Creativity and Art as a Spiritual Practice
By Jean Homrighausen, Director, Center for Creative Contemplation
The Center for Creative Contemplation (CCC) is Central Florida Presbytery’s newest new worshiping community (NWC). Directed by me, Jean Homrighausen, a candidate for ministry, I see a need for the PC(USA) to embrace the transformational power of contemplative practices and creativity and art in a person’s faith formation. Time and again, I have experienced the impact of centering prayer and other contemplative practices on my life. Creative response to spiritual practices addresses my hunger for a deep experience of the mystery of God. Here are 2 examples of how creativity as a spiritual practice helped me discern my call to create
“Life on a Porch”
by, Jean Homrighausen
While the black & white floor represents my uncomplicated childhood, my adulthood has been more colorful with the storm of divorce that has become a clearing for joy and hope in the future. And always the Gulf of Mexico remains a southern compass point on the horizon, providing a sort of physical guide that points the way.
“Abiding Image” Poetry assignment for
Spiritual Direction Training
By, Jean Homrighausen
I could live on a porch, I’ve often thought
Screen catching mosquitoes and sideways rain
With a sturdy cot under a whirring fan
Comfy chair, small table and lamp to read by
Crickets singing in the soft dusk light
Muffled laughter drifts by.
I’m perched on a porch, nature minus mess
In the world but not of it, seeing
in a mirror dimly through a veil of screen
Sipping cabernet like communion wine
Numbing life as it flits by.
Living on a porch, it turns out to be,
Is like an anchoress without a call
Reading a trashy novel, drinking martinis
Until there’s no more day left for regret.
Leaving the porch, it seems to me,
Is where the Spirit is nudging me.
The door creeks open. Baby steps.
Evidently, I’m no artist or poet, but as a child of God, I am a creative, as we all are. It’s the process that holds meaning.
The other example is from The other example is from Tara Dalles of Wekiva Presbyterian Church, “Poured Out" by Tara Dalles
Please join us for a 4-part series entitled, “Creativity and Art as a Spiritual Practice” at Maitland Presbyterian Church Thursday evenings, 6-7:30 pm:
Oct. 26 - “Mandalas & Poetry” with Jean Homrighausen
Nov. 2 – “Photography” with Cheryl Carson
Nov. 9 - “Watercolor” with Tara Dalles
Nov. 16 – “Kintsugi” with Helen Debevoise (Kintsugi is a Japanese art form that takes broken pottery and mends it with a lacquer mixed with metals, especially gold, making the scarred pottery even more beautiful than its original form).
Come to one or all of these sessions, but please sign up by the Tuesday before each session at by emailing Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org. Childcare is provided if needed.