St. Philip' sets forum on Walt Whitman, art exhibit, music, vigil

2013-10-03T00:00:00Z St. Philip' sets forum on Walt Whitman, art exhibit, music, vigilSubmitted by Sue Agnew St. Philip’s Director of Communications Arizona Daily Star

Poet Walt Whitman topic of Sunday talk

Adult Formation Ministries at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church is offering a forum, “Songs of the Soul: Walt Whitman’s America,” presented by storyteller Ron Lancaster at 10:15 a.m. Sunday in the East Gallery.

In story and verse, Lancaster tells the tale of this uncommon man who has been conquering hearts for more than 150 years.

Whitman (1819–1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works.

Lancaster’s presentation is free and open to the public.

Candelight vigil set

for mental illness help

Mental illness affects the lives of many in our community, where one in four people is diagnosed with a mental disorder each year. Because of stigma and misunderstanding, these individuals and their families often suffer in silence and struggle alone.

As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 6-12) St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church will host the National Day of Prayer for Recovery and Understanding on Tuesday.

The public is invited to support those living with mental illness, their families and their friends in a candlelight vigil from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Perry Garden, followed by a reception.

The service is sponsored by St. Philip’s Mental Illness Ministry and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona.

Collages, abstracts

on display in October

The October show in the Murphey Gallery at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church features collage artist Linda Cato and abstract acrylic artist Jeanne Porter.

Cato is showcasing a new body of work called “Ephemera of Spring.” It is a contemplation on the essential and divine forces that bring the world around us to life. The works are loosely based on the poetry of W.S. Merwin, and grow out of the Cato’s practice of botanical drawing and illustration.

The past two years Cato has been working primarily in a collage technique involving stained papers that she prepares using pigments, inks and dyes, rice glue she cooks on the stove, and rice paper.

Porter has been involved in art since childhood, when she and her sister went to the Saturday School for Children at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her sister finished art school there, while Porter went on to other pursuits, until an Elderhostel program in the 1980s returned her to watercolor. First in Helena, Mont., then in Tucson she continued her art journey, through the Randolph Park Art Program and The Drawing Studio.

Porter has moved from watercolor painting to painting with acrylics in the abstract form.

Everyone is invited to view the work. The Murphey Art Gallery is open 2-to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

Haydn Mass launches fall liturgical music

St. Philip’s liturgical music resumes this fall. On Sunday, Haydn’s “Mass in the Time of War” will be presented as part of the liturgy for the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services.

Woosug Kang, St. Philip’s director of music, will conduct the St. Philip’s Singers, the Canterbury Choir and the Canterbury Choir Apprentices (a group of youth whose voices have changed), accompanied by St. Philip’s Chamber Orchestra, composed of well-known Tucson musicians.

The mass was written in 1796 by Haydn when Austria was waging a losing war against France. This piece is also known as the “paukenmesse” or “drum mass” for its prominent timpani part.

The service is free and open to the public.

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