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6 The Message M for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Shield "nst evil Global ethic expo seeks unity By ANN M. ENNIS Special to the Message The World is in agony. Peace eludes us. But this need not be. Thus begins the Declaration Toward a Global Ethic present- ed by the Parliament of the World's Religions in 1993. The Parliament's message was that unity of ethics can bring peace to the world. In that spirit of unity, Holy Angels Church, New Harmony, recently hosted an artistic study of the Global Ethic: The Global Ethic Expo. An exciting collection of more than 55 works of art by local, regional and national artists anchored the nine-day event. Father Earl Rohleder, pastor of Holy Angels, attended the Par- liament of World's Religions conference five years ago and came away deeply affected. Father Rohleder pondered the effect art could have in promot- ing the ideal of a global ethic. His interest sparked a fire in a handful of friends. And a dinner table discussion became a won- drous display of art for the sake of peace. Joined by Nelia Kimbrough, David Wells, Missie Carrigan, Daniel Knight and Janet Lorence, Father Rohleder wanted to sup- port the Declaration; to. show the need for a foundation for peace, and to recognize the value of art in expressing ideals not yet fully understood. "Others across the country have told us that this is really a cutting edge spiritual project," he said. As a universal church, the Catholic Church is a good study in setting up a common global ethic. Multi-national, intercul- tural, all embracing, the Church has had to work toward unity for all its history. "Catholics are called to be a world religious family and so from that world view we have been rubbing elbows with folks of other religious in the world family," Father Rohleder said. "The Church has come to appre- ciate that other religions' ethics are very similar to our own. Even more, in recent times we have become aware and attuned to the need to declare this uni- versal ethic as a formal Global Ethic so that each of us can have even better appreciation for our personal ethics." Many of the artists joining the Expo are members of a Catholic religious community, Bene- dictines, Ursulines, and Daugh- ters of Charity. With two pieces in the display, Daughter of Charity Sister Mary Polvtanovich, said, "The Holy Spirit works toward unity and when we work toward peace and unity, we do the Holy Spir- it's work in the world." Her paper collage "They Come Together" proved a compelling comment on religious unity, as did her wood and metal sculp- ture "Shield Against Evil." Sister Polvtanovich is a Provin- cial Councilor for the Daughters of Charity. L i:! ...... ii i ,i , .... ii :' :iii i  i 7 !( ilill :ili /i i :I 'i'i  i'i:il i )i!i  i  iiii.!!! ',i i  : ! !: i i - :!i :i ! ,i  i  A wood and metal sculpture, "Shield Against Evil," by Daughter of Charity Sister tanovich, incorporates many levels of religious symbolism. -- Message photo I When he started talking about art in the parish hall, and sculp- ture in the driveway, parish- ioners may have initially thought it all a little weird, Father Rohled- er said. But the parish has been completely supportive through- out the event. "We have all been surprised here at Holy Angels by the ener- gy of the exhibit, and of the artists and of the visitors." An opening night crowd filled the hall and a steady stream of visi- tors were in the building during most of its daily opening hours. It was a lightning-like exam- ple of directed energy. Of her work "Enlightenment" local artist Eileen Biagi wrote, "We speak of thd Dark Ages and the Age of express the huma periods of history.: religions j, mon basic ethics is a small, but t revolution, a new ing and a light. darkness. Anyone al Ethic Expo but ed in finding ways to apply to the work global ethic may Rohleder at Holy (812) 682-4224. Living His A radio Bible teaching Dr. Ann Gries WVHI-- 1330 Mon. - Fri., 11:45 to Mon. - Sat., 5 p.m. "your word is a p to my feet and a (ig[it Psalm 119:105 Father Earl Rohleder speaks to the audience at the opening of the Global Ethic Expo. The artwork behind him is "Harmony" by Cecile Anne Broz. Message photo by Ann Ennis i i i COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto! Home! Fire & Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. AgencY Inc. 1.5 W. Franklin Street ...... 425-3187 iii i i iiii i i _ | ii i ,b (812)254-2641 SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Washington 5OO Main St., Petenaarg i ii Kempf00 DONg'r BANK. 2128 FIt Ave .................. 426-2311 5 N. G,een River Rd ............. 4T)--0511 1031 Diamond Ave ............. 42/0011 210 N, St |h Ave ............ 426-1011 1950 Washmgmo Ave ........... 477-2711 Mo-Sat. 5 am-8 pro. Sun. 5 am-1 pm "So right on BA