2010-2011 Lectures

"It is true of all of us, whatever our work, that we are artists so long as we are alive to the concreteness of the moment and do not use it to some other purpose.”

M. C. Richards

The Way of the Artist: Pendle Hill Speaker Series, 2010-2011

"The Way of the Artist” series included ten Quakers who have followed a deep call to the creative life and discovered the power of the arts for prayer, spiritual practice, healing, teaching, building community, and creating social change. Each speaker shared a sampling of his or her creative work and addressed connections between the arts and the life of the Spirit.



Fruits of the Spirit, the Joy of Teaching
The Way of the Artist
Written by Sharon Gunther   
Tuesday, 12 October 2010 09:14

7:30-9pm in the Barn.

Sharon Gunther Photographer and teacher Sharon Gunther will share 
her experience of over 38 years as a freelance photographer, and the uprising spirit of joy and delight that teaching photography has blessed her with.

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Keeping the Channel Open
The Way of the Artist
Written by La Verne Shelton   
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 09:14

7:30-9pm in the Barn.

La Verne Shelton Philosopher, musician, essayist, and poet, La Verne Shelton will tell the story of the growth of her rhapsodic relationship to poetry and photography since 2003, when a long poem was first given to her full-blown during silent worship.

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Music as Prayer for the World
The Way of the Artist
Written by Ben Tousley   
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 09:14

7:30-9pm in the Barn.

Ben Tousley Folksinger and chaplain Ben Tousley will offer songs and stories illuminating how the source of prayer and the source of music are one, rising from the heart of Creation and the rhythms of our everyday lives.

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Lessons from the Inward Teacher: Telling and Hearing our Spiritual Stories, Singing our Song
The Way of the Artist
Written by Lucy Duncan   
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 09:14

Lucy Duncan Lucy will tell stories of the deep listening process she uses to teach storytelling and of the transformation that can come by being willing to tell such tender stories in community, and be fully, deeply heard.

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Photography as Mystical Transformation
The Way of the Artist
Written by Blair Seitz   
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 09:14

Blair Seitz Blair’s career has ventured from
 photojournalism in Africa and Asia to Pennsylvania landscape and garden photography. Currently, reborn as an art photographer with concern about Earth's survival, he practices meditation and art as a means of transforming from a
 Western mindset to a mystical encounter with God and creation as Oneness.

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Arts as Infused Mystical Spirituality
The Way of the Artist
Written by Jennifer Elam   
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 09:14

Jennifer Elam "The Creator is calling us to wake up and listen, is calling loudly. Creativity is my connection with my creator; my listening mode; the seed; the taproot; the beginning; the life support; the transcendent; my mystical spirituality made manifest."

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Writing Mindfully: Exploring the Sacred Ordinary in Story and Song
The Way of the Artist
Written by Carrie Newcomer   
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 09:14

Carrie Newcomer Carrie will discuss her own progression as a spiritual musician and songwriter, the influence of sacred texts and the mystic poets, and how most authentic calls eventually lead to calls to service. She will 
discuss the importance of developing a practice, finding unique voice, and the power of story to make connections and build bridges.

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Biggering the Cup
The Way of the Artist
Written by Zan Lombardo   
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 09:14

Zan Lombardo Zan is a teacher of spiritually led artistic practice,
where art is made in service to life and artistic behavior is a path to 
fulfillment. Her experience is that this Creation causes her cup to
overflow, requiring her to continuously 'bigger her cup.'

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Writing as a Path to Spirit
The Way of the Artist
Written by Iris Graville   
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 09:14

Iris Graville In 2009 Iris self-published her first book, Hands at Work—Portraits and Profiles of People Who Work with Their Hands, and is now writing a spiritual memoir.   She will discuss writing as a path to Spirit by posing queries, reflecting on her own journey as a writer and publisher, and reading excerpts from her book.

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May I Dwell in Astonishment: An Artist's Prayer
The Way of the Artist
Written by Martha Kemper   
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 09:14

Martha Kemper Martha is a professional actor who uses the intimate power of theatre to create performances that inspire and connect people to each other. She has been a roster artist with the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and has led workshops around the country, including at Friends General Conference and for Friends Association in Higher Education.

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