1 Corinthians 13 on love

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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SUNDAY NIGHT TRANSLATION GROUP – 9/30/18

Translators:  Mike Zonta, Melissa Goodnight, Richard Branam, Hanz Bolen

SENSE TESTIMONY:  When people are hurt and not believed it creates ongoing problems.

5th Step Conclusions:

1)  Truth is the personification of Oneness in unbroken trust of and with Itself; believing all, welcoming all to a problemless existence.

2)  One Infinite, Consciousness Beingness, is always presently at hand, creating the perfect trustworthy solution, that reveals absolutely pristine integrity, of each and every individuation.

3)  The vitality and guidance of All One Truth is clearly self evidently powerful, self evidently knowing and self evidently present in each and every individuation now, everywhere, always.

4)  Truth Parents itself, is All Embracing Inclusivity, Fully instantiated formulation, believing itself as Purely Consciousness Aware I am I, Individuated permission, Androgynously making love, Superbly reproducing Itself.

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A first in California: Berkeley opens large-scale universal locker room

By Gretchen Kell, Media relations| 

Like many transgender students at UC Berkeley, Juniperangelica Cordova would get anxious each time she considered a workout at the campus gym.

(UC Berkeley video by Perla Shaheen, Roxanne Makasdjian and Stephen McNally)

“I wondered, ‘Am I going to use the locker room? Take a shower?’” says the ethnic studies major. “I like to work out, but I’d often avoid the locker room and go home with dirty clothes, or not go to the gym at all.”

While Cordova says Berkeley has become “a safer place for trans people to voice our needs and concerns,” she adds that students can’t fully participate in college life if there are places where they fear stares and harassment.

Get a 360-degree look at the universal locker room. (UC Berkeley photo by Stephen McNally)
The opening tomorrow (Sept. 26) of a 4,500-square-foot universal locker room at the campus’s Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) — it’s believed to be the first large-scale collegiate universal locker room in California and one of just a few in the nation — will help change that experience. Any students or other RSF members needing more privacy, including those who are transgender, non-binary or have disabilities or body image struggles, will find a welcoming facility next door to the men’s and women’s locker rooms.

The RSF's new universal locker room opens Wednesday, Sept. 26.

The RSF’s new $2.7 million universal locker room opens Wednesday, Sept. 26. Students voted to pay for it themselves over the course of 30 years. (UC Berkeley photo by Brittany Hosea-Small)

The $2.7 million locker room has its own entrance, 400 lockers, 16 individual changing rooms, seven private showers, five private toilets and four shared sinks. It also leads to Spieker Pool, which, in the past, some students avoided, since it was only accessible through the existing locker rooms.

“Our belief is that this will be a very popular place,” says Brigitte Lossing, Berkeley Rec Sports interim associate director, of the new locker room. “We’d heard from some students who were uncomfortable, we knew there were more, and we spoke with colleagues who work with those populations. We’re here to serve everyone; we’re always thinking of ways to remove barriers to fitness and wellness.”

For students with disabilities, access also is a “huge issue, and space for them isn’t always taken into account,” says Martha Velasquez, associate director of the campus’s Disabled Students’ Program. “Now, those who might have automatically assumed they couldn’t use the RSF locker room will feel welcome.”

A student-funded project

Remarkably, the new space is being paid for entirely by students. In a 2015 Wellness Referendum, the student body voted to impose an annual fee of $146 upon themselves — the fee contains a built-in escalator tied to inflation and is currently $160 — for 30 years. Those fees go into a Wellness Fund that, according to the fund’s website, is for “new, innovative mind-body services” that “address the concerning rise of mental health complications on campus and provide new support for minority student groups.”

William Morrow, former ASUC president; RSF Interim Associate Director Brigitte Lossing (center) and Trineice Durst, former RSF associate director, look at renderings of the new facility.

From left, William Morrow, former ASUC president; RSF Interim Associate Director Brigitte Lossing and Trineice Durst, former RSF associate director, look at renderings of the new facility. (UC Berkeley photo by Jeremy Snowden)

So far, the fund has provided for initiatives that include counseling services for historically under-resourced student communities, medical care for student survivors of sexual violence and a pilot program for emergency housing.

For many years, Rec Sports staff and student leaders were aware of students who felt the gym wasn’t a service for them. Small accommodations, such as a few shower curtains for privacy, were made at the RSF, but funds were lacking for what then was called a “gender inclusive” locker room.

Project team

Contractor: James R. Griffin, Inc.
Architect: ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Project management: UC Berkeley Capital Projects
On-site construction coordinator: Chris Lochtefeld, James R. Griffin, Inc.

Then, during the 2014-15 school year, a group of student leaders — concerned about growing student enrollment and the inability of health and wellness services to keep pace — designed the referendum. It passed overwhelmingly, and one of the first requests to the resulting Wellness Fund was from Rec Sports, for a study to explore the size and scope of a third locker room for under-served populations.

Funding was approved, and in 2016, William Morrow, then-president of the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) and Trineice Durst, then-Rec Sports associate director, led the creation of a proposal for the project — financially self-sustaining and free of the need for state or campus dollars — and submitted it to the Wellness Fee Advisory Committee and campus administrators.

Former ASUC president William Morrow, former RSF associate director Trineice Durst and Brigitte Lossing, RSF interim associate director, fought to make the locker room a reality.

Morrow (left), Durst and Lossing each played a major role in making the new universal locker room a reality. (UC Berkeley photo by Jeremy Snowden)

“As we started describing the type of design for the locker room, it became clear there were others who would benefit,” including students, staff and faculty with disabilities, says Billy Curtis, director of Berkeley’s Gender Equity Resource Center. A consultant for the project, he suggested the new facility be called a “universal” locker room.

“’Universal’ is the term today,” Curtis explains. “It says everyone.”

The committee passed the proposal in fall 2016, and in June 2017, the campus’s chief financial officer provided an interest-free loan to Rec Sports to fund the project; the loan will be repaid over 15 years through students’ Wellness Fees.

Student Yongqi Gan, committee chair, says the locker room initiative “was a matter of equity and access.” It also was the most costly proposal the committee has funded and included an important benefit for all three RSF locker rooms — ADA standards of accessibility.

An intentional step forward

Ben Perez remembers being a new student at Berkeley in 2007 and how it felt to suddenly be faced with sharing a residence hall bathroom and showers with 25 other students. After a spinal cord injury at age 16, he has used wheelchairs, including a special one for bathing.

Every and any moment in which the university identifies and proactively moves an access barrier to make spaces more inclusive is a big moment. Every time we do so without a mandate, but with intention, is an especially important moment, because it sets a tone.

– Ben Perez, manager of Campus Access Services

“My disability life had been a private thing,” says Perez. “My parents were involved, my two closest friends and my caretakers. I cannot tell you how mortified I was. I didn’t want to look disabled at that time. I would have valued a little bit of space to learn how to be comfortable with myself.”

Ben Perez, manager of Campus Access Services, checks out the new universal locker room.

Ben Perez, manager of Campus Access Services, checks out the new universal locker room. (UC Berkeley photo by Brittany Hosea-Small)

Today, as manager of Berkeley’s Campus Access Services, Perez is the point person for advice on making programs, services and activities either accessible or more so for those on campus with disabilities. While he says Berkeley “has more work to do,” he adds that it continues its “long history of building accessible spaces, and of students coming to occupy them.” For example, the campus for several years has been installing gender-inclusive restrooms, many of them ADA-accessible, in dozens of buildings.

Perez says the RSF, like its satellite fitness center at Memorial Stadium, is “the most accessible gym I can imagine. We might not have every piece of equipment for everyone’s disability needs, but it’s a facility that checks a lot of boxes, a lot of those needs are met. And with the new locker room, our students will take advantage of it.”

The new locker room has 400 lockers, 16 individual changing rooms, seven private showers and five private toilets.

The new locker room has 400 lockers, 16 individual changing rooms, seven private showers and five private toilets. (UC Berkeley photo by Brittany Hosea-Small)

The new RSF facility also has a private room with an adult changing table that exceeds ADA requirements, says Lossing, and high-quality, slip-resistant flooring that, like the locker room’s paint and other materials, is free of toxic chemicals that can create fumes.

Among those who may value the universal locker room are individuals who are “on the spectrum, have PTSD, or other psychological disabilities. Some may have a sensory disability and need a more private space to change,” says Velasquez, adding that some 2,500 students are registered with the Disabled Students’ Program.

“For people with anxiety,” adds Perez, “changing into gym clothes is a huge source of discomfort; some people don’t go to the gym because they don’t want to be seen getting ready. Our social fabric contains a really specific and narrow vision of what someone who goes to a gym should look like.”

A 360-degree look at a shower for people with disabilities (UC Berkeley photo by Stephen McNally)

Cordova, a former ASUC senator who is working on a transgender student wellness initiative as an intern with the campus’s Multicultural Community Center, says the physical privacy of the new locker room will take worry out of her fitness routine.

But more than that, she explains, the space is “a step forward for the campus and the atmosphere for trans students; the powerful part of this is the intentionality behind it.”

At its foundation, says Stephen E. Sutton, vice chancellor for the Division of Students Affairs, “are Berkeley’s values of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.”

“Every and any moment in which the university identifies and proactively moves an access barrier to make spaces more inclusive is a big moment,” adds Perez. “Every time we do so without a mandate, but with intention, is an especially important moment, because it sets a tone.”

More information about the universal locker room can be found here.

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This is not an obscenity. This is art.

OriginOfTheWorld.jpeg

L’Origine du monde (“The Origin of the World”) is a picture painted in oil on canvas by the French artist Gustave Courbet in 1866. It is a close-up view of the genitals and abdomen of a naked woman, lying on a bed with legs spread. The framing of the nude body, with head, arms and lower legs outside of view, emphasizes the eroticism of the work. Wikipedia

Artist: Gustave Courbet (June 10, 1819 – December 31, 1877)
Location: Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France (since 1995)
Medium: Oil paint
Created: 1866

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“The World Has Changed” by Calvin Harris, H.W., M.

The World Has Changed: A continuing series of Conversation snippets by Calvin Harris, H. W., M. from compelling conversations between colleagues, students, lovers and friends on significant educational, social, literary and cultural themes.

Telephone Conversation 2017 September 27  – We who are in the service of the Future, directs the learning of the next generation about the people and movements helping to build a better world. We in the service of the Future will bring teaching tools to shine a spotlight on the Beingness and talents of the young representing diverse movements for social change and ordered good – Calvin Harris H.W., M.
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My Brush with Albert Einstein and the Imaginal Realm

Today I want to tell you about my encounter with Albert Einstein…

When I was eight years old, I was attending a school in Manhattan where they felt it was a good idea for students to meet some of the great elders of the time.

One of those elders was Albert Einstein, and one day we trotted across the river over to Princeton University to his house there. He had a lot of hair and was very sweet.

One of my smart-alecky classmates said to him: “Uh, Mr. Einstein, how can we get to be as smart as you?”

He said: “Read fairy tales,” which made no sense to us at all.

So another smart-alecky kid said: “Mr. Einstein, how can we get to be smarter than you?”

He said: “Read more fairy tales!”

We of course didn’t fully understand him at the time, but what he was actually encouraging us to do was to nurture and grow our imaginations.

He understood something that almost all highly creative and successful people do, that the imaginal realm is where the most potent ideas—the ones that can change your life or change the world—are held.

And the more you can nurture your imagination by diving into that imaginal realm, the more often that dive will inspire a stream of creativity when you resurface.

In this way, just as Einstein did, you will be tapping into a deep well of greater possibilities for co-creation with the Universe, and this state of co-creativity is where you can begin to tap into your Quantum Powers.

For many years now, my work has been focused on developing human capacities in several areas: the sensory, the psychological, the mythical, the narrative, the spiritual, and the unitive.

I’ve created countless exercises and practices to develop these capacities, which have formed the basis of my many books, courses and seminars that have touched the lives of millions of people.

As you know from reading the newspapers, this is a time of both grave challenges and great opportunities, and I am more optimistic for our future than ever because we have an option previously unknown in human history.

It is the rising of our collective intelligence created from the “world mind,” unique in its capacity to interact at all levels, and this “mind” is seeking solutions at an incredible rate.

From my decades of work in human development I have concluded that together we can discover the wisdom, the fortitude and the willingness to develop strategies and actions to preserve and enhance our world rather than destroy it.

To facilitate this, I’ve created a process and course of study that can unlock a higher and more powerful internal operating system within you.

It has been latent within all of us, waiting until we reached a time of sufficient consciousness, complexity and crisis before it could be fully activated.

Now is that time.

–Jean Houston (EvolvingWisdom.com)

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