The 4th annual summer weekend for women of the diocese was held at St. John’s, Farmington on June 10-11. Two dozen women, representing 6 congregations (!), came together to explore how, in the words of Madeline L'Engle “we were made to be co-creators with our maker." (from Walking on Water) We also considered the ideas of Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich and explored creativity through the words of Vida Dutton Scudder who said, “It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.”
Our opening activity was making a mandala representing what we thought of as 'creativity' or 'co-creating'. It grew so big that it extended beyond the poster board and became more of a collage than mandala.
Over the weekend participants experienced making icons using their own photo as a reminder that we are in the image of and therefore icons of God to the world. (Several of the women are pictured.) Some attendees were extra creative with their images and made icons using magazine pics (including one of a dog, which I didn't get a separate photo of, although you can see it below).
We also explored the idea of Scriptural/Spiritual Scrapbooking by looking at the story of Abigail in II Samuel. Along with the guided activities, attendees had time to sit in the church, make sun-catchers, or just color images provided.
The final activity was to choose a packet of beads, share some with one or more others, and then make a bracelet. The result was a ‘hands across the diocese’ image of women committed to living their God-given creativity in whatever form that takes. As co-creators with God we can sing, dance, paint, AND/or we can make a welcoming home, provide a space (physical and spiritual) for our family to grow, work for social justice, bake, sew, pray.., The list is endless and diverse because "humankind, full of all creative possibilities is God's work. Humankind alone is called to assist God. Humankind is called to co-create. With natures help, humankind can set into creation all that is necessary and life sustaining". (Hildegard of Bingen)
Attendees came away with a deeper understanding that “Creativity is a way of living life, no matter what our vocation, or how we earn our living.” (Madeline L’Engle, Walking on Water) More pictures on the photo page of this blog, including our canine guest.
The next event is our 5th Annual Bosque Center Gathering on November 18-19. This will be an opportunity for fellowship, worship, and delving into YOU…Yearning, Owning, Understanding the Puzzle Pieces of your Life. Because God is active in our lives, we all have Yearnings. Some of these have come to fullness, others have not. We must Own and recognize where we are on our journey. This will help us Understand how everything that happens is part of the Puzzle of our life. Tools we use to put together the puzzle include learning practical, prayerful, and personal ways to use the Bible and Book of Common Prayer. Registrations for this event will be available here later this year.