"When it comes to discerning what to read, watch or listen to in the precious time we have, it is always helpful to have the suggestions of people who read and experience new information as part of their living. Some of our faculty share here monthly the books they are reading, as well as the electronic media they are listening to or viewing.?? Most of us have a stack of books at our bedside, while some of us have stacks near our reading chair, our cocktail table and any other horizontal surface capable of supporting weight. Most of us also have long lists of films we want to see or music groups we hope to experience.? When it is possible, some of the faculty will give you a few words of evaluation of what is occupying their leisure time.
In a world with too many options for reading and watching, we hope faculty suggestions will help you in your discernment process about what to read on your journey." ?
~ Dean Mark S. Markuly, PhD? ?
"The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, by Christopher Clark--in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, that began World War I. Amazing connections to the post-Cold War world we live in, with new non-nation state powers eroding long-established empires."
"I've been reading Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Millions. Have you heard of a therapy surfing dog? If not, check out this YouTube link, here. Some of my students have seen this video. It shows what happens when you set out to be a helper (a service dog), but you have to find your own path before you can offer hope and inspiration to others. My dog, Luke, is a retired therapy dog. I'm working this summer to get him re-certified. Ricochet has been one of our heroes. In fact, I have a brief quote in the book! (Photo right)
Last week, a student at Seattle Pacific University sent out a message that it would be helpful for foks to walk their dogs on the campus, in light of recent events. Luke and I were honored to visit the Seattle Pacific University campus to offer comfort to students, staff, and faculty after the shooting. Luke kept bowing to other dogs, and gave his lean-in hug to students walking on campus. (See photo left) I have several good friends that work at the university there, and many have commented that they have felt Seattle University's showing of support (Fr. Sundborg visited campus, Seattle University students and staff made a poster that showed our solidarity, and our webpage featured thoughts and prayers for the Seattle Pacific community). Giving and receiving comfort defines our pastoral stance; I'm grateful that we are connected in love and grace."