Hi, I’m glad you found your way here. Welcome to the web home of Faith and Arts Ottawa, a newly formed mission of the United Church of Canada that brings spirituality and creativity together through imaginative exploration of both Faith and the Arts.
Every human being has an imagination, but most of us don’t exercise it as fully as we could. That’s too bad, because we miss out on a lot of fun, and a lot of learning. Creating something – a story, a poem, a song, a video, a photograph, a play, a pot, a dance, whatever – is a great way to learn new things, especially about ourselves. When we open up our creativity, we open ourselves to what is new and surprising, we never know just how a poem is going to turn out until it is done.
That openness to the new and surprising, which is the heart of creativity, is also the heart of spirituality. It is both playful and profoundly serious. We will be exploring the intersection of spirituality, faith, creativity and the imagination on this blog, and in the programs and events sponsored by Faith and Arts Ottawa. You’re welcome to join in.
“Between religion’s “this is” and poetry’s “but suppose this is,” there must always be some kind of tension, until the possible and the actual meet at infinity.”
Northrop Frye, The Anatomy of Criticism.