New Roots

Last week I led the UKIRK crew through a Visio Divina (“divine seeing”) of a painting titled “New Roots” by Lauren Wright Pittman, in Sanctified Art's "Unraveled' series (image of her work below). Jeremiah 29:1-7 inspires Pittman’s piece, when Jeremiah instructs the Israelites to build houses, plant gardens, and multiply during the Babylonian Exile. After reading the scripture aloud and sitting with the painting, together the group discussed what we heard, saw, and what emotions emerged. We talked about the Israelites at the base of the artwork and the range of their facial expressions. We noted that some appear content, possibly praying, while others look expectant and somewhat sad. We thou

Gathering with Friends

The last couple weeks we’ve had the privilege of gathering with additional friends beyond our UKirk Nashville crew... we spent an evening with the Wesley Nashville groups (the Methodist student groups at Belmont and Vanderbilt), dining and discussing the sovereignty of God. We had big laughs and pondered big questions like what we believe about God’s “control”... where is God when “bad things” happen? It was especially neat to see where our Wesley friends meet and what they have been thinking about this semester... and we spent a fun night worshipping with our friends from UKirk at MTSU, discussing “doubting Thomas“. UKirk MTSU has been using the same “Unraveled” series we have this year, so

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