[We’ve recently been inspired by Martin Buber’s classic on relating to others in fully human, not objectifying, ways. Here is a line that stuck with me:]
Spirit is not in the I but between I and You. It is not like the blood that circulates in you but like the air in which you breathe. Man lives in the spirit when he is able to respond to his You. He is able to do that when he enters into this relation with his whole being. It is solely by virtue of his power to relate that man is able to live in the spirit.
― Martin Buber, I and Thou
[a second excerpt from SSU Field Notes – this one dedicated to all our great alumni]
Leland: You were talking about how your art fit, conceptually, but then when we met you – those of us that were coming to live here in Nova Scotia – do you think that we alumni brought something of St. Stephen’s University here that you resonated with?
Judith: Yeah, I think it deepened the intrigue, because I was seeing a quality of character and what I’ve always called a “peculiar wisdom” in these people. You guys had a way of relating to the world and to each other that I haven’t seen in very many people. Like the ability to do hard work together, or experience things together. In normal circles of friendships, it was never as tight-knit, or forgiving, or gracious. Or something – there was just a difference in the way you guys related to each other. I think I saw a kind of deeper possibility for relationship than I’d experienced before, even in churches. We’d had a long experience of churches at that point, and what I experienced seeing in you guys was a deeper, cleaner, real-er way of relating.
– Judith Brannen, Nova Scotia artist who became an alumna herself, in an interview with SSU alumnus, Leland Maerz – from SSU Field Notes
[If you’re interested in one of the few remaining “limited edition” copies of SSU Field Notes (printed by Gaspereau Press) you can order one by sending an email to Lorna Jones]