St Paul’s Episcopal Church
726 Sixth Street
Brookings, SD, 57006
Date(s) - 04/22/2020 - 04/26/2020
The activity is a church newsletter with an article that has 3 purposes: 1) describes the Creation care history at St Paul’s Episcopal, 2) explains the purpose of St Paul’s new Visual Arts Ministry art show, and 3) suggests a “step outside” activity.
- St Paul’s Natural Cathedral Committee has been working for over a decade to bring Creation Care messages into St Paul’s liturgy and teaching, and also into the Diocese of South Dakota through the Creation Care Network.
- St Paul’s Visual Arts Ministry show is titled Revelation. It represents the New Story of the Universe as envisioned by Thomas Berry and taught by the folks at Yale. The New Story of the Universe is a story of cosmic evolution in which humans are related to the whole process and have a role. The story is the subject of an Emmy Award Winning Documentary titled “Journey of the Universe,” and is also told in a book with the same title. The St Paul’s art show begins with a photo of star dust called “The Three Pillars of Creation” and ends with a painting of a sublime meadow in which two youngsters are gazing with wonder at fireflies. In between are unique works of art (e.g., original photos, signed limited edition prints by local artists, a Gytako print of fish) that represent each day of creation as told in Genesis as well as art piece that shows man’s ability to restore an abused landscape.
- Step outside. Studies have shown that time in nature is an antidote for stress: It can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduce nervous system arousal, enhance immune system function, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and improve mood, AND time outside can increase awareness of the wonders of Creation.