Beginning May 18, 2020, I will offer a weekly online video course called, “Thrife: Creating a Thriving Spiritual Life”. The course is based on Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist’s Way”, my own journey as a pastor, artist, writer, and singer/songwriter, and the wisdom of other souls who found their way to their creative center, and from there offer their gifts to the world.
One day, I just made up the word Thrife. It points to Jesus words in John 10:10, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” We certainly have life, but we would be hard pressed to say we experience it as abundant. Yes, we have so much for which to be grateful, but so many of us are not thriving. My own experience with Julia’s book, practices, and tasks was transformative for my own life. I began to uncover the creative soul God had given me, recognize and dis-empower the self-doubt and criticisms rampant in my head, and gain a larger conception of a Creator God in whose image we are made.
Creating a Thriving Spiritual Life, does not take us out of this world, it throws us more deeply into it. Jesus is our blueprint: the divine becomes human flesh. The Spirit incarnates into form, matter, energy, life, our lives! Creating a Thriving Spiritual Life is for here and now in the middle of this beautiful and messy world!
This course is not about becoming an artist. It’s about recovering our own sense of being created in the image of God. If God is Creator, we are creative, and have our own creative gifts. That creativity shows up in ways outside of what we usually mean by being creative – artists, painters, dancers, poets, musicians. This course is meant to help you recover and live out of your creative soul, whatever that looks like for you. Presbyterian Pastor Frederick Buechner said, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” This course is aimed to help you uncover your deep gladness, so what you offer the world satisfies it’s deep hunger.
I am so excited to offer this course! Those who make a commitment to the material, practices, and tasks will find themselves transformed in a life-giving way. We will begin to thrive! I’m also excited because I will be doing what everyone else is doing, and it will be transformative for me, too!
The first two videos will be an introduction to the course, explaining the basic principles, the practices, the tasks, and the time involved. At that point you should have enough information to decide whether you want to make a commitment to the 12-week course. We will also have weekly Zoom chats for questions, comments, encouragement and support.