Wonder, Nature and Place of the Art and Pilgrimage of Georgia O’Keeffe

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rams-headChrist Church Cranbrook will host the 2014 Nautilus Book award winner, Larry L. Rasmussen, author of Earth-Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key on Friday April 22 at 7:00 PM. Rasmussen will speak on the subject of “Wonder, Nature and Place of the Art and Pilgrimage of Georgia O’Keeffe.”

Nature was the source and inspiration of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art. But nowhere captured her soul more than the natural world of northern New Mexico and Ghost Ranch. What did she see and how did she see it at?  How did it feed her soul?  This presentation includes photographs of what she saw, compares that to her paintings of the same, and passes along her comments, when they are available. Her sense of place reveals the wonder she felt and the inner journey she made.

On Sunday, April 24 at 9:00 AM at the Rector’s Forum, Rasmussen will discuss the literal waters of life and sacramental waters of life in a presentation titled “Flint-the Waters of Life and Baptism.”
Is there a connection between the literal waters of life and sacramental waters of life?  Why do all religions have water rites? What does that say to environmental justice and the stark reality of Flint?

He will be the Earth Day guest preacher at 10:00 AM and will preach on Jesus’ parable of old and new wineskins as we are called to put aside old wineskins and create new ones.

About Larry Rasmussen: author of 2014 Nautilus Book Award winning Earth-Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key and Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City. An earlier volume, EARTH COMMUNITY, EARTH ETHICS (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1996), won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion of 1997. He served as a member of the Science, Ethics, and Religion Advisory Committee of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and was a recipient of a Henry Luce Fellowship in Theology, 1998-99, the Burnice Fjellman Award for Distinguished Christian Ministries in Higher Education, the Joseph Sittler Award for Outstanding Leadership in Theological Education, and the UNITAS (Distinguished Alumnus) Award from Union Theological Seminary, New York.  From 1990-2000 he served as co-moderator of the World Council of Churches unit, Justice, Peace, Creation.

Copies of his award winning book, Earth-Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key are available in the church office for sale.