WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"As a religious community, we are always seeking reflection," she says. "Where do we see "What is so stunning about the whole and seek God in this? How can we come closer to our relationship with God, the larger family experience is that the world seems so small of humanity, and with ourselves? This is the pinnacle of their religious education. It is about in these moments," she continues. "It offers finding out who we are called to be. We put judgments aside and make ourselves vulnerable. all of us, the kids in particular, an experience The kids just thrive in this." of what it is like to build community across large divides and how quickly that can happen when you approach it with open hearts and open minds." To prepare, the students learned what to expect when going into another culture; Dominicans wear pants, so their visitors wore pants, not shorts. But the biggest adjustment may have been Emslie's insistence on no electronics, no music through headphones. Not even on the long bus trip to Newark International Airport, the flight to the Caribbean, another three-and-a-half hour bus ride to their destination, and back. "I cannot overstate what an impact this We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 made on our trip," she says. "I had kids complain until we got on the bus. Why did I insist? All the social pressures that come with being a teenager can really bog them down. They're so plugged in. But when they have a 90

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