Pentecost: Spirit's Fire
Today, Christian churches celebrate Pentecost as the commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the twelve disciples and other followers of Jesus as described in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1–31. How perfect, then, was my delightful connection experience this week when a dear friend, Jim Wilson, sent me an article about his talented daughter, artist Brie Dodson, who is active with the Episcopal Church & Visual Arts (ECVA) organization. Among other things, she has curated one of their archived exhibits called “Spirit's Fire.” The graphic above, derived from digital art “Suspension in Spirit” by Jan Neal (and used with permission), is the cover image from this exhibit.
I love this organization's mission:
To encourage artists and organizations to engage the visual arts in the spiritual life of the church. ECVA values the significance of visual imagery in spiritual formation and the development of faith, and encourages those who are engaged in using the visual arts in spiritual life.
Envisioning the Divine Mystery
The spotlight today is on the visual imagery of those whose God-given talents allow them to create works that express the presence of God's Holy Spirit—a divine mystery and holy connection—in ways far beyond our ability to speak it.