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Lighting Up Eternity in the midst of work and life
5 July @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
After a long haul through pandemic restrictions, our summer City Women meeting “with a difference” is focusing on Van Gogh’s art and spirituality for inspiration. Join us on Monday 5th July 1-2pm on Zoom.
Van Gogh’s life and work has been described as “lighting up eternity in the midst of life” by 20th century theologian Henri Nouwen. Van Gogh’s spirituality has been increasingly acknowledged in recent times and his vibrant paintings can inspire us to notice glimpses of eternity in the midst of our own working life – whether working from home or in the city centre. We’ll share a visual journey through Van Gogh’s life and work, from art dealer to missionary, spending time living and ministering amongst an impoverished rural mining community, to painter. And we’ll reflect together on how it speaks into our own work and life in 21st century Birmingham.
This lunchtime session will be accessible to Christians of all denominations and to people of all faiths and none.
There will be no charge for the event. However, ChaplaincyPlus relies on donations to deliver our vision to help people encounter the depth dimension of faith and life, so we are giving those who chose to do so the opportunity to support ChaplaincyPlus with a donation, when booking a place for this event, to enable our work to remain open to all.
The event will be held on Zoom and participants will be sent a Zoom link a day or two before the session.
The session will be led by Becky Morse-Brown and Gillian Lever.
Becky Morse-Brown is an art psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, who has worked with adults, adolescents and children in a range of health, social care and charity sector settings. Becky is trained in spiritual accompaniment. She values the depth and enrichment that the visual arts have brought to her own spiritual journey, and has also greatly enjoyed her involvement in facilitating art and spirituality-related workshops and quiet days in many diverse settings over the last 25 years, including at the Greenbelt Festival and the Iona Community.
Gillian Lever is an experienced abstract painter who often experiments with the spiritually charged languages of colour and light. She has exhibited widely in this country and abroad and has shown work with Art First, London. Gillian has undertaken public and private commissions and her work is represented in a number of collections including Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. She is Co-Founder (with her partner Jake Lever) of Lever Arts (www.leverarts.org), a small Birmingham-based arts organisation which seeks to work soulfully with materials, people and places. Like Becky, Gillian is trained in spiritual accompaniment and has had a lifelong fascination with art and spirituality.
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