from the department of communication, harding university

Despite worship differences, Christ unites faithful followers across cultures
Written by Stephen H Goodale
FLORENCE, ITALY — I realized this past Sunday that Samuel J. Stone's words are ever-true. Jesus Christ is the head of the Church no matter where worship services take place. Harding students spent most of Sunday participating in a worship service and a potluck lunch at the Florence Church of Christ.

Click below to view a montage of the Florentine Church services.


Don't let Italians laugh at you: Learn the little things everyone seems to know but you
Written by Michelle Cascio

FLORENCE, ITALY — Before going to a foreign country, it is certainly important to learn things about the background and the cultural differences that will offend locals.


However, what about those little things that people don't think to tell, like how to flush the toilet? That might sound odd, but in Italy, it's not as clear cut as one might think.

Women celebrated in Florence
Written by Sammi Bjelland
Ladies across Florence experience a special treatment at least one day every year. March 8th is annual "Women's Day" for about 30 countries around the world. On this day men are expected to give ladies small gifts or flowers, like the yellow mimosa flowers Italians give their women.
This day is celebrated as a joyous occasion, although it's origins are less than pleasant. It began in 1909 with the start of the Socialist Party in America. Then in 1911, a clothing factory in New York City burned down and killed nearly 140 women working inside. This brought outrage across the country and world due to the poor conditions the women were exposed to.
After the tragedy women began to demand equal rights and "Women's Day" was also used to commemorate the death of those who were treated poorly in their work environments. The day started to die away until the 1960's with the feminist movement, when it made a come back.
Now "Women's Day" or "Festival of Women" is celebrated all over the world. In some countries the women use this day to enjoy their freedoms and accomplishments they have made. While in places, like Florence, the men show their appreciation for the ladies in their lives. They give them small gifts or flowers, yellow mimosas are used most often in Italy.
This day is sort of a cross between Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. The video below features Rosa, an Italian cook for the Bible School in Scandicci telling the story of how women's day was started.
Ladies across Florence experience a special treatment at least one day every year. March 8th is annual "Women's Day" for about 30 countries around the world. On this day men are expected to give ladies small gifts or flowers, like the yellow mimosa flowers Italians give their women.
Students discover Tuscany's religious culture
Written by Sarah J. Kyle and Grant Sloan

Church of Christ offers cultural crossroads to HUF students


When one thinks of Italian religion, it is easy to imagine Catholic cathedrals, the bellowing sound of organ music echoing throughout ceiling arches and the frescas dotted across flying buttresses.

 

However, for the students at Harding University i n Florence, their worship is something rather unique to Italian culture. Each Sunday, they gather underneath the handcrafted dome supported by Corinthian columns. There is no need for harsh fluorescent lighting, as sun streams down from eye of the dome.

 

Weather dampens photo scavenger hunt plans
Written by Stephen Goodale and Janet Orgain
ORVIETO, ITALY — Mother Nature graciously opened the skies for business Tuesday, changing the plans of others. The scene across much of central Italy was snow and ice-covered. Click the video below to view the scene from Orvieto, Italy.


How to have the ultimate day trip
Written by Penelope Cronk and Abby Kellett

FLORENCE, ITALY — Two Link reporters provide suggestions for planning a day trip in Florence.

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