Starting in January 2014, Robertson-Wesley United Church (RWUC) through the Spiritual Arts Collective Program will host 3 new collectives, each one with a different artist from the artist-in-residence program. The spiritual arts collective is a pilot project at RWUC where community members gather to create something as a collective. Each individual brings with them different talents which together help shape the collective. Led by a chosen artist, they will embark on a 2 month journey to create an artistic project surrounding the theme.
Why a Spiritual Arts Collective?
Our hope is that when the collective meets, they will explore a life forming and/or spiritual question or theme and this will enable the group to create something that can be shared with others. It would be up to the group to determine where they will share their creation: at a community event, a stand-alone creation in a public space, or a Sunday morning or alternative worship time. We want to provide an empowering and safe place for participants to share their spiritual journey through any of the arts including visual arts, drama, dance, music, writing, community initiatives or political commentaries. The collective process has the power to create strong relationships and build trust.
God's Spirit at Work
In the United Church one of our statements of faith says, "We believe in God who has created and is creating, who works in us and others by the Spirit." The collective process builds deep relationships and would be an accessible way for people to express themselves and see God's spirit at work.
Arts and Spirituality
Creating and appreciating beauty in our midst is one of the things that draws people together. In her article The Relationship Between Spirituality and Artistic Expression: Cultivating the Capacity for Imagining, author Christine Valters Paintner, says "In art-making we have the freedom to reclaim our feelings, voice, and truth and give meaningful expression to our commitments, values, and ideas." We see our role at Robertson-Wesley United Church as enabling this kind of artistic creation that can shape people's lives, help them reflect on their stories, and project who we are today as we continue to grow together in hope.
There will be no monetary cost to the participants of the spiritual arts collective. The only participant cost is the commitment that you bring to the collective process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be an artist to be a part of the Spiritual Arts Collective?
No, this is your opportunity to try a variety of artistic methods and see what you like to do. All you have to be is willing to try!
Do I have to be or become a member of the church?
No, this is open to anyone who is interested with no strings attached. It doesn't matter how old or young you are, it doesn't matter if you are religious or not, all we ask is that you come with an open mind and heart. Bring your questions, your stories and your passion and be willing to share these respectfully with others.
Does this cost money?
No, all we ask is your commitment to engaged the process and share your energy with others.
Please see the Gathering Workshop dates for each Collective.
To register for a collective, please click on the link below to access our on-line registration form.