Art As Worship
This program is designed for those interested in experiencing worship through art and leading others in this experience. The experience provides immersion in spiritual formation using various art medians as the means to develop a deeper relationship with God. Forms of art will include fine arts, drama, writing, and music in community with others who desire the same deepening experience.
The Art as Worship program currently has two options from which participants can choose:
The certificate program includes two weekend residential retreats (Thursday afternoon through Sunday morning) that provide immersion in spiritual formation using various art mediums as the means to develop a deeper relationship with God. Forms of art will include fine arts, drama, writing and music in community with others who desire the same deepening experience.
Those interested in the experience of an individual residency are welcome to attend the initial residency (fall residency). Participants in an individual residency would not be illegible for the certificate that is received at the completion of the spring residency, but will participate in all experiences of the fall residency (including required readings).
I'm thrilled that we are able to offer this latest program--Art as Worship. We are located in one of the most creative cities in the nation and it makes sense that we focus on the manner in which creativity can turn our attention to the Creator. Art, in its many forms, gives us the opportunity to pray and worship with our whole being--mind, heart, body, and soul. It is a means of incarnational living that goes beyond our speech and actions and through both the process and product of creation, we bring glory to God as we live out this beauty.
|Sacred scripture is full of examples of artists offering their creative skills in acts of worship. Basket weavers, musicians, silversmiths, poets, wood carvers, dancers, authors, masons, seamstresses, weavers of linen, dyers of wool, the list goes on. A heart and soul connection occurs and we sense the presence of God in a unique way. Creative expression opens space in our souls to receive more of God. The doors of possibility are opened wide with Art As Worship by redefining beauty in the Christian context.
- Lisa Durr, program co-director
|My way of being human is to anoint commonplace things with my unique touch of beauty. I may write, paint, play a musical instrument, or carve a carrot on the top of my cilantro in Thai soup! All of these are art! Art was never meant to curated behind the closed doors of museums...Every person has a vocation to touch what is broken and restore it, to mend what is ugly and call forth its name and its beauty...We all are lovely in limbs dedicated to creativity and eyes looking to see the gospel in all created things.
- Nita Andrews, Artist in Residence
|I believe we create in imitation of the Creator. As a teacher of writing, and as a writer, I have been intrigued by the sacredness inherent in the art of writing. To write has long held aspects of holiness. The art of writing can also be an act of communion, gathering people together around a text so that they can share a common act of response, reflection, and creation. In writing we can often see our soul, or that of another, as we imagine other realities made of words.
- Dr. Robbie Pinter, Artist in Residence