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 is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) 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, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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