listening to silence, listening to students

[This afternoon is the book launch of SSU Field Notes: A Collected Memoir on Canada’s Smallest University. This quote is from an interview with Peter Fitch on what has kept SSU alive]:

…[T]here were two things that have changed us: one is this determination that we could be led intuitively or spiritually. The other thing is that I, maybe more than anybody else, have a complete conviction that each new generation of students has a voice that’s been changing this place….

I think that’s what has changed us. Internally, listening to silence. And listening to students. That’s why this place isn’t stagnant…. The people are changing, the ideas are changing, and to me, it feels like a situation of perpetual growth. I hope that’s true.

– Peter Fitch, from SSU Field Notes (2015)

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a word from Henri Nouwen on responding to losses

“…every time there are losses there are choices to be made. You choose to live
your losses as passages to anger, blame, hatred, depression and resentment, or
you choose to let these losses be passages to something new, something wider,
and deeper.The question is not how to avoid loss and make it not happen, but how to choose it as a passage, as an exodus to greater life and freedom.”

– Henri Nouwen, Finding My Way Home

a poem by raymond funk

Pathways

Does the seed rejoice
when it loses sight of light?
When it is buried
slowly
underneath the earth?
Comfort
in its dark embrace?

Does it understand?
Holy mystery;
potential release;
hull shudder,
creaking,
cracking in the unseen?

Does it feel life’s pull?
Push towards the warmth,
the calling of sun?
Burrow deeper in,
deeper
down
into the richness, the intimate earth?

Pathways through sky and stone,
we push ever further,
into unknown, with unseen force
into the depths and into the heights,
light displays our growth
as darkness conceals its source.

by Raymond Funk