Fr. Poppe led a NYC expedition on Sunday, November 9, 2014 so that the Confirmation Class could view two exhibits at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
The first exhibit was entitled "Phoenix" by Chinese artist Xu Bing, which was a male and female bird intertwined in flight fabricated out of construction debris. The birds weighed over 12 tons and were 100-feet long as they soared down the center of the nave. The phoenix represents the interconnection of history and labor with the rapid rise of commercial development and wealth in China.
The second exhibit was entitled "Amen: A Prayer to the World" which were 48 fiberglass figures in four differing forms of prayer which were painted and decorated by Muslim, Jewish and Christian artists from Egypt and the West. Fr. Poppe first saw this exhibit in the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and thought this would be an interesting outing for the Confirmation Class to view the diversity and commonalities among an interfaith exploration of personal, cultural and community spirituality. To further reinforce this idea, each teen was given a foam core board and instructed to cut it into either a circle, triangle, square or rectangle and then decorate it with symbols, images, text, artwork, etc., that represents their own personal expression of spirituality.
No trip to the Cathedral is complete without a stop at the Hungarian Pastry Shop across the street for a quick boost of energy to make the trek back to Maplewood in time for dinner.