‘Chronicles of Narnia’-themed, Lenten lecture series to begin

first_imgFor many Catholics and Christians, the final day before Lent is a time to eat as much food as possible in preparation for the fasting of Ash Wednesday. For the McGrath Institute for Church Life, however, it is the time to kick off a new lecture series, “‘Chronicles of Narnia’: A Spiritual Journey from Lent to Easter.”The first two lectures will be delivered Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Eck Visitors Center Auditorium. A one-credit course is being taught concurrently in order to offer students a chance to read C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” and engage in deeper conversations about the themes of the novels. Although the course is not open to the general public, everyone is permitted to attend the lectures and join the spiritual journey.Theology professor Leonard DeLorenzo — who is teaching the corresponding course — said the lecture series will provide an opportunity for people to connect and reflect.“Our idea here was to allow people to get together and take something of a literary pilgrimage during the liturgical season [of Lent],” he said. “People are invited to read along, and we bring in speakers who can draw out the theological themes [and offer] some spiritual reflection on the works that we are reading.”Theology professor David Fagerberg will be delivering the first lecture in the series, which will offer an overview of the “Chronicles,” and how Lewis came to write them. Following Fagerberg’s talk, DeLorenzo will present the second lecture focusing on the “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” the first novel in the series.DeLorenzo said he wants his lecture to convey the importance of being truly engaged in the story.“I have read the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ many times … but it was in the experience of reading these stories to my 5-year-old that I came to a deeper appreciation of the real treasure here, which is to be actually engaged in the story,” he said.He explained the goal of reading the texts should not be analysis, but rather immersion.“[You should] allow yourself to be drawn in and surprised. Children do that most naturally. … They don’t ask about the author’s intention [like] we adults do,” DeLorenzo said. “For us adults, there’s something really refreshing [about] allowing ourselves to be led by children into a story like this. [My lecture] is about engaging this particular story, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,’ in that [childlike] way.”Fagerberg echoed the importance of reading a story that was intended for children as an adult.“I was pulling material together, and Lewis says in one place that, ‘[The ‘Chronicles’] would be a bad story if it was only read by children, and a bad story if it was not read more than once,’ so I think that we are trying to bring people back to reading the ‘Chronicles’ again,” he said.Fagerberg said the importance of reading these stories during the Lenten season — as the Christlike qualities of the story’s hero, Aslan — can offer a deeper reflection on one’s image of God.“There is an exchange between Aslan and Lucy in the second chronicle … and he says, ‘Each year you grow older, you will find me bigger,’” he said. “Aslan is Christ, and as you grow older, you find Christ bigger. Most of us are stuck with a very small and childish picture of God … and that’s what [we] want to talk about … and give an opportunity to do: to encounter face-to-face the mystery of Aslan.”Recorded versions of the lectures will be available online. A full schedule of the lecture series is also available on the McGrath Institute’s website.Tags: Lent, McGrath Institute for Church Life, spirituality, The Chronicles of Narnialast_img read more

​Investors ‘must research equity overlays’ as demand soars: Bfinance

first_imgInvestors must be prepared to scrutinise complex equity overlay strategies as downside protection comes to the fore, according to consultancy Bfinance.A number of pension funds have turned to such strategies over the last year to protect portfolios against falling market prices.Toby Goodworth, managing director for risk and diversifying strategies at Bfinance, said: “We have seen a clear trend among investors seeking more explicit forms of protection against equity losses over the past 12 months as artificially stimulated asset prices have given way to increased market volatility, geopolitical tensions and trade war concerns.”The prospect of severe downturns had bolstered the case for more explicit safeguards on investment portfolios, he said, in contrast to the past decade when investors had instead built up implicit downside protection through diversifying strategies. However, changing approach in this way involved several critical choices, Goodworth said – some of which were relatively complex from a technical point of view.Usually, equity protection strategies involve a derivative overlay designed to limit how much an equity portfolio falls in value.“They also need to be considered from the perspective of governance and stakeholder buy-in, as even the most cautious investor can find that their stakeholders run out of patience before protective measures pay off,” Goodworth warned.“When it comes to applying overlays, simplicity is not always straightforward so investors should ensure they are well-equipped to consider the level of customisation required with the desired level of tactical adjustment and the types of instruments to be employed with an awareness of the trade-offs that are involved.”The South Yorkshire Pensions Authority (SYPA) was among the large pension schemes to have put a strategy in place over the past year to mitigate possible falls in equity markets. In June 2018, it tasked Schroders with a £2.6bn (€3bn) equity risk management strategy.In December, the £1.4bn London Borough of Tower Hamlets Pension Fund also hired Schroders to run a “risk management solution” protecting around half of its portfolio.Also in December, multi-sector Dutch pension fund PGB hired BMO Global Asset Management to implement a protection strategy for its €12bn equity portfolio.last_img read more

Xhaka reveals how Arteta turned his Arsenal career around

first_img The Swiss international was stripped of the captaincy after an altercation with the Arsenal fans during their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in October. Xhaka’s agent Jose Noguera revealed that his client had agreed a deal with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin for a January transfer, but the move failed to materialise.Having been frozen out by Unai Emery, Xhaka was initially reintegrated by interim boss Freddie Ljungberg before Arteta made a point of highlighting his importance.The 27-year-old told Arsenal.com: ‘I have to smile a little bit because I am very, very happy to be back and to enjoy what I love the most: playing for this club and playing football.‘I had a very, very good meeting with him [Arteta] three days after he came into this club. He told me a lot of things and I was very open with him and he was very open with me.‘And now we are here, we are both very happy to bring this club to where they have to be.’Arteta has impressed in his first 10 games in charge of his former side, winning four and keeping five clean sheets.Gunners players have been united in their praise of the 37-year-old head coach, with defender David Luiz saying he has brought the fun back to playing for Arsenal Xhaka echoes the Brazilian defender’s commendation, he added: ‘It’s always good when the coach can protect you and he speaks openly with me and the players. Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka admits boss Mikel Arteta convinced him to stay at the club and he is now ‘very happy’ to be back in the team.Advertisement Read Also: Serie A: Inter Milan game among three postponed over coronavirus fears‘Each training we learn a lot from him. He speaks a lot to me where to stay where to be and I want to give back every match every training.‘He knows exactly how he wants to play and the mentality of him is exactly what I want as well.‘He wants discipline, he wants character and he wants spirit.’FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Mind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appearedlast_img read more

La Carlota City mayor passes away

first_imgJalandoni will be replaced by ViceMayor Rex Jalandoon./PN The governor said the people of LaCarlota City ‘will surely miss him.’ Vice Gov.  Jeffrey Ferrer said Jalandoni passed awayaround noon on Tuesday after battling liver cancer at the St. Lukes MedicalCenter in Makati City. Jalandoni was on his second term asthe city’s chief executive upon his death. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson alsoexpressed sympathized on the death of Jalandoni. Jalandoni has been undergoing medicaltreatment for two years already, the vice governor said. center_img Lacson also appealed to the people ofLa Carlota City ‘to continue to support their officials with the demise oftheir mayor.’ BACOLOD City – The city of La Carlotain Negros Occidental is mourning over the loss of their mayor Luis “Jackie”Jalandoni III. “We know each other as mayors of ourrespective cities and I heard good things about how he governed,” said Lacson,a former mayor of San Carlos City.  He added that the late mayor hasserved their hometown as councilor, vice mayor and mayor.last_img read more

Syracuse edges Akron in final preseason scrimmage

first_img Published on August 22, 2014 at 10:58 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] Revenge is sweet. Even if it comes 27 years later in a preseason tuneup. On Friday night at FirstEnergy Stadium in Akron, Ohio, Syracuse midfielder Nick Parea scored with three seconds remaining in regulation to lift Syracuse to a 2-1 victory over No. 13 Akron. In the two teams’ only other meeting — in 1987 — the final score was reversed.And despite being a scrimmage, the victory was also extra sweet for SU coaches Ian McIntyre and Jukka Masalin. The two previously coached together at Hartwick, and fell to the Zips on several occasions.  “If you can find ways to win games like this in a tough environment like Akron, the guys certainly enjoyed it,” said McIntyre. “I do think (Nick’s goal) was the reward of a collective performance. I thought Nicky was outstanding for the entire 90 minutes.”Until the latter stages of the second half, it looked as if Syracuse would prevail with a 1-0 victory. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSophomore Emil Ekblom’s goal in the 51st minute gave the Orange a 1-0 lead. The  goal, a diving header in the middle of the box, came on a chip pass from fellow sophomore Chris Nanco and was the game’s only tally until Zips forward Saad Abdul-Salaam evened the score in the 75th minute.“You know, to bring in players with the quality of Emil and Chris off the bench…,” said McIntyre, who brought on the sophomore duo in the 23rd minute. “I think Emil is one of the best in the country as a skilled finisher.”Akron played to a 17-4-1 record last year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, but on Friday SU bested one of the country’s most consistent programs. “If we don’t capitalize on it on Friday against Niagara, it will mean very little,” McIntyre said regarding his team’s opener at SU Soccer Stadium at 2 p.m. on Aug. 29. “Having said that … I think today was good for the guys to come in to a tough environment. “Akron has been one of the elite programs in the country for a number of years.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more