Poetry is an excellent means to enter into the awe and/or deep call of our faith. A certain poem from scripture or a favorite poet might make us stop in our tracks and know to our core: This is it! This is what it feels like to be alive! Awe makes a pathway to live in sacred space, closer to God, as it joins positive and negative.
Poet Christian Wiman has said, “Often my experience of faith is that it’s not a crutch. It’s quite the opposite, it’s calling me to something that I can’t quite live up to.” In that space, we can seek community and poetry for inner strength and growth.
This workshop will include sharing poetry, or particular passages of poetry or scripture which resonate with workshop participants and me. For those who wish, I invite you to send me poetry in advance to be shared. In addition, I will provide guidance, suggested structure and starting points for participants to created their own poetry during the session (or later), and conversation and experience of using poetry in worship, including psalms and hymns and more. Come and join in exploring the awe and truth of poetry.
If you attended this two years ago, there is always time and reason to encounter poetry again and again.
Presenter: The Rev. Elizabeth Ewing is a certified Daring Way Facilitator who has led Vestry and other small group workshops, appreciated even by the initially skeptical. Elizabeth also leads courses in Rising Strong, Brown’s follow up for those beginning to live bravely. https://episcopoet.wordpress.com/
Please register at: poetry and faith
There is no cost and once registered you will receive a Zoom link and password.
This workshop is part of our Summer Series: Workshops led by clergy and lay members from throughout the diocese and diocesan staff members. Visit CNY Summer Series to check out all the options!