The intersection and practice of Art, Justice, Advocacy, and Spirit

He who works with his hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.

He who works with his hands, his head, and his heart, is an artist.

St. Francis of Assisi

 

Beginning January 2015, QCFamilyTree’s Free Space Studios will open its inaugural creativity circle groups for your participation.  Creativity circles, led by Helms Jarrell, engage in the practices of meditation, creative expression, and compassionate dialogue in a small group setting.  Interested participants have their choice of which circles fit their needs best: Creative Spirit Circle, Rise Up! Circle, Garden Tender’s Circle.

I hope that you will consider joining us as we create, pray, and play together!  When we engage with the Holy Spirit in acts of creativity, we find meaning, beauty, and inspiration.  Let us take joy in co-creating with God.  ~Helms

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Here is my strength.  Helms' life circle

Here is my strength. Helms’ life circle

Creative Spirit Circle:

A time to co-create with the Spirit and neighbor;  a safe space within which you can be authentic, trusting, creative, and open;  a gathering of women who are discovering, through creativity, a way of life defined by connectivity, wisdom, compassion, and wholeness.  Come and play.  Create.  Meet heart to heart.  Learn from each other.  The Creative Spirit Circle meets once per month for 2 hours. Meeting times and dates will be determined by participants’ schedules.

artRise Up!  Circle:

A gathering of people artfully advocating for social change.  Joined here are folks who are willing to sustain their gaze upon suffering, upon the wounds that they inflict upon one another and upon the earth, and who are willing to become accountable for these actions.  In Rise Up! circle, we acknowledge injustice and work towards healing by speaking out, advocating through the arts. By practicing listening, prayer, and artful expression in circle, we work towards healing the wounds of social injustice and to find the courage to act upon that “still small voice within,” to empower our best selves and our community.  The Rise Up! Circle meets once per month for 2 hours. Meeting times and dates will be determined by participants’ schedules.

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The Garden Tenders’ Circle:  

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A set aside time, a sacred place, and a gathering of people who find sacredness and transformation as they listen to one another, remain attentive to the Spirit, and explore creation in the garden.  The Garden Tenders’ Circle involves a circle of listening and sharing as well as the active component of working in the garden.  Full of herbs, edibles, and flowers and nestled in Center-City Charlotte, the garden at QCFamilytree serves as a perfect backdrop for this circle meeting. You must only have a desire and willingness to dig in the dirt.  Experience gardening is not a prerequisite. The Garden Tenders’ Circle meets once per month for 2 hours. Meeting times and dates will be determined by participants’ schedules.