In the retreat center dining room, the breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices such as an egg dish, breakfast breads and meats, hot and cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
We welcome Mr. Greg Athnos back for another week of learning. He will cover a variety of topics. We kick off the week with a session many years in the making. Greg has spent significant time in Italy examining frescoes. This presentation is the result. THE SEARCH FOR THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM. A 2nd – 3rd century fresco in the Roman catacombs provides clues for dating the Star of Bethlehem. We’ll examine all the evidences, including the astrology of the Magi, the Gospel accounts, ancient Chinese astronomy, and current considerations. The results will surprise you! Take a mid-morning break to stretch, take a short walk outside, and refill your beverage of choice. Come back for the second morning lecture, THE AGE OF FAITH: SYMBOLIC VOICES IN PAINTING, MUSIC, AND ARCHITECTURE. Cathedrals towered over the mud and straw huts of every European village. Inside and out they were symbols of another world. For the illiterate masses they became ‘Bibles in stone and glass’. Even the music pointed toward the Divine; it was different from the music of the streets. We’ll examine the spiritual nature of Church architecture, stained glass, and music. What can we learn from them?
In the retreat center dining room, the lunch buffet offers a rotating variety of choices such as a salad bar with lots of fresh toppings, sandwiches and wraps, soups, chips and desserts, plus milk, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water.
Take some time to explore the grounds while it is still light out, but come back to the meeting room for the late afternoon session FRANZ SCHUBERT: THE FIRST BOHEMIAN COMPOSER AND MASTER OF THE ART SONG. Imagine writing over 300 songs, 9 symphonies, countless pieces of Chamber Music and Religious Music--and dying at age 31! Such is the brilliance of Franz Schubert. Our focus will be on his masterful 'art songs', where the piano becomes equal in importance to the singer, not just mere accompaniment.
Retreat center buffet.
Local history lecture.