Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Russia's Got Talent

Last night:
It is a beautiful show. Dr. Olga Lutsenko is soft spoken and kind and I just want to hug those little Russian children who created the works above. If you're interested, the show will run on the second floor of the Meridian Museum of Art until mid July. Kate Cherry, the director the museum, teared up when she tried to convey what this series means to her.

The wheat from the chaff. 
I get to decide. 
You get to decide. 
Free will is a beautiful right.

Research notes:

Dr. Olga Lutsenko

"The Russian Minister of Education asked Dr Olga Lutsenko, a leading educational official with the Academy of Educational Sciences in the USSR to develop a program for teaching morality in Russian Schools. In her research, she began reading the Bible and was spiritually transformed. She has developed the program of teaching values based upon the Bible throughout Russia and the Ukraine. Over 25,000 teachers have been trained in her methods. Her teaching organization is called the Global Kindness Foundation.” 

The Kindness Foundation

"The Kindness Foundation is classified as a non-partisan, non-sectarian Christian education society.Teaching Biblical morals and values in Public Education in Russia brought a strengthening of the culture through the re-emergence of traditional Biblical principles when it was adopted in 1993. Using the model which Kindness helped develop and implement in Russia, a few years ago, Kindness began focusing this strategy in Ukraine through a signed agreement with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education to provide Bibles, Biblical lesson plans, teacher training and resources directly to their Public School System and is now promoting this effort to all countries."

Putin, Buchanan
Oh look, politics and egos and control and using God to debase another human being or a whole nation of them and haven't we seen that before. Not going to source this. You should have no problem finding their political rhetoric if you would like.

American History

The men who fought the Revolution may have thanked Providence and attended church regularly—or not. But they also fought a war against a country in which the head of state was the head of the church. Knowing well the history of religious warfare that led to America’s settlement, they clearly understood both the dangers of that system and of sectarian conflict. Source

Further Reading (not mandatory, of course)
The Bible (oddly a free digital book to internet subscribers in the United States of America)
John Shelby Spong's Living in Sin
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer

Today I am especially grateful for the thoughtful men who founded this country.

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