Saturday May 7th, 2005

The House of the Redeemer
7 East 95th Street
New York, NY

It seems to me that next to Homo Faber and perhaps on the same level as Homo Sapiens, Homo Ludens, Man the Player, deserves a place in our nomenclature…[G]enius, pure play is one of the main bases for civilization.

--Johan Huizenqa

Play is the prerequisite for those forms of existence which strive toward a communion with the other, and finally for meeting with God.

--Gerhardus van der Lecuw

The creative playing of men is always a playing with something which, in turn, plays with the player. Man plays with the waves of the ocean and they play with him. He plays with colors, sounds, and words and becomes their playmate.

--Jiírgen Moltmann

They that in play can do the thing they would,
Having an instinct throned in reason's place
-And every perfect action hath the grace
Of indolence or thoughtless hardihood-
These are the best.

--Robert Bridges



9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m.
Welcome -- Orlanda Brugnola, President
Introduction of Theme -- Nelvin Vos

9:45 a.m.
Theology as Play
David L. Miller

11:00 a.m.
Poetry as Play
Mary Jean Irion

12:00 Noon
Introduction of New Fellows and Annual Meeting of the Society
Orlanda Brugnola

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m.
Drama as Play and Ritual
Nelvin Vos

2:30 p.m.
Music as Play
Mark Harvey and Ken Filiano

3:30 p.m.
Panel of Presenters and Conversation

4:15 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception
in honor of new Fellows

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Registration information:

Members/Fellows $55
Non-Members  $60; Students $15
Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and reception.
($5.00 extra at the door.)

To register
 please contact Charles Henderson
Tel: 212-870-2544

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From time to time the Board of Directors elects as Fellows individuals it identifies as having made a distinguished contribution to their respective fields. The list of Fellows elected over a period of nearly four decades thus exemplifies what the Society understands as the necessary and vital connections between art, religion and culture.

ARC Fellows


Winter 2005
Uncertainty Principles in the Atoms of Language

Fall 2004
Languages that Shape the Soul

Spring 2004
The Moving Image

Winter 2004
Religion and the Visual Arts

Fall 2003
Theology and Music

Spring 2003
Theology and Poetry:
Languages that Shape the Soul

Winter 2003
Tracing the Garden

Fall 2002
Drawing on the Human

Spring 2002
Alfred Barr and
the Religious Dimension of Modernism

Winter 2002
A Theology of Beauty

Fall 2001
Lifting the Veil

May 2001

February 2001
Performance and Symposium

November 2000
Illuminations & Transformations:
Cross-Cultural Spiritual Dynamics 
in Music, Text, Dance and Film

May 2000
Alternative Readings: 
Sacred Text Embodied in Visual Art

February 2000
The Meaning of Myth

November 1999
Myth, Ritual and the Mediation of Violence

May, 1999
Writers' Ways with Loving and Dying

February, 1999 
The Divine Image
Implications for a changing image of God.

October, 1998 
Uneasy Constellations of Meaning
Theological Perceptions and Visual Images in Sixteenth Century Europe &
The Religious Art of Andy Warhol

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May, 1998 Meeting
AYNI: The Andean Concept of Reciprocity

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Charles Henderson, Executive Director



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