I was able to attend a Sabbath Rest in the Smoky Mountains – far away from work and electronic media. It was just what the doctor ordered, mentally and spiritually. I spent some time trying to capture the misty mountains and hills. I asked a regular visitor if they ever had a clear day, and he said that this was clear. The word “sabbath” comes from a Hebrew word which means to cease. Cease from your usual work and activity and spend some time with the creator. This is one of the goals for Two Book Retreats, to combine art, nature and scriptural reflection.
The Bible begins with creation. We are most familiar with the majestic narratives of Genesis 1 and 2. Creation is presented in a variety of viewpoints within the Hebrew Scriptures. It is further developed in the New Testament through the teachings of Jesus and in the book of Revelation.
In this weekend retreat we will explore the Bible’s rich witness. We will begin with Genesis 1 and 2. Then individuals will select from other passages such as: Psalm 8, Psalm 104, Job 28, Proverbs 8, Isaiah 40, Matthew 6 and Revelation 21 and 22. Participants will learn a new way to study scripture and will draw insights to our place in the world.
One way to deepen our understanding of Creation is to make a journal recording our personal responses in art and writing to our study of the texts. Nancy Macgregor, a Madison artist and instructor, will help each participant distil their thoughts and experiences into simple pictures and words. This way all will have a continuing memory, visual and written, of what has been learned. This is possible for all, artists and non-artists alike.