Journal

Series: Arts and Formation

“For the Beauty of the Earth”

“For the Beauty of the Earth”

In this “Space for God: Beauty” devotional, Drew Masterson (Coracle Dir. of Comms & Development) draws us into an immersive encounter with the classic hymn, “For the Beauty of the Earth.”  By walking through a few different musical...
“Beauty as Battle Plan” with Lori Smith

“Beauty as Battle Plan” with Lori Smith

In this “Space for God: Beauty” devotional, Lori Smith (author and teacher) shares how she came to better appreciate the beauty of the Lord’s creation after taking up watercolor during a season of extended suffering from Lyme disease.  She came to...
7 Days of Praying with the Artists

7 Days of Praying with the Artists

Every Tuesday morning from 8:30-9 AM (ET), we offer “Space for God”– a time to meet with and be met by God through a guided time of reflection and prayer.  Over the weeks, the archive of recordings from this rich time together has grown into a terrific...
Praying with St. Brendan

Praying with St. Brendan

In this “Space for God” devotional, Dr. Scott Buresh (Coracle’s Baltimore Community Minister) guides us through a short visio divina exercise using a painting of the Celtic Saint Brendan the Navigator.  He also weaves in the biblical story of Jesus...
“Beauty in Brokenness”

“Beauty in Brokenness”

In this “Space for God” devotional, Sarah Kohrs (Dir. of Corhaven Graveyard) guides us through a meditation on finding beauty in brokenness.  She draws upon the cross-cultural tradition of artfully binding broken pottery to draw us into God’s...
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...