This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.
It’s an unavoidable fact of life: Contrasts are everywhere – Up/Down, Left/Right, Children/Adults, Women/Men…Coke/Pepsi…
As many of us know all to well, as Secularists we are often asked to ponder contrasts as a price for our devotion to Secular principles – Faith vs. Reason, Believing vs. Knowing, Religion vs. Science. Understanding better how contrasts work in terms of Art can help us better understand and explore the contrasts with which we are confronted in our Secular lives.
Come join us for a tour of the various exhibits the Des Moines Art Center has to offer on Saturday the 30th as we explore the various ways in which art is affected by and dependent upon the dynamics of Contrast. Of note at this time is an exhibit called ‘Arts & Letters’ that explores “connections between literature and the visual arts across various times and cultures.” This exhibit closes on May 1st so take this last opportunity to explore a truly interesting display of contrasts from the history of literature.
For more on this exhibit and other features, visit the main website here<a>.</a>
We will meet at the Art Center at 1 PM and tour the galleries and grounds until the Center closes at 4 PM. Afterwards, we can find an eatery or meeting place close by to discuss our observations and reflect on the experience we have just enjoyed. Feel free to bring a note/sketch pad with which to record your observations while touring the gallery. Everyone is reminded to observe Art Center policy with regard to conduct. The receptionist at the front desk will be able to explain the rules of the Art Center and gallery attendants will be on hand to further explain these rules should any issues arise.
Admission is free for all patrons but the Art Center does appreciate donations to it’s general fund. Feel free to contribute as you see fit by leaving a donation, no matter how small, in the box provided just inside the main entrance. Or consider becoming a member of the Art Center by purchasing an annual membership. We hope to see as many of you as possible.
The IAF Book Discussion Group is an ongoing effort to provide interesting intellectual conversations for members of IAF and other interested parties on texts and topics relevant to the Secular perspective.
For this session the group will take a break from more serious fare and discuss the full text of the fictional work “LAMB: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BIFF, CHRIST’S CHILDHOOD PAL” by Christopher Moore.
Just so it’s clear, the reading assignment for this session will cover the entire book. Be prepared, if possible, to present things from the reading assignment that stood out for you so that we can gain a good cross-section of individual perspectives where the reading is concerned.
The conference room that has been reserved at Kirkendall Public Library has a maximum capacity of 20 so RSVP early to get a seat. Social time will be available from 6:30 to 7 PM if you want to come and just chat before the discussion begins. We’ll see you there. 🙂
You can read a brief about the book on Christopher’s Website by following this LINK.
If you prefer, though, here is a brief synopsis of the title from the same site –
“The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years — except Biff, the Messiahs best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work “reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams” (Philadelphia Inquirer).
Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Saviors pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But theres no one who loves Josh more — except maybe “Maggie,” Mary of Magdala — and Biff isnt about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.“