Creative Prayer Online

“…The most excellent method…of going to God, [is] that of doing our common business … purely for the love of God.”
― Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

Practicing the Presence of God in the Everyday

Sundays at 5:00 PM EST join us on Zoom for Practicing the Presence of God Through Creative Prayer; a time of soaking in the words of the Bible and then creatively processing and responding.

We’ve taken the name Practicing the Presence of God from a monk named Brother Lawrence who believed that the presence of God shouldn’t be reserved only for church services or prayer times – it is to be found in all of life! Whether washing dishes, going for a walk, or performing other duties, Brother Lawrence sought to focus on communicating with God. In our Sunday night times we are practicing bringing prayer into our creative lives and creativity into our prayer lives.

Join Us Sundays at 5PM on Zoom

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 869 2330 8329

Creative Prayer Facilitators

Lisa Smith, Improvised Liturgy

On the second Sunday, we improvise a little. We have a structure within which to work and play that leads us into creative prayer. Bring a pen and paper, whatever you like to color with, an open mind, and something to take communion. Learn more about Improvised Liturgy…

Lisa received her BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and worked as a professional actor for many years before attending seminary and seeking a way to merge her calling as an artist and a person of faith. Lisa received her MTS degree from the John Leland Seminary in Arlington, VA. She has taught classes at the John Leland Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Virginia Theological Seminary on the subjects of worship, theology and arts and is currently working on the soul|makers curriculum to equip artists to serve as prophetic critics and imaginative visionaries in the world.

Dan ABH, Holy Listening

Dan founded abitterhello in 2005 to help build a stronger and more communal music scene in Northern Virginia by using DIY ethics with positive results. In 2009 he collaborated with Jay Smith to create the Lab All Ages at Convergence and has since launched a series of regular showcases featuring local bands, an open mic, a recording studio/rehearsal space and Fest Too, a Do-It-Together Festival to celebrate a thriving and safe community thru music, workshops, and art. Dan studied Music Production at the Levine School of Music (2005-2007). Dan serves on the Board of Directors for Howard Gardner School in Alexandria, VA and is the drummer and producer for DC based band, flowerbomb.

Cornelia van Voorst, Visio Divina

Cornelia van Voorst is a contemporary artist with a studio practice in Victoria, BC, Canada. Her theopoetic work is expressed through visual art, curating, writing and speaking. Living with a complex form of PTSD influences her art which honours the presence of love in the midst of suffering, trauma and grief.  Cornelia’s involvement with Convergence reflects a desire to engage with what it means to have the artistic voice in conversation with theological ideas and religious practices.   In a time when many Christians are questioning their religion through “deconstruction,” Cornelia thinks of herself as “reconstructed,” her faith having deepened through the process of questioning taken- for- granted beliefs. Through her art and theopoetics, Cornelia navigates the space between lived experience and dominant narrative.  Her hope is that we might look beneath the surface of church based cultural constructs and learn to recognize the Word beyond words that manifests in the world all around us. You can learn more about Cornelia and her art through her website and find her on Instagram @vanvoorst_cornelia or Facebook: Cornelia van Voorst

Adrienne Reedy, Artscape to Heartscape

A conversational gathering designed to shape, sculpt and mold the landscape of life through creative expression and conversation.

As a recording gospel artist, Adrienne painted pictures with words through music. On Christmas morning 2018, she found of boxes of soft pastels stuffed in her Christmas stocking.  It didn’t take long before painting with pastels became a passion.  During the pandemic, Adrienne was inspired to paint birds and flowers of all kinds, landscapes, portraits, (animals and people) and spent a considerable amount of time doing plein air which is painting outside. Although pastel painting is her preferred medium, Adrienne’s passion for art extends to iconography, drawing with pencil, ink, and watercolor.  She finds so much joy in being an artist in multiple disciplines of music, visual art and writing. Adrienne looks to bring that joy into all of her artwork in a way that impacts many.  Through her faith, she lives at the intersection of art and reconciliation.  She offers a series of workshops and retreats to help people experience God through art and contemplative prayer.

Creative Prayer Meets at 5:00 PM EST on Zoom

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 869 2330 8329