Creativity and Spirituality – Weekly Content

0 Posted by - February 6, 2017 - HC Questions

CREATIVITY AND SPIRITUALITY – PODCASTS – FEBRUARY 2017

This month’s conversation is based on the following weekly podcasts:

 

Week 1

At Sunday’s gathering we had a chance to look at What is creativity? What is spirituality? A an opportunity to do some of our own reflection by being creative.

This week we are listening to excerpts from The Liturgists.

Click here to download the podcast: Week 1 Podcast (left click to play, right click for downloading options)

 

Week 1 – Some House Church discussion topics:

What was your experience with the workshop you were involved in?

Is there a link between creative expression and spirituality? If so, what is it like for you? If not.. why not?

In the podcast, The Liturgists focused a lot on being more creative or what is most creative. How are you already creative? How could you be more creative?

Both Tim and Cam shared on Sunday that their art became more powerful when they made it others-centred. Discuss.

 

Week 2

This week we are listening to Elizabeth Gilbert from her Ted Talk on ‘Your elusive creative genius’.

Click here to download the podcast: Week 2 Podcast (left click to play, right click for downloading options)

 

Week 2 – Some House Church discussion topics:

Celebrated creators Ruth Stone, Tom Waits, and Elizabeth Gilbert all professed they found it helpful to view creative inspiration as something that was external to them.

Discuss the implications of seeing the creative process as a genius from the creator or the genius that comes to the creator?

How do you think do rational and logical thoughts relate to the creative process?

Have you ever experienced a moment of inspired ‘magical’ creation? A time which contrasted other times of creating, when things seem to flow out of you? Share.

 

Week 3

This week we are listening to excerpts from Kritsa Tippett’s interview with Elizabeth Gilbert from the podcast ‘On Being’ titled Choosing Curiosity Over Fear.

Click here to download the podcast: Week 3 Podcast (left click to play, right click for downloading options)

Note: I’ve edited this one down to grab the most relevant parts, but original interview has much more content to explore. Search for the ‘OnBeing with Krista Tippett’ podcast.

 

Week 3 – Some House Church discussion topics:

Last week we looked into the process of creating something. This week is centred around beginning that process. Curiosity over fear.

“Interesting people are interested people”. Do you agree?

If you could have all the time in the world, any resources at your disposal, what would you create? And would you create more then you do now?

What stops you from choosing to do more creating?

What stops you from sharing what you have created?

Are you creating for yourself or for others?

 

Week 4

This weeks podcast is titled ‘Creation and the Spirit’. We have spent the last few weeks looking at creating things ourselves, from the beginning curiosity to being more creative in creating. We explored ideas about how creativity comes to people, and the links between creativity and deeper things. This week we will explore an art based biblical perspective.

The author Calvin G. Seerveld is a philosophy and literature professor who attempts to bring a sense of biblical wisdom to bear upon aesthetics by examining play and imagination as well as special studies on the historical developments of aesthetics and art in society.

The environment we live in is full of creative process. One constant is change, change which is a process of creation and decay.  We are listening this week to excerpts from the book ‘Rainbows For The Fallen World‘. Seerveld offers comments on the creation story and the creative process is highlighted in the environment. It’s his view that God’s mandate is for humans to keep creating and participating in the creative process we exist in, and that this very intention says much about God’s character.

Click here to download the podcast: Week 4 Podcast (left click to play, right click for downloading options)

 

Week 4 – Some House Church discussion topics:

Seerveld calls his argument a “spiritual” one, that the Scriptures have a vision for art as a “battlefield and a playground”, a calling for Christian activity.

Obviously art isn’t exclusively a Christian practice, but how does the biblical view of Creation and declarations such as Psalm 104 give a vision for art and our creative expression?

What do you think this says about the character of God?

Seerveld challenges us to see “through the eyes of a child”. Have you ever been struck by the beauty and complexity our natural environment?

Do you think following Jesus changes the way someone approaches creativity?