Journal

Series: Arts and Formation

The Spiritual Art of Baking

The Spiritual Art of Baking

We are very grateful to feature this piece by our good friend Laura Mastroianni.  Laura is a 2017 Coracle Fellowship Alumna, a regular at Coracle Community Gatherings, and a part of the launch team for the Coracle Fellowship in Baltimore, where she shares her...
“Art Break” with Jan Haugen

“Art Break” with Jan Haugen

In this “Space for God: Beauty” long-time docent at the National Gallery of Art, Jan Haugen, guides us through a practice of gratitude using the story and colorful artwork of African-American artist, Alma Thomas, for inspiration.Click Here for more on Alma...
“Beauty in Prayer”

“Beauty in Prayer”

In this “Space for God” devotional, Rev. Mary Gardner guides us through a contemplative encounter with artistic depictions of prayer, paired with helpful prompts to spark our own prayer. We hope it will be a blessing to you as you pray with your mind,...
Encounters with Beauty

Encounters with Beauty

In this Collection, we will be assembling reflections, devotionals, and other resources intended 1) to help us grow in our ability to behold the beauty always around us, and 2) to offer opportunities for direct encounters with beauty– whether through art, creation, or...
“Winter Beauty”

“Winter Beauty”

In this “Space for God” devotional, Rev. Bill Haley also makes space for beauty.  In particular, he invites us into a contemplative stroll through music, poetry, and natural beauty woven together by the theme of Winter.  We hope it is a blessing and a...
Stories of Perseverance

Stories of Perseverance

In this “Space for God” devotional, Rev. Mary Amendolia Gardner introduces us to the life of Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, a renowned African-American artist from the turn of the 20th Century who faced many obstacles and tragedies throughout her long life, but...
The Secret of Seeing

The Secret of Seeing

In the mid 1990’s, you may recall, “Magic Eye” optical illusion books swept the nation featuring graphics (autostereograms) that, if seen correctly, would reveal a 3D shape or picture.  Not for lack of trying, those 3D images never appeared to me.  I would sit and...
4 Films for Advent

4 Films for Advent

The Advent Season presents us with the invitation to slow down, to shear away the clutter and noise of our lives enough to dwell on some of the richest themes in human existence.  We can observe how these themes play out in the grand drama of Scripture, as well as in...
Holy Imagination

Holy Imagination

by Lan-Vy Ngo   I walk until I reach the bench I love and sit down.  Relaxing against it, I feel completely at peace.  Before me is the Rhone Valley of Switzerland, a breathtaking expanse of green plains, spruce trees, and wooden chalets spread out before the...