Join us as author Dave Harrity explores the relationship between imagination and faith and its impact on our devotional lives.
There’s a sea change happening in the church—faith, creativity, imagination, and community are colliding in congregations large and small across the world. As artists of belief, we’re called to use our creativity to cultivate peace, reconciliation, and creative, radical, community-oriented change for the world that “God so loved.” Dave Harrity explores this collision, offers commentary, pragmatic advice, and cohesive vision to help Christian creatives weather the evolving storm.
Dave Harrity is author of Making Manifest: On Faith, Creativity, and the Kingdom at Hand, a book of meditations and exercises for personal and communal spiritual formation. He is also author of Morning and What Has Come Since: Poems, which was nominated for a Pushcart prize, Kentucky Literary Award, and the Conference on Christianity and Literature’s Book-of-the-Year citation. His poems have appeared widely in journals and magazine internationally and stateside. With a focus on teaching creative practices and writing, his workshops, classes, and lectures often explore the intersection of faith and imagination through poetry writing. From 2008–2009, he taught creative writing workshops at Asbury Seminary as part of the pastoral imagination series and has since taught similar classes across the country. He lives and writes in Louisville with his wife and children. Follow him on a Twitter and Instagram.
Creativity 101: Making
Tuesday, November 19, 3:30–5:00 p.m., MCL 211
Whether you often create or are just beginning to, you need to find a place to start the creative process. This workshop will use lyric poetry as a case study for developing a framework for creative production. We will look at a definition of the form, how it has changed over the course of English poetry, and how to write successful lyrics of our own. Participants will be encouraged to complete a writing exercise and to return the following night for Creativity 102: Revising. Underwritten by The Trilium.
Poetry, Peace, and Practice
Tuesday, November 19, 8:00–9:00 p.m., MCL 210
Christ’s life—by his example and his words—emphasizes the importance of peacemaking, reconciliation, and intentional compassion toward others. How can members of the Church reimagine practices of peace-making within their congregations and surrounding communities? What can daily writing, creative thinking, and poetry teach the Christian about peacemaking? This workshop examines the imagination as a vehicle of making peace and fostering compassionate living through poems, exercises, workshop, and discussion. Underwritten by the Christian Ministries Department.
Wednesday, November 20, 11:00–11:45 a.m., ATO Chapel
Class Visit: ENG 320 American Lit II, William Stafford
Wednesday, November 20, 1:15–2:05 p.m., MCL 216
Pastoral Imagination: Contemporary Prophets
Wednesday, November 20, 3:15–5:00 p.m., MCL 211
This workshop will examine how poetry is used as a tool of witness, whereby people in religious communities can foster healing through creative practice. This talk is aimed at students in the honors and leadership programs. Underwritten by The Honors Program.
Creativity 102: Revising
Wednesday, November 20, 9:30–11 p.m., MCL 211
This workshop focuses on methods of composition—creating, fostering creativity—and revision—techniques for bringing out the best in the poem. We examine how creatives can cultivate patterns to produce writing by looking at the methods of other authors, exercises, process-oriented composition, and step-by-step revision. This is a stand-alone workshop, but interested participants are encouraged to attend Creativity 101 on Tuesday night. Underwritten by The Fine Arts Festival.
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