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I spent last weekend in Abbey of Our Lady of Koningshoeven in Berkel-Enschot. It was a reunion of all the A Stranger in the Monastery-weekends so far. Within the hospitality of the brethren Cistercian order we explored the theme silence and celebrated the Liturgy of the Hours with them; 6 times a day between 4:30 and 19:30. A powerful and inspirational experience.

Below a PhotoSphere taken from the Abby gardens.
http://www.koningshoeven.nl/en/
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bedankt had de link nog niet bekeken
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It's my birthday tomorrow, so you should all watch this commercial we did for a local cinema here in our home town.
This will be your gift to me, watching this and subscribing.
BUT, if you hate me, then you'll hate it... and I'm kinda cool with that, so it's completely up to you.
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Virtual Ownership: Two Shelves of Mediocre Films, Tucked Away

Virtual ownership makes it no longer necessary to own stuff. But why can't we quite let go of our film collection?

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#MondayBlogday   #VirtualOwnership  #Virtual #Ownership #film  #music
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This  #MondayBlogday  I'm introducing a new concept on http://gauwain.eu: #FridayStoryDay!

Every Friday I will post a short story, or create a character with +Rory's Story Cubes. Want to join in with this weeks roll? Let me know!

Below my opening story: Dan
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No more excuse to be stressed!

Studies show that this tune lowers your anxiety rating while doing a complex task to 35% below your usual resting state.

Read all about it on my new blog: http://gauwain.nl/en/most-relaxing-tune-ever-recorded/

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#MondayBlogday   #Stress   #Relaxing   #Tune   #Track  #Anxiety
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Ben benieuwd of die in de sample zaten!
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*Torture is a thing of the past! *
What? Why?
Read about it in the short film scene linked below.

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#Torture #TMS #interrogation   #film  #MondayBlogday
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Ja! Was lekker
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Like #games  ?
Like #theology ?

Then don't miss out on this #symposium!
 
The gaming industry has recently surpassed Hollywood both in quantity and in revenues. In 2013 ‘Silicon Valley’ generated revenues of $ 93 billion, a 17.7% increase on the amount earned in 2012. Video gaming is everywhere: from consoles via smart phones…
The gaming industry has recently surpassed Hollywood both in quantity and in revenues. In 2013 ‘Silicon Valley’ generated revenues of $ 93 billion, a 17.7% increase on the amount earned in 2012. Vi...
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Time, the Beat of Life. How Each Passes Quicker than the Last

Old people often say time flies. They should know, as they have seen so much of it. But do you remember when you were young, and the summer seemed to last forever? They can’t both be right, can they? Well imagine this. When you’re five years old, one year is 20% of your life, when you’re 80 it’s only 1,25%.

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Gaaf! Die kende ik nog niet. Dank je.
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The brain-scientist that had a stroke: “And the next thing my brain says to me is, ‘Wow! This is so cool.’ (Laughter) ‘This is so cool! How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out?’ (Laughter)”

The brain-scientist that had a stroke. She studied her experience and claims to have found Nirvana. What does that say about left- and right-brain approaches of religion?
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Did you know that this year, Islamic Festival of Sacrifice (Id al-Adha) is celebrated on the same day as World Animal Day ( Saint Francis Day)?

Today I launched my Interreligious Holiday App on my website. Give it a look, it gives you 259 reasons to celebrate!
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Horror and Syria: Death Never Has the Final Word

Earlier this week +Nieuwwij published an article by Marianne van Waterschoot about citizen journalism in the conflict of Syria. Syrians film their own death. These images are then uploaded to YouTube. The Libanese artist Mroué exposes a selection of these images in Amsterdam.

Van Waterschoot wonders what these images do with someone who has never seen war. She writes that an uneasy feeling emerges from the direct cry for help. She doubts whether this exposition is politics or art. She also connects it to horror. With that she creates an uneasy connection that I couldn’t leave unchallenged.

Read on at: http://gauwain.nl/en/horror-and-syria/

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Brian, I could analyse the film above, break it down and correct where it is wrong and provide counter-arguments where needed. I will not however, it takes a great deal of time and will ultimately fail to convince you. You have chosen a position in this debate and have, judging by the articles you share on Google+ probably done considerable research on the topic.

That does not take away that I vehemently disagree with you about said standpoint; that I think this film is targeting our fears and our latent desire to have an 'enemy'. Everything in the video you linked  to is directly aimed at convincing the viewer they have an enemy without knowing it and they should fear him. The video is so strongly argumentative, simplified and incomplete that I cannot and will not do anything except taking notice of its existence and relay the debate to where it should be: people.

I am okay to have a conversation with you or anyone about muslims. I refuse, flat out and downright to converse about islam at large. Our starting points, the foundation of our arguments are so vastly different that we will never reach agreement and will only create animosity about the subject that doesn't ring close to my heart. (I would like to prevent this animosity between you and me so we can, as online acquaintances, continue our Changeling experiment). That does not take away that I know that atrocities are committed in the name is islam by a select few with a specific agenda. Of course I think people that commit atrocities should be tried and punished according to local laws and customs. But to declare an very large amount of people the enemy because of a few (deeply) rotten apples is, in my mind, wrong. Very very wrong.

If you're willing, I am, as said, willing to divert the topic to muslims, the people that have found hope and peace in the teachings of islam, in the Qur'an, Sunnah, Law Schools, etc. I think, ultimately, it is about people making choices and basing those choices in a set of values and beliefs.

I have the honour of knowing a couple of them. I have gotten to know them as a voice of reason and people I can go to with questions about their choices and beliefs. "I saw you making this decision. Could you tell me more about the motivations behind it? I'm curious!"

Never yet have I been refused an honest answer. You should try it.
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Scholar of Religion, Social Media professional.
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Religious Studies Professional | Passionate about Religion, Film, Youth and Social Media | International website: gauwain.eu | Dutch website: gauwain.nl
Introduction
Hi there!
I think it's great you took the time to delve into my profile page. So, who am I?

Highlights
I'm majored in Religious Studies (MA), looking for an opportunity to spread my wings. I'm passionate about social media, religion, youth and film. If you're curious to know why, see below.

Work
I recently graduated my MA (Religious Studies) and I'm looking to join a PhD programme. Also, I'm building up my own company, Gauwain, where I connect religious institutions to social media. 
  • If you want to know more about Gauwain visit my international site gauwain.eu or my Dutch site gauwain.nl.
  • Feel free to +mention me here Google+ for questions
Social Media
Social Media are a very powerful tool to connect. I wrote an extensive blogpost about how religious institutions can use social media. It turns out they are more easy to use than you would think. You already have all the skills you need. The fact that you're reading this, proves that. 
Religion
Religion is my object of study and one of my passions. Religious beliefs are a very powerful motivator of the great majority of the world's population, how can one not want to understand that?

Youth
Every year, I staff a summer camp of (lightly game-addicted) adolescents. With my staff we try to let the games they know come to life in the woodlands of the Netherlands. Adolescents are powerful people, aspiring to grow, always changing and very very idealistic. How I wish I could have kept that idealism fully alive! If you don't work with young people, you have no clue how inspiring they can be!

Film
Films and movies tell stories. Man is made of stories. They move us and shake us. I wrote two theses on film. My MA-thesis (in Dutch) is available at gauwain.nl/kijk.

Bragging rights
I graduated my MA cum laude, won the 2nd prize in the Leo Polak Thesis-Award 2012.
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