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ARTS & ACADEMIA
Mahallia Ward Pollard
Since joining the Joffrey Ballet in 2011, Mahallia has danced significant roles in Gerald Arpino’s The Nutcracker, Wayne McGregor’s Infra, Twayla Tharp’s 9 Sinatra Songs, Jerome Robin’s Interplay, Christopher Whealdon’s After the Rain, and Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31. Other repertoire includes Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Kurt Jooss’s Green Table, Stanton Welch’s Son of a Chamber Symphony, Lar Lubovitch’s Othello, Nijinsky’s Sacre du Printemps, and Stanton Welch’s La Bayadere.
It's hard to say how Victor's life might have been different had he not joined Subud. He was 22 when he was opened to the latihan and is now 73. He can only say that Subud has been an integral part of his life for more than 50 years. Most important is the feeling that he is being guided by a higher power. It took him some time to find his path after he was opened but once he did, he garnered great satisfaction in his work as a professor of design history. Subud is an inclusive process that potentially embraces all human beings. As a Subud member, he believes that all human beings deserve the opportunity to develop their potential according to their true natures. Victor recently published a comprehensive "World History of Design" book series that was featured in the Chicago Tribune:
Barruch is retired from his original career as an M.D. Anesthesiologist, and now spends his time creating beautiful sculptures and wood carvings. He joined Subud originally in 1963 in Chicago and serves as the Chicago Committee vice chair.
"I believe that Subud is my quintessential spiritual resolution," he says.
Dana is a well known digital marketing executive, and enjoys all things internet and technology. She started doing internet marketing when the Web began in the 90s, first co-founding an agency and then a startup before moving to Chicago. She enjoys sailing, traveling and eating fine foods in the wonderful restaurant scene here. She first joined Subud in 2009 in San Diego, CA. "Subud has unlocked a significant amount of power and learning in my life," she says. "I like the fact that it's uniquely personal to me, and it's not a religion - I have not felt comfortable with any of the organized religious offerings out there. Subud gives me a framework for personal spiritual growth that is just between me and the universe."
Suharto was opened in 1973 in Vietnam. His story is an interesting one, including his exodus from that country in 1975 with the help of Subud. "When I left my country I had only my clothes on me and some pictures of my childhood," he says. "Subud has had a huge impact on my life. It makes me humble and thankful for everything that God gave me - all the things that I need for my life (my family, house, cars, education, jobs etc...) and it made me to learn to be patient. Subud is everything to me."