Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” - Thomas Merton

When most of think of creativity we think of people with specialized skills in the arts, but the truth is that each of us, just by being human, is intrinsically wired with a divine spark of creativity.  Sadly many of us have forgotten or lost this.  Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  For the next few weeks at our Sunday gatherings we'll beexploring the practical and theological implications of God's creativity.  Also, in addition to a theological reflection and conversation- each week we'll get the chance to experience creativity from a different local artist from within Oak Life or the community.  Below you'll find a schedule of artists and also some quote and further resources:

The Lost Art Artist Lineup:

October 2 Artist: Regina Evans, Poet, Abolitionist

October 2
Artist: Regina Evans, Poet, Abolitionist

October 9 Artist: Matthew Evearitt, Filmaker, Photographer

October 9
Artist: Matthew Evearitt, Filmaker, Photographer

October 16 Artist: Yiann, Chou, Songwriter

October 16
Artist: Yiann, Chou, Songwriter

October 23 Artist: Madisen Hunt, Visual Artist, Illustrator

October 23
Artist: Madisen Hunt, Visual Artist, Illustrator

Further Resources:

Misc Quotes:

-“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” -Vincent van Gogh
-“Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” C. S. Lewis
-“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton
-“When we study creativity or act creatively, we learn about God.” - Ken Wytsma
-“We are both works of art, and artists at work….
“To create is to be human.  To create is to fulfill our divine intention. To create is to reflect the image of God To create is an act of worship.
So who is an artists?  Anyone who has a soul.  What are the qualifications for being an artist?  You guessed it - having a soul.  And though we celebrate the way the artisan soul is expressed in those who bring artistry and beauty to the world….we have to realize that life itself is a work of art.” - Erwin McManus

Extra Biblical Sources:
Artisan Soul, Erwin McManus
Create vs. Copy, Ken Wytsma

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