Number of weeks: 4
Required books: No
Certification or Series: No
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Photography is a large part of our culture. One look at social media will tell you that people document their lives and activities via the camera in their cell phone or tablet. How can we use photography to broaden and deepen opportunities for ministry?
We will explore the many facets of ministry through paying attention to the visual aspects of our individual and group lives. This course gives us all, lay and clergy, a way of observing new aspects of serving and caring. We will explore multiple ways to enhance meetings, prayer, discussions, spiritual growth, activities and much more through the use of photographs and photography.
This class taught by Val Isenhower, photographer and ordained minister, will use a combination of the discussion board and a class blog to share ideas and photos. Any type of camera will work, although digital cameras will make uploading pictures easier.
The course is based on the book Meditation on Both Sides of the Camera by Valerie K. Isenhower. The book may be helpful to you, but is not required for this course.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Val Isenhower is the owner of V. Isenhower Photography, and she specializes in meditative photography. Val offers workshops on “Spirituality and Photography” across the country. She is the author of a book on spirituality and photography — Meditation on Both Sides of the Camera (Upper Room, 2012) and has written articles on the subject. Val’s images are currently displayed in her gallery in Old Town, Albuquerque. She is the featured photographer in Journeying Through the Days: 2013 (Upper Room, 2012). Her work has also been displayed in other galleries; published in 3 issues of Alive Now magazine and the Baylor University Journal for Family and Community Ministries and is on the cover of four books. She won Best in Category at the Red River Fine Art and Wine Festival, 2005 and an honorable mention in the the First Annual Hot Air Balloon Photo Context and Exhibit.
Val has co-authored two books on spiritual discernment with Judith A. Todd — Living into the Answers: A Workbook for Personal Spiritual Discernment(Upper Room 2008) and Listen for God’s Leading: A Workbook for Corporate Spiritual Discernment (Upper Room, 2009). She is one of the founders of Water in the Desert Ministries. Val has led spiritual formation retreats and taught classes in spiritual formation across the country. She specializes in facilitating discernment processes for groups and using photography / visual arts in spirituality. Val earned an M.Div. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, is an ordained American Baptist Minister and lives in Albuquerque, NM.