Student News

Lives of Meaning: Serbian Orthodox Easter in Boston

Jan Flaska – April 5, 2018

A “Lives of Meaning” field trip is being offered this Sunday to Cambridge, MA, to the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral there, for Orthodox Easter.
Vanja Obradovic and I are inviting you to join, if interested.
We will depart campus at 6:50 a.m., and return to campus no later than 2 p.m.
The service begins at 9 a.m.

You can read on the van ride, listen to music, talk, etc.
Information about Lives of Meaning is below.
ONE REQUEST: There is limited seating, so please just let me know if you want to join.

Thank you.
Mr. Flaska

“Do not depend on the hope of results. When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essentially an apostolic work, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself.” – Thomas Merton

Lives of Meaning heeds the call of Socrates, to examine the life we are living in order to live it well. Lives of Meaning reminds us of the appeal of Dorothy Day, to not forget to nourish both the body and the soul with food that is consumed and food that is pondered. Lives of Meaning is for Deerfield Academy students and community members who assess their lives through a lens that acknowledges our human existence as inextricably linked both to those that have cared for us and for our environment in the past, and to who we will be to those that we meet in the future; in a word, Lives of Meaning builds community.

Community members can engage in the curriculum of Lives of Meaning by
– listening to voices that are underrepresented or opinions that are unknown
– participating in contemplative practices that are grounded in a variety of traditions and that nurture the ability to self-reflect
– reading classical texts that explore the human search for meaning
– seeking opportunities to be servant leaders for social justice
– sharing in difficult yet important conversations in an affirming, respectful and safe setting
– visiting spiritual communities that are unfamiliar