Artistic minister uses creativity to teach spirituality
Rev. Petten hosts ‘Finding Your Way Home’ painting retreat
The Parish of St. James’, Channel hosted a painting retreat on Sept. 23 entitled “Finding You Way Home.” It was led by The Rev. Ed Coleman and his wife Ruth who, outside of their parish ministry, are also artists — mixing creativity with spirituality.
The retreat was based on the premises that as we are part of creation, we too have the capacity to create.
The painting session was mixed with spiritual lessons, with Rev. Ed focusing his talks on Genesis 1: 1- 2: 4 — creation is all around us — and John 12 — knowing that we are home in God and that in God’s house there are many rooms; rooms in which we find our place of comfort, rooms where we are home the most. There are also rooms in which we feel uncomfortable because they are dark and in the darkness there is a feeling of uncertainty.
At the end of the day participants had completed two paintings, and a lesson in God and spirituality.
Front Row (left to right) are: Rev. Ed Coleman, Edwina Bateman, Lisa Brown, Deacon Faye Coffin, Elsie Coleman; middle row: Bernice Sheaves, Ruth Coleman, Edith Parsons, Phoebe Payne, Bessie Blackmore, Deacon Kay Osmond, Maggie Seymour, Deacon Jane Allen; and back row: Mabel Savery, Arlene Hollett, Wilma Lee Taylor, Faye Cousins, Ann Batemann, Rev. Jeffrey Petten, Joan Savoury, Judy Osmond, Wanda Lomond, Ethel Savery and Karen Simon. Absent from photo: Joanne O’Brien.