July 2017 Convocation Newsletter
The American radio show, ‘On Being’ opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? Animateur Krista Tippett explores these questions in their richness and complexity, in 21st-century lives and endeavors of her guests. In this episode, she interviews cellist Yo-Yo Ma, one of the most famous musicians in the world. In this intimate conversation, he shares his philosophy of curiosity about life, and of hospitality. ‘Whatever one practices for,’ he says, ‘we have this greater purpose, and that is why we want this communal moment to be really special for all of us because, otherwise, why bother to have come at all. It’s not about proving anything, it’s about sharing something.’
A convergence of spirituality, art, and work. Kim Clark Renteria, former exapt and artist, has been creating stained glass for sacred spaces for more than 18 years. Her artistic journey began at the University of Denver where she earned a degree in sculpture but turned to designing needlepoint and sweaters in Hong Kong and New York before settling in Houston in 1993. She painted some after college but never achieved the depth she feels she has in stained glass.