This fall, Christ Church Senior Associate Rector, the Rev. Ann Gillespie,* will conduct The Artist’s Way: a Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, a 12-week course in discovering and recovering your creative self, using the principles, practices, and guidelines articulated in the book by Julia Cameron of the same title. The course will explore contemplative creativity through the arts for the sake of deepening connection to God.

“In the beginning, God created …” (Genesis 1:1)

Creativity and the arts have always been conduits to the divine for many people. Using the principles, practices, and guidelines articulated in the book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron, anyone who is interested will explore their own contemplative creativity as individuals in one or more small-group settings, depending on numbers. Cameron says, “God is an artist. And so are we.” She believes that creativity is a fact of your spiritual body and nothing that you must invent.

By creating pathways in your consciousness through which the creative forces can operate, a deeper connection to the divine is felt and transformation occurs.

Rev. Gillespie explained, “Developing these tools of contemplative creativity will help us to better tap into God’s grace, creativity, and wisdom, to listen for where the Spirit is leading us. In this time of transition, it is imperative that as a parish we identify and fan the creative spark necessary for reinvention. I look forward to facilitating this creative exploration...”

There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church in the Teen Center of the Fowler House. Small groups will then be formed and continue every Wednesday, September 17 (excepting the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving) through December 10.

The course is free and open to the public, with sign-up preference given to parishioners.

*The Rev. Ann Gillespie is clergy director for the planning and vision of worship and music at historic Christ Church in Alexandria. She also oversees the management of pastoral ministries. Ann brings to parish ministry a 20-year career as an actress in television and theater and 12 years as a yoga teacher.

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