Creativity and Ministry

Start Date
16th September 2019 6:15 pm
End Date
18th September 2019 2:00 pm


Course Details

Creativity is not just about creating wonderful, imaginative ‘things’, such as art pieces; it’s about who we are and about how we contribute to the world – whatever this might be. How can we clear the space within so that creativity can flourish? How can we release it? How do we get inspiration and the confidence to use it? How can we make our brains work to forge new ideas, new connections? How might creativity be linked to ministry? How can spirit move us in the silence to release our creativity and allow it to contribute to and shape our ministry?

Our creativity meets the world in many different ways, but often we are too shy to use it as fully as we might and this might limit it and affect our ministry or action in the world. Ministry can mean different things for different people: speaking aloud in Meeting, helping someone in need, preparing a delicious dish for bring-and-share lunch, shaping a spirit-led minute in Business Meeting and many other examples. Please bring something that you have created to the course, to share with others on the first evening.

On this course we will use the playful creation of simple objects from the physical world to help us free up our natural urge to create and to consider how our ministry can be enriched by this process.  We will be using a mixture of craft and natural materials, and the last session of the course will be the creating of ‘garden installations’ and flower arrangements in the main house, as our ministry to Woodbrooke.

Floe Shakespeare has been a Quaker for nearly fifty years, has facilitated groups in different contexts and has a longstanding interest in creativity in all its forms.

Joanna Godfrey Wood is a lifelong Friend, particularly interested in facilitating study groups and developing spirit through creativity.

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