What's going on in this picture?
- What more can we find?
- The process reminded me of text-based Bible studies I had done in InterVarsity in college. It was a similar set-up-- people gathered around naked copies of Biblical passages, everyone armed with colored pencils, highlighters and an open mind. Of my many, many years of Bible studies, these are the ones that I remember most fondly. It was very democratic and fun. People spoke, scribbled, politely disagreed and I learned a lot about the people around me and I saw the text with fresh eyes.
- Even though I didn't share, I was very engaged. I found myself wishing church could be so good. Church has all the ingredients-- willing participants, art and/or text (mostly text, but hey, there's a lot of church art out there) and someone to lead it. Are there churches like this? I have never been to one.
- I was having spiritual feelings. "Spiritual" is hard to define, but for my purposes it means "transcendent, numinous, making the intangible accessible". There's a communal aspect to it, also. Like the enjoyment of a good meal with friends.
- I was reminded how much I love art. Art in museums, art in the classroom, art on the streets and sidewalks, art in people's homes, art in nature, art in the 'nets. Art is engagement in community, in spirituality, in world-expanding.