Religions in daily life after mid-term #4

Religion in Daily Life Report
 Title of  document or event  my room mates experience
Reporter:  Samantha Marsar
Date, Time of the Event  March 20, 2011
Report Citation:  Experience with God
Please provide a short summary of this event:  I was sitting in my room when my roommate told me about an experience she just had with god while in her friends room. At first I was a little confused but after explaining it, it was fascinating.
How did this document, event display the role of religion in daily life?  This shows that you never know when God is going to come into your life, he comes in mysterious ways. I wish I was able to have this experience as well but someday I hope to.
How did this document, event reflect diversity in human life?  this shows that not all people want/have this experience in their life time. I loved hearing her perspective on God and her religion.
How did it reflect/influence your studies at Eastern?  This showed me that although college can be hard, god is always there to support you and give you guidance.
 I want to learn about other peoples experience with God and how it made them feel.
What do you want to learn, do after participating in this event or with this document?
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Religions in Daily Life after-midterm #3

Religion in Daily Life Report
 Title of  document or event movie
Reporter:  Samantha Marsar
Date, Time of the Event  March 23, 2011
Report Citation:  walking on campus
Please provide a short summary of this event:  I was walking to class one day and saw a boy wearing a shirt that said I love Jesus. Although it was comical it was so nice to see. I think he is brave to wear this around campus and definitely made a statement.
How did this document, event display the role of religion in daily life?  I didn’t expect to see someone wearing this around campus so it was some what of a shock.
How did this document, event reflect diversity in human life?  It shows that some still really have a relationship with god, while others choose not to display it like this boy did.
How did it reflect/influence your studies at Eastern?  It made me realize that there are all types of people here at Eastern and thats the beauty of our school. It is very diverse and I like that.
 I want to see more people demonstrating their love for God and not being ashamed about it.
What do you want to learn, do after participating in this event or with this document?
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Religions in Daily Life After Mid-term #2

Religion in Daily Life Report
 Title of  document or event  Walking into Walmart
Reporter:  Samantha Marsar
Date, Time of the Event April, 4 2011
Report Citation:  went to wal-mart with my friend
Please provide a short summary of this event: I went to Wal-mart with my friend and there was this little old man standing outside giving out bibles. I thought it was so sweet that he is so compassionate about spreading religion.
How did this document, event display the role of religion in daily life?  This isn’t something you see everyday, it was kind of refreshing to see some one spreading religion and trying to show how important God is.
How did this document, event reflect diversity in human life? It reflect diversity because not everyone took a bible from him, he understood that not all believe in reading the bible.
How did it reflect/influence your studies at Eastern? this just made me realize that even though I”m in college I should still learn more about God and be interested in doing so.
 Someday I want to do what this old man was doing, it was so nice and I think it is ver important and can help so many people.
What do you want to learn, do after participating in this event or with this document?
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Religion in Daily Life- After Mid-term Assignment #1

Religion in Daily Life Report
 Title of  document or event  In Hurley
Reporter:  Samantha Marsar
Date, Time of the Event  April 13, 2011
Report Citation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NJqUN9TClM
Please provide a short summary of this event:  I was sitting in Hurley and this song came on, this song is very meaningful to me. It talks about a young girl looking for gods guidance through a song. I love this song, it has a great message.
How did this document, event display the role of religion in daily life? You don’t have control of what comes over the radio. When this song came on it really made my day.
How did this document, event reflect diversity in human life?  It reflects diversity because not everyone is going to like or understand this song. All people have different views and it’s their right to.
How did it reflect/influence your studies at Eastern? It just made me realize that I have to live today for what it is. Even if I get overwhelmed and stressed, you have to live when your alive.
  I want to live everyday with meaning and depth. I don’t want to go through life just coasting along.
What do you want to learn, do after participating in this event or with this document?
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Webliography 20-40

Informational Websites-

1) Cooper, M. (1999). Weather Channel. NBC Studio, 17, 13-14

http://www.weather.com/

This website helps me figure out what to expect the next day. It is a great website, that I check often.  

2)  Ryans, T. (1998). National Association of Social Workers. NASW, 18, 45-58

http://www.naswdc.org/

This website is interesting to me because I always had a passion for helping people. It make me realize all the things I want to accomplish.

3)  Thomas, T. (2010). Professional Social Work Jons. JT Inc, 19, 20-222

http://www.socialworkjobbank.com/site/

I like how this website showed all the opportunities this field has. It really opened my eyes to how broad this study is. I was able to search through all the job opportunities.

Criminal Justice-

4) Gadek, R (2008-2011). Justice Jobs. Work Inc, 19, 29-33

http://criminaljusticeonlineblog.com/criminal-justice-careers/

This website had so much useful information. It helped me figure out what fields I am at most interest of.

5)Markus, L(2009-2010). Schools of Criminology. CJ Studio, 20, 25-29

http://www.allcriminaljusticeschools.com/legal-careers/law-enforcement/criminal-justice-careers

This website helped me figure out the degrees required to become a Police Officer.

Psychology-

6) Kiletrs, K (1991-2000). American Psychological Association. 30, 22-27

http://www.apa.org/

This website showed me all the jobs that are under the Psychology major, I found some things of interest to me such as Therapy.

7) Troy,H (1985-2011) Psychology.com, 22,24-25

http://www.psychology.com/

This website talked a lot about becoming a Therapist and what it take to be successful at it.

Social Development-

8)tewart, K (2001-2010) Stress Management. How to Reduce, Prevent, 3,1-2.

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm

This website had a lot of useful tips for me to reduce stress. It gave me techniques how to calm myself. I will definitely use these tips.

9)Lowes,G (2005-2011) WebMD. Stress Management –Topic Overview, 3,3-6.

http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-management-topic-overview

I loved this website, It had so many relaxation tips that I know I’ll be using. I loved the layout of this website as well, It was very helpful and knowledgeable.

Judaism-

10) Mikens,T (2000-2009). Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance,30, 22-23

http://www.religioustolerance.org/judaism.htm

I was still unclear about some things that consist of this religion, but thanks to this website I was able to answer my questions.

11)Killos,C (2004-2010). Religion Facts. Judaism, 2-3

http://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/index.htm

This website went into great detail of the Religion and I really enjoyed it, It had some things I never knew and I learned a lot.

Christianity-

12)Smithens, O (2011) Christianity.com, 16-17

http://www.christianity.com/.

Although I knew a lot about this religion, this website furthered my knowledge and helped me understand some things I wasn’t sure of.

Buddhism-

13) Owtor, I(1996-2011). Ontario Consultants of Religious Tolerance. Buddhism, based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama,20-22

http://www.religioustolerance.org/buddhism.htm

I did not know anything about this Religion and it is fascinating.

14) Georege Beore. (1997-2000). An Introduction to Buddhism, 3-5

http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/buddhaintro.html

Hinduism-

15)Losterm, D (1995-2010). Ontario Consultants of Religious Tolerance. Hinduism: the worlds 3rdlargest Religion.

http://www.religioustolerance.org/hinduism.htm

I liked the layout and context of this website. It had tons of information that I thought was important to know.

16)2000-2010. Hinduwebsite.com. Hinduism and Buddhism. Retrieved fromhttp://www.hinduwebsite.com/hinduism/h_buddhism.asp.

It was interesting that there is such a difference from Hinduism and Buddhism, I thought they were pretty much the same. This website had very good incite.

Atheisms- 2010. Micheal Limonete. The Story Behind Atheism. Retrieved fromhttp://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism

I like how this website had different views of people who take part in this religion. It’s interesting to hear what people have to say about this.

17)2010. Leo Grafetz. Atheism. Retrieved fromhttp://www.religioustolerance.org/atheist.htm.

This website wasn’t one of my favorites, It was very controversial and unorganized. The thoughts of these people was rambled and unclear.

18) Clowrn, E (1998-2011). Jordan Dertiz. Atheism-Background.

http://www.skepdic.com/atheism.html

This was also interesting because the way these people think is crazy. I liked the set up as well.

19) Racks, R. (2000-2009). On mark Productions. Shrine Guid, 19-20

http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/shrine-guide.shtml

I thought this was a very interesting website, I love this religion and what it’s all about.                                                                                            

 20) Kinda, R. (2011) Wicca. 2-,22

http://www.wicca.org/

This is a fascinating Religion. I love the website and learning about it

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WRIT Table

WRIT Table

Group World Religions Information Table (WRIT)
Range of religious thought responses
1) Name of religion – how did it get the name?  When did the religion start?  Who started the religion? – provide some details on life of founder(s)  Shintoism is an Ancient Japanese religion starting about 500 BCE. It was originally a combination of nature worship, fertility cults, divination techniques, hero worship, and shamanism. Its name was derived from the Chinese words “shin tao” in the 8th Century CE. Which means the way of the Gods. There were no documented known founders.
2) what is the geographic range of  religion?, what language(s) are used in the  religion? Shinto is practiced almost exclusively in Japan where they speak Japanese. According to some estimates about 100 million Japanese practice this religion.
3) any holy books? – describe the literature  Although Shinto does not have sacred texts, there are some books that contain the myths and the religious traditions of the Japanese people such as the Kojiki and the Nihon Shoki. These document were written in the 8th century and contain history of Japan and it’s creation.
4) are there any divisions, different denominations, among the faithful? Are there any divisions, different denominations, among the faithful?There are three main divisions in Shintois Sect Shinto, State Shinto, and Shrine Shinto. Most people who do consider Shinto their religion are presumably involved in “Sect Shinto.”
5) do faithful form communities?, how & when do they meet? The faithful do form communities, most Japanese participate in rituals and customs derived from several religious traditions. Life cycle events are often marked by visits to a Shinto shrine.
6) describe a religious service.  Please include internet links to examples, if available.
There are no weekly religious services because there is no holy place. The idea of the religion is to connect the followers with the spirits or the “Kami”. http://www.religionfacts.com/shinto/index.htm

http://www.tokyotopia.com/shinto-religion.html

7) what is the role of music, dance, art in the  religion?
MUSIC: “Special Shintō music was devised for use in imperial shrines. In Japan such Shintō music is called kagura. The kind of music and ritual used exclusively in the imperial palace grounds is called mi-kagura, that in large Shintō shrines, o-kagura, and Shintō music for local shrines, sato-kagura.”
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/301221/Japanese-music/283252/Shinto-music#ref602960DANCE: “Kagura dances dedicated to native deities and performed at the imperial court or in villages before local Shintō shrines are in essence a symbolic reenactment of the propitiatory dance that lured the sun goddess Amaterasu from the cave in ancient myth. Although kagura dance has been influenced by later more sophisticated dance forms, it is still performed much as it was 1,500 years ago, to religious chants accompanied by drums, brass gongs, and flutes.”

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1497501/Japanese-performing-arts/283355/Formative-period#ref1053357

8.) describe the religious calendar.  What are the religion’s sacred times?
Major festivals are held at each Shinto shrine each year.Spring festival: “Haru Matsuri” or “Toshigoi-no-Matsuri”Autumn or Harvest festival: “Aki Matsuri” or “Niiname-sai”

Annual festival: “Rei-sai”

Divine Procession: “Shinko-sai”

Order of rituals at these festivals:

  1. Purification rites
  2. Adoration
  3. Opening the door of the inner sanctuary by the chief priest
  4. Presentation of food offerings
  5. Prayer recited by chief priest
  6. Sacred music and dance
  7. General offering
  8. Offerings taken away
  9. Shutting the inner sanctuary door
  10. Final adoration
  11. Feast

http://www.religionfacts.com/shinto/index.htm

9) do the faithful have dietary restrictions?, other life-style restrictions?,  do the faithful have dress restrictions or distinctive clothing for certain life cycle events?, Is special jewelry or make-up worn?
No dietary restrictions, fasting on holidays is commonThere are no restrictions from what I found, however people who practice Shintoism find it necessary to perform purification rituals and make offerings in order to keep evil spirits out of their lives.

http://www.ringsurf.com/online/1496-shinto.html

10) are there any special rituals at home?, grace at meals?, prayers?
there are ceremonies which “consist of abstinence (imi), offerings, prayers and purification (harae). Purification, by washing with water, symbolically removes the dust and impurities that cover one’s inner mind.”

http://www.religionfacts.com/shinto/index.htm

11) how is the religion organized?, describe its leadership. http://www.religionfacts.com/shinto/index.htmhttp://www.patheos.com/Library/Shinto/Ethics-Morality-Community/LeadershipClergy.html

There are Shinto priests are ordered within the shrine. Most Shinto priests are males but there are a few females. They usually study at a Shinto university before training at a larger shrine. Shrine Maidens (Miko) are common; they are young women who serve in the shrine until they are married. They are usually seen in white. Men and women are allowed to be married and have children if they are a Shinto priest.

12) describe the nature of the good & evil in the religion.  describe the nature of the sacred/divine in the religion. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2056.htmlhttp://www.patheos.com/Library/Country-Profiles/East-Southeast-Asia/Japan.html

The belief is that humans are thought to be genuinely good and evil is caused by evil spirits. Most Shinto rituals are used to purify areas as well as themselves to rid and protect themselves of evil spirits.

13) describe the nature of the good life & ethical behavior in the religion. http://www.patheos.com/Library/Shinto/Ethics-Morality-Community.htmlInfluenced strongly by Confucianism; reverence for the ancestors is highly important. They believe that humans have an internal moral and can be encouraged with shame from doing wrong (or evil) acts. Evil actions are cleansed through rituals of purifications. Sincerity is an important personality trait in Shintoism.
14) what is the nature of forgiveness in the religion?, forgiveness of self?, seeking and granting forgiveness from other individuals?, other peoples?, are there any rituals for forgiveness? http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/jhti/shinto/project1.htmlhttp://learnjapanese.elanguageschool.net/shinto

Shinto Purification and offerings to the gods (Kami) are believed to rid one’s mind and body from impurities.

15) what is the range of political thought among believers? http://www.religioustolerance.org/shinto.htmBefore WWII=Japan is a “Shinto State”, Religious practices and government issues we’re closely related. After WWII= Japan separates religious practices from the government.
16) what is the role of social activism  in the religion? Shintoism is based on a governmental bases and is very involved in this process. It is more of a propaganda then a religion.
17) how does the religion provide outreach within the community?, to others? Wasn’t much about providing outreach in the community but there are annual festivals held during the different seasons
18) what are the religious attitudes towards education and peace? http://www.religioustolerance.org/shinto.htmThe moral code of Shintoism is built on Confucianism, the value of education is high.

They do believe however that all human life is sacred, so they are probably advocators of peace.

19) describe the nature of the afterlife in the religion. The afterlife is not a primary concern in Shinto, and much more emphasis is placed on fitting into this world, instead of preparing for the next. Shinto has no binding set of dogma, no holiest place for worshippers, no person or kami deemed holiest, and no defined set of prayers.
There wasn’t much about how the religion envisions the end of time and the last days of humankind  20) how does  the religion envision the end of time, the last days of humankind? there was know information on what the think about the end of time
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Rubric Score

ePortfolio rubric

Rubric for the Best Eastern ePortfolio 2011

Please copy this form into your own electronic portfolio, complete it there, and send the URL of the completed form to Dr. Stoloff atstoloffd@easternct.edu by Thursday, April 28, 2011 for consideration in the Best Eastern ePortfolio 2011 competition.

Up to twenty ePortfolios will be selected for showcasing on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 2 – 4 pm, in the Library Users’ Education Room, LIB 263.

Will you be able to attend?  Yes

Name-Samantha Marsar

URL of this rubric score sheet – http://stolofd.wordpress.com/eportfolio-rubric/

URL of the homepage of your ePortfolio-  https://marsars.wordpress.com/

Your email address- marsars@my.easternct.edu

Yes I live on campus in Crandall Hall (which hall?)

____ I am a commuter

Please refer to the AAC&U ‘s Integrative Learning VALUE Rubricfor details on the rubric.  The evaluator will review the links that you list here as evidence of fulfilling the elements of the rubric and rate each element using this score –

4 = capstone, 3 = high milestone, 2 = milestone, 1 = benchmark, 0 = not evident.

One may list 1 or more URLs for websites that would display the rubric’s elements.   The maximum score might be 20 points for the entire rubric scoring.   Consider this rubric form as a table of contents or ways of demonstrating competency in your ePortfolio.

1) Connections to Experience – (Experience) – Connects relevant experience and academic knowledge (capstone – “Meaningfully synthesizes connections among experiences outside of the formal classroom (including life experiences and academic experiences such as internships and travel abroad) to deepen understanding of fields of study and to broaden own points of view.”)

SP 3.2 Objective: students develop a sense of empowerment, ownership of the learning process and deepen understanding regarding the opportunities for meaningful learning outside the traditional classroom setting.

There is room to include the objectives of other strategic initiatives here.

For example, one may list webpages that document community service and service learning as related to coursework, participation in university clubs and other associations, and professional activities, ….

Description of Evidence

Format: List name (date created).  Title of webpage.  Retrieved from http:// 

and provide a short essay on how this document fulfills the goals of this section of the Integrative Learning Value Rubric. 

For example,

Stoloff, D.L. (February 25, 2011). ePortfolio rubric.  Retrieved fromhttp://stolofd.wordpress.com/eportfolio-rubric/.

This is a prototype of a table of contents for documenting one’s fulfillments of the objectives of the AAC&U’s Integrative Learning VALUE Rubric.

1. Marsar, S ( April 19, 2011). ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/academicaffairs/2.

2. Marsar, S ( April 19,2011) ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/athletics/4.

3. Marsar, S ( April 19, 2011) ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/ecsu/calendars.html

4) Marsar, S ( April 19,2011) ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/the_campus.htm

…. One may list more than four documents.

2) Connections to Discipline (Academic Portfolio) – Sees (makes) connections across disciplines, perspectives.  “Independently creates wholes out of multiple parts (synthesizes) or draws conclusions by combining examples, facts, or theories from more than one field of study or perspective.”

SP 3.2 Objective: Students will document the full range of his or her learning experiences(including experiential learning)

For example, essays developed in liberal arts courses that combines understanding from multiple discipline, research projects that relied on knowledge from several courses, mixed media projects, …

Description of Evidence

Format: List name (date created).  Title of webpage.  Retrieved from http:// 

and provide a short essay on how this document fulfills the goals of this section of the Integrative Learning Value Rubric. 

For example,

Stoloff, D.L. (February 25, 2011). ePortfolio rubric.  Retrieved fromhttp://stolofd.wordpress.com/eportfolio-rubric/.

This is a prototype of a table of contents for documenting one’s fulfillments of the objectives of the AAC&U’s Integrative Learning VALUE Rubric.

http://www.easternct.edu/the_campus.htm…. One may list more than four documents.

3) Transfer (Applications) –  “Adapts and applies, independently, skills, abilities, theories, or methodologies gained in one situation to new situations to solve difficult problems or explore complex issues in original ways.” 

SP 3.2 Objective: Job and graduate school placement will be assisted by electronic portfolios.

For example, independent study projects, student-lead initiatives, showcasing skills for employment, …

Description of Evidence

Format: List name (date created).  Title of webpage.  Retrieved from http://

and provide a short essay on how this document fulfills the goals of this section of the Integrative Learning Value Rubric.

For example,

Stoloff, D.L. (February 25, 2011). ePortfolio rubric.  Retrieved fromhttp://stolofd.wordpress.com/eportfolio-rubric/.

This is a prototype of a table of contents for documenting one’s fulfillments of the objectives of the AAC&U’s Integrative Learning VALUE Rubric.

1. Marsar, S ( April 19, 2011). ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/academicaffairs/2.

2. Marsar, S ( April 19,2011) ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/athletics/4.

3. Marsar, S ( April 19, 2011) ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/ecsu/calendars.html

4) Marsar, S ( April 19,2011) ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/the_campus.htm

…. One may list more than four documents.

4) Integrated Communication (Design) – uses a format, language, or graph (or other visual representation) in ways that enhance meaning.  “Fulfills the assignment(s) by choosing a format, language, or graph (or other visual representation) in ways that enhance meaning, making clear the interdependence of language and meaning, thought, and expression.”

SP 3.2 Objective: students learn to organize learning artifacts in ways that reinforce skills and knowledge and assist them in integrating and synthesizing learning from various contexts.

For example, uses of language, visual design – clarity of layout and presentation, video, and graphic tools … to convey meaning.

Description of Evidence

Format: List name (date created).  Title of webpage.  Retrieved from http:// 

and provide a short essay on how this document fulfills the goals of this section of the Integrative Learning Value Rubric. 

For example,

Stoloff, D.L. (February 25, 2011). ePortfolio rubric.  Retrieved fromhttp://stolofd.wordpress.com/eportfolio-rubric/.

This is a prototype of a table of contents for documenting one’s fulfillments of the objectives of the AAC&U’s Integrative Learning VALUE Rubric.

1. Marsar, S ( April 19, 2011). ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/academicaffairs/2.

2. Marsar, S ( April 19,2011) ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/athletics/4.

3. Marsar, S ( April 19, 2011) ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/ecsu/calendars.html

4) Marsar, S ( April 19,2011) ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/the_campus.htm

…. One may list more than four documents.

5) Reflection and Self-Assessment (Reflections) – Demonstrates a developing sense of self as a learner, building on prior experiences to respond to new and challenging contexts (may be evident in self-assessment, reflective, or creative work).  “Envisions a future self (and possibly makes plans that build on past experiences that have occurred across multiple and diverse contexts).”

SP 3.2 Objective: Habits of self-assessment and lifelong learning will be improved with a process through which students record and reflect on their academic and professional accomplishments

SP 3.2 objective: Students will demonstrate the skills of a reflective learner by identifying personal strengths and challenges, assessment of learning and setting goals for the future

For example, mission statement, clear statement of planning and goals, changes in perspectives throughout one’s studies,  …

Description of Evidence

Format: List name (date created).  Title of webpage.  Retrieved from http:// 

and provide a short essay on how this document fulfills the goals of this section of the Integrative Learning Value Rubric. 

For example,

Stoloff, D.L. (February 25, 2011). ePortfolio rubric.  Retrieved fromhttp://stolofd.wordpress.com/eportfolio-rubric/.

This is a prototype of a table of contents for documenting one’s fulfillments of the objectives of the AAC&U’s Integrative Learning VALUE Rubric.

1. Marsar, S ( April 19, 2011). ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/academicaffairs/2.

2. Marsar, S ( April 19,2011) ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/athletics/4.

3. Marsar, S ( April 19, 2011) ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/ecsu/calendars.html

4) Marsar, S ( April 19,2011) ePortfolio rubric. Retrieved from http://www.easternct.edu/the_campus.htm

…. One may list more than four documents.

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References that helped influence me

http://www.easternct.edu/portal/

http://www.easternct.edu/academics.htm

http://calendar.easternct.edu/CalendarNOW.aspx?fromdate=4/1/2011&todate=4/30/2011&display=Month&more=1/1/0001

http://www.easternct.edu/administration.htm

http://www.easternct.edu/athletics/

http://www.google.com/

https://login.live.com/login.srf?cbcxt=out&vv=900&wa=wsignin1.0&wtrealm=urn:federation:MicrosoftOnline&wctx=wa%3Dwsignin1.0%26rpsnv%3D2%26ct%3D1302727730%26rver%3D6.1.6206.0%26wp%3DMBI_KEY%26wreply%3Dhttps:%252F%252Foutlook.com%252Fowa%252F%26id%3D260563%26CBCXT%3Dout

http://vista.csus.ct.edu/webct/cobaltMainFrame.dowebct

Each of these references have helped me become more adapted and knowledgable about Eastern. I have found all these websites very useful. Without these websites I don’t think I would no as much about the school as I do, and be involved as much as I am.

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Reflection

This semester here at Eastern I have not only grown as an individual but have learned a lot of useful information. During the course of my Freshman year I had some ups and downs but have developed into a very independent young lady along the way. I love Eastern because of it’s range of diversity, it is very involved and also a beautiful place to call home. Going into college I was very unsure of if I would be able to adapt, thankfully it was a very smooth transaction for me. Of course there was some challenges along the way but that is totally normal.  My teacher have opened my eyes to different ideas and made me think in a more logical manor. I’d like to say each one of my teachers that I have had so far have impacted my life in some way. Here at Eastern they teach you life long material that will only benefit you in the work place. I really like that about this school, it really has to ability to prepare you for the outside world and no what to expect. Besides school I have met a lot of great people that I know will be lifelong friends. I enjoyed going outside my box and being more open. I learned that in order to make friends you have to put yourself out there and just be yourself. Thankfully that really worked for me and I now have a lot of good friends. I am excited for my next three years here at Eastern and hope that I will be able to achieve all I have set my mind to.

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The Passion of the Christ A8r

For this assignment we were asked to find a book on Religion and write a review on it. As I went up and down book isles I found nothing that really lit up a spark in me and would result in a good essay. As a result of this I decided to do my review on a movie that I found extremely interesting and breath taking. “The Passion of the Christ” is a Mel Gibson film produced in 2004 which was rated R for sequences of graphic violence. Even to this day it has been marked as one of the most controversial and gruesome films ever released for public viewing. As I watched this movie I felt the pain and utter strength that God went through for us all. I felt that this film had a lot to do with what we are learning about in World Religions, it goes into more depth and detail about what really happened so long ago. Although this movie was very long I was able to stay focused and really understand the message this film was trying to get across. After watching this I have a whole new respect for God, I can look up to him as a hero to us all on earth.

 

This movie is a complete overview of the last pain staking twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. The story begins at the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper takes place. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus who has completed such called “miracles” and has publicly announced that he is ‘the Son of God’ is then arrested and immediately taken back within the city walls of Jerusalem. It is there where the leaders of the Pharisees accuse him with accusations of blasphemy, which is the act of depriving something of its sacred character, customs, or beliefs. Later on his trial results with the leaders condemning him to his death. Jesus is then displayed before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Palestine, for his sentencing. Pilate listens to the accusations brought upon Jesus by Pharisees. Realizing that his own decision will cause him to become involved in a political conflict, Pilate goes to King Herod for advice to help in deciding the matter of how to persecute Jesus. However, Herod returns Jesus to Pilate who, in turn, gives the crowd a choice between which prisoners they would rather see set free, either Jesus or Barrabas. After a long discussion amongst the crowd they choose to have Barrabas set free. Therefore, Jesus is handed over to the Roman soldiers and is brutally beaten down. This is the moment in the film where it gets extremely graphic and real. After the beating both bloody and unrecognizable Jesus was then brought back before Pilate who, once again, presents him to the crowd, assuming they will see that Jesus has been punished more than enough. Unfortunately the crowd of people are not satisfied with what they see. This is the part in the film where you see how blood thirsty the crowd is for a innocent man. So, Pilate washes his hands of the entire problem and orders his men to do what the crowd wishes. Whipped and weakened, Jesus is presented with the cross and is ordered to carry it through the streets of Jerusalem, all the way up to Golgotha. It is there where Jesus is so brutally nailed to the cross. While suffering, he hangs there, left to die. At first, in his dazed suffering, Jesus is alarmed that he has been abandoned by God his father. He then beseeches God. At the moment of his death, nature itself over-turns.

 

After watching this movie and writing this summary I am still stunned by the events that took place to Jesus. I am also disgusted by the complete cruelty these people had in their hearts. God at no point did anything wrong were he deserved such pain and agony. “The Passion Of The Christ” is rated R for good reason. There’s no hiding the gruesome blows Jesus took or the scars on his body or the blood that dripped off his skin. This is not a family movie by any means, it is a movie for people who are interested in graphically seeing what happened to God as he died for us. I have never seen a movie like this, it is definitely an experience to witness.

 

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