February 2008

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CD-ROM Available March 1!

Posted by on 27 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: Availability

CD-ROM now available! This powerful and inspiring CD-ROM offers space for a contemplative engagement with the “depths of the sea” (Psalm 68:22). Through its multimedia integration of visual art, music, and texts, Ocean Psalms invites people into the both ancient and ever-new world of maritime mystery, as a way of deepening the life of the spirit. Click here to view two samples. Ocean Psalms is the first production from MysticWaters Media. Directors Teresa Berger and Lorna Collingridge have collaborated previously in Teresa’s latest book, Fragments of Real Presence and in the documentary Worship in Women’s Hands.

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Ocean Psalms at Yale Divinity Bookstore

Posted by on 27 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: Availability

Ocean Psalms is now available at Yale Divinity Bookstore.  For more details go to http://www.yale.edu/divinity/sbs/index.shtml or visit the store at 409 Prospect Street, on the Yale Campus in New Haven, CT.

Introduction to Ocean Psalms

Posted by on 15 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: Introduction

Ocean Psalms is an interactive CD-Rom presenting meditations, music, prayers, songs, photography, psalms and art, all focused on the sea. In multimedia form, Ocean Psalms invites people into the both ancient and ever-new world of “ocean depths” as a way of deepening the life of the spirit. At a point in time when the environmental assault on the world ocean has become life-threatening, Ocean Psalms witnesses to the primal bond between ecological and religious commitments. This witness focuses on highlighting possibilities of contemplative engagement with the “depths of the sea”.
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What is a CD-ROM?

Posted by on 14 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: Technical Information

A CD-ROM is an acronym for Compact Disk – Read Only Memory. It is a CD that is played in the CD drive of your computer. In Ocean Psalms, the CD contains text, graphics, images, sound and video. It cannot be played in an audio CD player. It is not a DVD so can not be played on a DVD player linked to your TV. Once you put the Ocean Psalms CD-ROM in your computer or laptop CD drive, you are able to sit and watch, listen, read and meditate on one of the 31 segments in the four sections, Dawn, Midday, Evening and Dark. You can access the sections and segments through the main menu or the CD Map.

Conference February 2008

Posted by on 13 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: Conferences and Presentations

“Ocean Psalms” premiers at Yale Conference on Religious Environmentalism

From February 28th to March 2, Yale Divinity School hosted a multi-faith, interdisciplinary conference on religious environmentalism that attracted a host of activists, scholars, theologians, ministers, and artists from around the country.

Ocean Psalms, which had been published just days earlier, was a gift to every participant of this conference, thanks to the Institute of Sacred Music and its director, Prof. Martin Jean. The Institute of Sacred Music also made available its Great Hall on Saturday and Sunday for people to encounter the music, images, and texts of Ocean Psalms. The multimedia CD-ROM ran on a continuous loop on the big screen; the room itself having been transformed into a contemplative space, with many-colored cloths, sand, shells, candles, driftwood, and stones. Conference participants came to the Great Hall to be able to sit quietly, kneel amidst the shells and candles to pray, or simply to watch and listen to Ocean Psalms unfolding.

On Saturday afternoon, Teresa Berger and Lorna Collingridge both participated in a break-out session dedicated to “Water” and presented on Ocean Psalms.

Finally, the Sunday morning Eco-Service Harmonizing Hope included a blessing taken from Ocean Psalms, which the multi-faith congregation sang together. Lorna Collingridge, the composer of the blessing, led the congregation. Accompanying her on his alto saxophone was Grammy-award-winning musician Paul Winter. This “Ocean Blessing” proved a fitting and deeply moving conclusion to the Yale premier of Ocean Psalms.