Artis­tic min­is­ter uses creativ­ity to teach spir­i­tu­al­ity

Rev. Pet­ten hosts ‘Find­ing Your Way Home’ paint­ing re­treat

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial - BY THE REV. JEF­FREY PET­TEN

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.

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