Krishna became a couple. The playful colouring of the face of Radha has henceforth been commemorated as Holi. Regular readers will have guessed I have a blog backlog — created by the move of the Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre to a new location.
A great sum from a service that celebrates the birth of Jesus — in the poverty of a stable and about to flee with his family as refugees. They were also raising awareness of poverty in the UK. All this alongside glorious music from Imperial College Choir.
And thanks too to students from Cath Soc who helped celebrate the dimension of life at Imperial by leading prayers were led by in Mandarin, Cantonese, German, Spanish, French, Polish and English.
In September we moved into five rooms on the ground floor just in case the photo suggests we occupy all five floors! It is also good to see signs of inter — faith collaboration and working together. It is proving very popular with student groups, for prayer, meditation, talks, music, discussions and social events.
It was also good to welcome the Erasmus Society — supporting European exchange students — for a large social gathering. After the film there was a short talk about countering racism and homophobia from Dr Rob Berkely, the director of the Runnymede Trust. I know that for some this is not an easy partnership.
And religion is one of the reasons for this discomfort. Clearly, more dialogue and trust is needed where these rights appear to clash.
This is a dialogue that Chaplaincy is
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The last word — and a repeated warning — on the need to overcome these apparent conflicts between different human rights needs to go to the amazing and inspiring Bayard Rustin — musician, pacifist, civil rights, peace and union rights campaigner. It seemed a perfect example of how Chaplaincy might be doing work to compliment the curriculum. For those of us in the UK this is a different approach to education.
Renske shared their experience of assisting students to develop their leadership skills. And Hans shared the ideas of Richard Sennett about the skills of co-operation. In Delft, the first night of philosophy took place when chaplains mediated between a group of students and their lecturers about the way the course was being taught. All these things are implicit in the teaching and the learning. The challenge is to find good ways to have open and ways to talk about them.
The room was arranged with 6 tables — each with one member of staff and students. Food and drink were provided. In the second part the staff members shared personal engineering issues and interests.
It seemed that everyone — staff and students — enjoyed the conversations. It was a conversation across the usual roles of the teacher and learner. I think we have skills to facilitate these kinds of conversations. In our own work we need to listen carefully in order to help others find deeper meanings.
We are used to conversations that stretch across ideological boundaries and contain conflicting views. In early June we heard the sad news of the death of Isa Abdur Rahman. Isa was an Imperial student who qualified as a doctor in He was working as a doctor in Syria with when he was killed by shelling.