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Butter, flour, chocolate chips bound in ‘Trinity’

first_imgButter, flour, chocolate chips bound in ‘Trinity’ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit an Event Listing June 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm Like it Harriet……………………..great……………… In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET By Danielle TumminioPosted Jun 12, 2012 Rector Smithfield, NC Comments (4) June 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm Loved this. My description when explaining the trinity to my grandchildren goes something like this. The dough and the chips are like (sort of) the Father and the Son. Then when baking the aroma goes wherever. That is the Spirit blowing where it will. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Harriet Kinberg says: Danielle Tumminio[Episcopal News Service] There are few places where community is as rich and energized as on a college campus: Groups of students gather for passionate discussions about Plato and Aristotle, following their professors after class and peppering them with questions. A cappella groups practice until their different voices sound as one, and clusters of undergrads huddle together in the winter, wearing gloves with holes in the thumbs and carrying handmade signs that say, “Free Tibet!”A college campus is one of those rare places where, at two o’clock in the morning, groups of young people gather in dorm basements, making chocolate chip cookies, eating dough and placing it on baking sheets in equal proportions. Watching that scene—or being part of it—makes one certain that tomorrow will be better than yesterday.I have the privilege of teaching college students as a lecturer at Yale University, watching them blossom during the semester we spend studying theology together and seeing how they develop relationships in class that can last a lifetime.And I have the privilege of answering—or trying to answer—their questions.Case in point: the Trinity.A couple of months ago, a student raised a hand to ask me about the Trinity, and the inner dialogue in my head went something like this:CONFIDENT SELF: Just say that it’s three-in-one-and-one-in-three.DOUBTING SELF: That won’t be sufficient.CONFIDENT SELF: Won’t it, though?DOUBTING SELF: No, it won’t.CONFIDENT SELF: Then I will say it is a mystery.DOUBTING SELF: If you say that, then that ornery student who sits in the corner making incisive and dangerously true comments will want to know why theologians can’t explain this fundamental concept in Christianity with greater eloquence.CONFIDENT SELF (now rapidly losing confidence): I fear you are right.[Pause as CONFIDENT SELF deflates like an unknotted balloon.]CONFIDENT SELF: God, please help me.And in one of those moments when God offers exactly what we need, I found an answer to my student’s question, an image to explain this extra-biblical-fundamental-to-our-faith-mystery: The Trinity, I said, is like those chocolate chip cookies you bake at two o’clock in the morning. You take flour, and sugar, and butter, and a whole lot of chocolate chips (preferably two times as many as the recipe calls for) and you blend them together. And then you stick them in the oven, and when they come out, they’re bound as one.You can’t pull the sugar out.You can’t separate the flour from the butter.And the cookie would be something entirely different if you removed the chocolate chips.Yes, I told my students, the Trinity is very much like a chocolate chip cookie: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — all baked together — all distinct, all necessary, and yet inseparable.Even though the word ‘Trinity’ appears nowhere in the Bible, Jesus offers glimpses of this chocolate-chip-cookie relationship. He tells Nicodemus, for instance, about how the Father, Son, and Spirit work together on our behalf for our salvation: Each person of three is part of an interwoven mission, each dancing with the other, holding hands, unable to let go, until the dance is complete, until their work on behalf of us is done, which it never seems to be.And yet, Jesus also seems to acknowledge the mystery of the Trinity. While he tells Nicodemus that we are saved by the Son, that we can experience new life through the Spirit, when pressed, he says that, “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”Some things about the Trinity, Jesus says, humans will not be able to explain.But like the wind blowing, like the scent of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven, we will experience it. We will be touched by that dancing, dynamic relationship that exists between the persons of the Trinity, and it will change us. It will change our relationship with God and our relationship with the world.Because if there’s one thing that doesn’t have to be a mystery about the Trinity, it’s the way in which we can imitate the relationships between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in our lives. Alone, we may be like flour, wholesome, but a little dry. We may be like butter, rich in flavor but greasy in morals. We may be like sugar, sweet but one-dimensional. Or we may be like chocolate chips, big in personality but a little too addictive.As individuals, we’re all missing something, which is why we need God and each other — to complete ourselves in a way that we can’t alone. It’s why we need the church, because it’s there that we can practice knowing, loving, and serving God together: in our choirs, where different voices with different pitches and timbres and ages blend as one in praise of God; in our mission projects, where we join our hands and minds and hearts to create a world without sorrow or sighing or pain; in the Eucharist, where we share bread and wine so that we become Christ’s body.In this work together, we see why alone is not good enough. Alone, we’ll just be a flake of flour or a lonely chocolate chip. Together, we become a tasty cookie that can nourish and feed others, that can transform the world into the place God intends it to be.At the end of my first semester teaching, it was a beautiful spring day, and my students wanted to sit outside. Seated on grass in a courtyard surrounded by Gothic architecture and stained glass windows, I asked them what they’d learned, and at the end of our two hours together, one of my students ducked into her dorm room and emerged with a cake.“We were up all night making it,” she said. “Some of us went to the grocery store to buy stuff, and a couple of us baked the cake, and others made the frosting. From scratch,” she added, and I could see her pride that even with limited kitchen supplies, they hadn’t resorted to a mix.We stayed late that day, my students and I, eating that cake with the homemade yellow frosting, laughing, smiling. It wasn’t a chocolate chip cookie, but the principle was the same: Ingredients had been bound together. People had been bound together, inextricably woven, yet still distinct. And intermingled with the sun, I like to believe the persons of the Trinity shone down upon us, rejoicing to see themselves reflected on earth.– The Rev. Danielle Tumminio lectures at Yale University and is the author of God and Harry Potter at Yale. She currently serves as an interim associate at St. Anne in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Lincoln, Massachusetts.Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications herein, are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Episcopal News Service or the Episcopal Church. Comments are closed. Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Michael Neal says: Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Senior receives award for research project

first_img “This past summer was where it all came together,” Montee said. “That project is being submitted for publication, and I also worked on a side project that has been submitted for publication as well.” “This past summer I was at the SMALL program at Williams College where I worked with Professor Colin Adams, a very well-known knot theorist,” Montee said. “I was in the group that was working with him, and we came up with some really surprising results that were not expected at the beginning of the summer.” “I just absolutely love mathematics; I love the rigor and the beauty of mathematics,” she said.  Senior MurphyKate Montee never questioned her decision to pursue a double major in honors mathematics and music, despite the intimidating course load. Montee said her summer experience researching at Louisiana State University after her junior year also encouraged her development to be the mathematician she is today. “I’ve known that I love math since middle school – it’s never been a question what I want to do with my life and where I’ve wanted to go with my life,” Montee said. “I’ve known since eight grade since I was going to be a mathematics professor … but [music and mathematics] are both equally important to me.” Montee currently is working on a senior honors thesis, titled “On the Construction of the Chern Classes of Complex Vendor Bundles.” The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) established the award in 1990.  Former winners have continued on to be distinguished mathematicians. Five Notre Dame students had placed highly in the competition in previous years, but Montee is Notre Dame’s first winner. Though the discipline is traditionally considered to be a male-dominated discipline, Montee said this has never stopped her. Her achievement in mathematics earned her the 2013 Alice T. Shafer Mathematics Prize from the Association of Women in Mathematics, a national award meant to honor an outstanding undergraduate female mathematician, Montee said.  “It’s an award that’s given out for excellence in mathematics to an undergraduate women majoring in math,” Montee said. “The point of the award is to encourage women in mathematics.” “It’s an interesting application process – they say [to] send a letter of nomination and anything else you want,” Montee said. “I sent in two recommendation letters: one from the assistant advisor here and one from a professor that I worked with this summer at Williams College. … I also sent in a personal statement, my CV and a copy of three papers that I’ve written for publication.” Montee said attention garnered by her recent research likely played a large part in her successful bid for the prize. Montee said she hopes to have all three projects published in the near future, two of which have been submitted to peer-reviewed professional journals and the ArXiv, an open e-print archive of preprint academic papers. She said she expects to submit the third project for publication soon. The application process for the award was unique, Montee said. Montee said her passion for mathematics has driven her far in the field. “Today I don’t think there is any disadvantage to being a woman in mathematics – I think everyone is really encouraging, especially here [at Notre Dame,]” Montee said. Montee said any student – male or female – considering mathematics should try the discipline. “I think people should do what they love. … If you love mathematics and have a talent for mathematics, we’re always looking for more mathematicians,” Montee said. “People tend to get scared away from mathematics, maybe from all the calculations people have to do, but in real life there are not a lot of calculations that go into pure math – there’s a lot of logic and rigorous thinking or reasoning. … It’s beautiful, an art form in and of itself.”last_img read more

FL boy killed while biking to school

first_imgA third grade student died after he was hit by a pickup truck in Sarasota, Monday morning.Roman Miller was riding his bike to Brentwood Elementary School with his sister when he was struck by a pickup truck that was attempting to make a left turn at a nearby crosswalk.Police say the 9-year-old boy who was wearing a helmet was dragged about 15-feet while the driver 25-year-old Charity Lamb was attempting to turn.Lamb remained at the scene and is reportedly cooperating with the investigation.She told police she saw Roman’s sister and waved to her at the stop sign but did not see the young boy.The child was driven to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Roman’s classmates were notified of his passing Monday afternoon and are devastated, according to the school’s faculty.Sarasota County leaders are now looking into new safety options for students after the incident.Officials are reportedly in the process of creating new measures to prevent another tragedy.A candlelight vigil in honor Roman Miller will be held on Thursday.Lamb has not been charged at this time.last_img read more

Florida judge will decide if bars, clubs and breweries can open back up

first_imgDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, bars, clubs, and breweries have been shut down for almost two months.Now, an attorney in Orlando is asking a judge to find the governor’s executive order unconstitutional.“My clients have never said, ‘Hey, let’s get rid of all of the guidelines.’ In fact, it’s just the opposite. They want to be good citizens. They just want the opportunity to do it,” he said.Following those guidelines from the CDC, Cueni Brewing Company in Dunedin, Florida, believes bars and breweries should be allowed to open up, just like every other business in the state.“There’s no standing at a table. There’s no standing at the bar, so you can do it. You just need to make sure you have the right staff people,” said Bren Cueni, who owns the brewery with her husband.Cueni has already opened after they purchased a $400 food license from the state.But John Dill, an attorney in Winter Park, Florida, who is representing several bars and breweries in the Orlando area, doesn’t think they should have to shell out hundreds of dollars just to open their doors.On June 26, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended bars from serving alcohol for on-premises consumption across the state, with some guidelines.“If the United States Supreme Court has denied injunction requests from churches, then bars and pubs and nightclubs don’t have a stool to stand on,” said council for the governor and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.They spoke before a judge Tuesday. They explained why the governor believes those establishments are considered most risky for young people gathering close together.But, Dill said the data is simply not there to back those claims up. He said the data shows cases were still rising long after bars and clubs were closed down.“The governor has advocated, as of a few weeks ago, to open up schools with,” he said. “If the issue that the congregation of young people is the source of the spread of COVID-19, why did schools reopen?”The judge said he will look at both arguments and come back with his findings and acknowledges the livelihood of some bars and breweries across the state rely on a quick decision.last_img read more