Visio Divina : Concept & Practice
The 'Visio Divina : Concept & Practice' exhibition at www.ecva.org showcases
seven Episcopal communities across the United States where the visual arts
nurture people¹s spiritual lives:
- Christ Church Cathedral in St Louis
- The Shrinemont Center in the Diocese of Virginia
- Grace Episcopal Church in Lexington North Carolina
- The Philadelphia Cathedral
- Trinity Church Copley Square in the City of Boston
- St Paul¹s Episcopal Church in Macon Georgia
- St Mary the Virgin Times Square, NYC
³The Holy Spirit speaks many languages, among them the language of art in
all its forms.² With these words, Frank Tracy Griswold, 26th Presiding
Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church opens our understanding of what
the role of art in a life of faith might be, and what it might become.
Visio Divina has its roots in the classical method of contemplative reading
known as ŒLectio Divina¹. With its gentle pace, and quiet setting, the
practice of Lectio Divina opens scripture up for us, in such a way that we
might come into its very heart.
The Art and Soul Café at Christ Church Cathedral in St Louis uses visual
arts, music, poetry and dance to dissolve old barriers that have often
divided people of different faiths.
The Art and Soul Retreat at the Shrinemont Center in the Diocese of Virginia
nurtures the creative life through the visual arts in an annual week-long
retreat centered on worship and community.
The Artist-in-Residence program at the Philadelphia Cathedral brings
contemporary artists into the cathedral community, stretching the believer's
horizons, and challenging the faith community to think in new ways about old
truths and familiar stories.
The Faith and the Arts Committee of Grace Episcopal Church in Lexington
North Carolina involves artists, performers and musicians from other
churches in their community. There they are finding that as collaboration
with other congregations grows, so too does the experience of ecumenical
Faith on Tap at Trinity Church in the City of Boston is an ongoing program
that exposes young adults to important life topics, and provides in its
speakers concrete examples and testimonies to the translation of Christian
faith into Christian action.² In Spring 2006, awarding artist Bradford
Johnson was their featured speaker.
The Friends of Music and the Arts at St Paul¹s Episcopal Church in Macon
Georgia supports a host of programs, including the Midsummer Macon Summer
St Mary the Virgin Times Square has a Visual Arts Committee that sponsors
regular exhibitions and lectures in the parish hall, where guests of the
parish often find something to chat about, and a reason to linger.
The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts Visio Divina program is designed to
explore and identify the possibilities of spiritual formation as it is
revealed through the visual arts. And, to assist others in developing Visio
Divina programs by sharing program models and resources. A companion
exhibition offers in-depth documentation of the arts and spirituality
programs in 5 Episcopal parishes in the Diocese of Philadelphia, on view at
Contact: Mel Ahlborn, 925-631-1387, email@example.com