Celebrating Creativity and Spirituality Through Art

I posted about this on FB, but I thought it was worth a blog post, in the event that not everybody saw that….

Tomorrow at church, instead of a sermon we’ll have a free-flowing conversation between four of us connected to both the arts and spirituality. We’re in the middle of a series on creation, and one of the clear ways that we human beings express our creativity is through the gift of art. So, who better to deliver the message that day, than artists?!

I’ll be pleased to be joined by three very gifted artists…

Joan Hogge, painter and visual artist.
Vicki Cheatwood, noted playwright and author.
Ron Bobbitt, composer and musician.

And, you might imagine, I’ll probably have a few things to say about the subject too.

Main questions for the day:
— How do each of you see the connection between art/creativity and faith/spirituality?
— Are there some specific ways you experience the connection?
— Do you believe everyone is creative? What can people to do find their own creative path?
— Are there specific rituals, places, practices that help you become more fully aware and creative?

To whet your appetite, here are some great quotes about art and spirituality from many artists in many times:

It’s a lot to cover in twenty minutes or less. 😉

So, I’m sure we won’t to get to all of it. But I have great respect for all three of these, and I look forward to the conversation that we’ll “create” together.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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