“Effective stewardship leads to generative work and a generative culture. We turn wheat into bread—and bread into community. We turn grapes into wine—and wine into occasions for joyful camaraderie, conviviality, conversation, and creativity. We turn minerals into paints—and paints into works that lift the heart or stir the spirit. We turn ideas and experiences into imaginative worlds for sheer enjoyment and to expand the scope of our empathy.” ― Makoto Fujimura, Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life
“Where does this openness to the “other” come from in artists? Some may grow out of empathy earned because artists are themselves often exiled from a normative tribal identity. There is also training to extend that empathy. In art, we constantly train ourselves to inhabit or portray the “other.” Artists learn to be adaptable and blend into an environment while not belonging to it, which also requires learning to speak new tribal languages.” ― Makoto Fujimura, Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for our Common Life
This is the challenge where Melanie (the hostess) shares weekly questions geared to help us all reveal a little bit of how we live and think. Here are her questions for the week and my answers:
I asked this on an award thingie I was nominated for, and I got such interesting responses, I thought I’d ask it on Share Your World too: Do you have a favorite kind of tree
I love black locust trees. They are so fragrant in the early summer.
What bridges are you happy you burned
I am happy I burned my bridges to the business world and entered the ministry. That said, I am aware that most bridges can be rebuilt should one really desire it.
Would you sacrifice yourself (die) for a stranger?
I don’t think any of us truly knows the answer to this question. In the moment? Stirred by a cause or a story? I don’t know. I think I might have the courage to do so if I had time to ponder the stranger’s plight, but would it be instinctive ( like jumping in front of a bus in a moment’s time)? I have no idea.
How have your priorities changed since the C-19 virus took over?
My emphasis on the interior life has deepened. My focus on art has grown. My view of money and provision has also greatly shifted. I feel more free now than I have felt in many years.
Please feel free to share your gratitude! During this troubling time, some positive input is sorely needed, so any memes, stories, photos, or anything else you find uplifting is welcome! Please share! Thanks!
I have so enjoyed taking part in
This online Global Arts Summit is absolutely 100% free but registration is required. To register, visit www.TheGlobalArtsSummit.com. When you do, youâ€™ll get instant â€œlifetimeâ€ access to the summit resources and youâ€™ll be able to view them on your device of choice at a time and place thatâ€™s convenient for you. If you have any trouble, you can reach out to the email address listed on the summit website.
HERE IS A PIECE FROM ONE OF THE SEMINAR PRESENTERS: