Now open to the community! No cost. Tuesdays 1-3 pm Wednesdays noon--2:00 pm 2nd Saturday monthly 5:30--6:45 pm
Laura Foster is facilitating an open art studio this year for all folks to join!
Art is a safe way for people to explore their life and express themselves and is the common language between the secular and sacred. Creating Art with others has created an opportunity for people to build deep and lasting relationships with others. People have experienced transformation and healing.
The Open Art Studio open at times when people can come work on their solo or group based visual art. Laura Foster will be facilitating the space, ensuring people are supported in their art work.
Laura is an artist and student art therapist who is continuing to work here as she completes her practica and thesis for the Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality program, with a specialization in Art therapy, which she is taking through St. Stephen's College.
Silent Knitting Circle
2015 Sept 14 to Oct 19
Monday Nights, 7:30-8:30 pm, in the Sanctuary
Carve out some quiet, reflective time for yourself this fall! Knitters, crocheters, and fibre folk of all kinds are invited to meet in the Sanctuary for an hour of intentional silence while crafting together. A perfect opportunity to work on a prayer shawl, or any other meditative project you have on the go.
No registration necessary, feel free to drop in for as many sessions as you like.
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.