Journal

Series: Arts and Formation

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

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...
“Gifts” – A Poem by Ann Bodling

“Gifts” – A Poem by Ann Bodling

by Ann Bodling, Coracle Spiritual Director In this strange, disorienting, sometimes-hopeful sometimes-fearful, sometimes-sad time, I can forget. The gifts are here, as always. The Presence of God is here, as always. To recognize them I need to notice, as always. And...
Why We Return to Beloved Stories

Why We Return to Beloved Stories

In this “Simple Soundings” reflection, Drew Masterson shares why we return to familiar stories even when we already know what will happen.  He ends with a poem from Richard Wilbur, “The Reader.”Explore Other “Simple Soundings”...
A Visible Presence

A Visible Presence

How might we, as Christians, be a visible presence to the communities where we live?  Aside from checking on our neighbors, family, and friends, what might we do to share the love of Jesus with others?  As followers of Jesus, we are people of HOPE!  We have good news...
Why Coracle Takes Stories Seriously

Why Coracle Takes Stories Seriously

At Coracle, we aim “to inspire and enable people to be the presence of God in the brokenness of the world through Spiritual Formation for Kingdom Action.” With that mission clearly stated, it is fair to wonder why we would choose to gather once a month to discuss a...

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