Artist Biography – Thaer Abdallah
I am Palestinian from Iraq. I grew up in Baghdad. My people have lived in Iraq for sixty years, but have neither citizenship nor freedom. Since 2003, they have been attacked by various militias and have suffered kidnapping, torture, imprisonment and assassination. I am a human rights worker and torture survivor. I left Iraq in 2005 and fled as a refugee to Syria. I created many paintings in the refugee camp. Eventually, the secret police imprisoned me and deported me back to Iraq. I fled again, and finally arrived in the U.S. in April 2008, to begin a new life.
I have painted and drawn since I was a child, when I discovered that art was a world so much larger than the one room which I shared with my parents and ten siblings. I drew on everything – the walls, the door – to my mother’s chagrin!
Today, I use art to express the pain and also the strength of my community in Baghdad and of those scattered as refugees in many corners of the world. I also paint scenes of nature and people interacting with nature. Life does not stop, and it is still beautiful.
About ARTChurch: Inspired by the rich spirituality and deep themes inherent in art, ARTChurch looks at scripture and liturgy through the lens of the art installed in the Gallery at Sanctuary UCC. On the second Sunday of each month, we experience the Holy—and the holy in each other—through the images, colors, themes and creative energies of the installation, the artist’s perspective and that which is seen by the observer.
Traditional worship services can be hard to enjoy as a family.
That’s why we made Messy Church!
Messy Church is a worship service designed especially for children, ages 0-5, and their parents.
At Messy Church, we sing, we read bible stories, we play games, do crafts, and eat dinner together.
And, even more importantly, we send home with resources to help you keep the conversation about faith and values going!
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Participants will be guided with clear instruction in gentle yoga-based exercise and breath focused meditation, using chairs for comfort and support. Emphasis will be given on cultivating relaxation and concentration, as well as maximizing circulation, joint mobility, immunity and bone strength. No previous experience with yoga is required.
Our teacher – West Medford’s yogi Judy Scribner-Moore – brings more than 30 years of experience teaching yoga and meditation to students of diverse ages, abilities and backgrounds.
This Series Runs: September 05, 2018 through October 24 2018 — 8 classes @ $20 = $170 tuition.
If interested in participating in this class, please register at: www.sanctuaryucc.org/supportyoga;
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$ 20.00 per session for full term; Drop-in Price $ 25.00. If you need support with the cost of the classes please contact Rev. Wendy for information about scholarships.
Please bring a yoga mat and firm blanket to each class.