Do you feel overwhelmed by cultural and political conflict run amok? Does it suck you in even while you feel there’s nothing you can do about it? You need the Yin-Yang Gestalt in your personal toolkit. Use that contrast to take a reflective step back — to find a perspective where those opposites are interdependent poles of a larger meaning whose pattern needs them both. Find out why Heraclitus said, “The Hidden harmony is better than the visible.”
About Our Speaker:
Since joining BBUUC in 1997, Dr. Mark Yount has given over 125 sermons, chaired several committees, served on Leadership Development, on the Board as Trustee and Vice President, and as Youth Advisor for most of the past 20 years (one of his great passions). Mark has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and taught college philosophy courses full-time for 12 years, before a second career in addiction treatment administration and helping homeless/at-risk people apply for disability benefits. He is now retired and writing a book entitled Wisdom on the Way: Seeing Ourselves Whole through the Worldview Wars.
Dr. Smart is a Presidential Professor of Music at the University of North Florida. His career has encompassed a wide range of activities as composer, classical and jazz pianist, and teacher. A musician with varied interests, he studied with Yale scholar/keyboardist Ralph Kirkpatrick, the great Cuban virtuoso Jorge Bolet, and the master jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Dr. Smart composes and improvises music that reflects an abiding interest in Americana, jazz, world music, and Western classical tradition. Organizations, including the Guggenheim and Ford Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, have supported Dr. Smart’s work. He has performed in major venues in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His “Concordia” for orchestra won the Concordia Jazz Competition Award and premiered at Lincoln Center, New York. Dr. Smart has spent two residencies in Japan, teaching programs at Osaka University and Kobe College. He has also taught in Indonesia as a “Distinguished Lecturer” for the Fulbright program.