S 91 Sculpture, Prayer and Scripture

There are strong resonances between sculpture and the biblical image of God as creator and as potter. And sculpture can provoke responses in us which can make us look afresh at Scripture and can help us to 'sculpt' afresh our prayer.

This study introduces the issues, explores how sculpture can help our prayer and reading, and then offers for reflection a series of 15 sculptures that have been used on quiet days.

As with other approaches that move from experience to Scripture, rather than the other way round, the process can be challenging and even unsettling - but also immensely fruitful.
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Author: Revd Liz Culling

Revd Liz Culling is ordained and tutors at Cranmer Hall. A special interest in spiritual dirction is nourished by writing for the Church of England Newspaper, parenting a three-year-old and recently training as a life coach.

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Author: Liz Hoare

Liz Hoare (née Culling) teaches Christian spirituality at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. She has over 16 years of experience in rural ministry and has a special interest in spiritual direction. Liz is married to Toddy and they have one son, age 7, who has enabled them both to delight afresh in the grace and wonder of God. Liz's varied interests include reading novels, baking cakes and enjoying creation with the help of two dogs and a child.

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Author: Revd Toddy Hoare

Revd Toddy Hoare trained and practised as a sculptor before ordination. Full-time rural parish ministry which covers twelve villages and eight churches is enhanced by using sculpture to illustrate Bible material/theology and celebrate church people and creativity.

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