Three of the wonderful artists in this issue share their
Fr Rory Geoghegan: The Greeting
In making this sculpture I wanted to enter into the intimacy of
the two pregnant women. The space between them is womb-like, the
two 'boys' interact in an ecstatic leap of joy. Elizabeth clings in
awe to the mother of her Lord, and Mary cries out the mysterious
prophetic utterances of the Magnificat; "My soul proclaims the
greatness of the Lord and my Spirit exalts in God my Saviour." Luke
This sculpture is found at St Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality
Centre, Denbighshire, Wales.
John Stuart: No room at the inn
I am a Scottish pastor, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, who
is now pastoring Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee,
USA. I started drawing for church kids years ago in order to tell
stories from the Bible. Over time, I created artwork for special
events, worship programs, and bulletins. This has now developed
into an art service that is available for churches all over the
world. My artwork has been exhibited in many churches and places,
so I spread the Good News through the gifts God has given me. You
can view my latest works at my website: w: www.stushieart.com tw:@stushie57
Melody Hawtin: We shall meet him in the air, oil and
gold leaf (pp.22-23)
Revelation in the Bible speaks so personally about Jesus. In
chapter 1, verse 17 it says, 'Then he placed his right hand on me
and said… "I am the living One, I was dead, and behold I am alive
for ever and ever!" ' Yes, Jesus is alive, and personal, so much he
touches us! And One day he will return. This painting was painted
during one of the worst years of my life reminding me of how one
day Jesus will return to Earth and we shall meet him in the air and
we shall be like him. I painted layer by layer, in him I found
hope. I found comfort, and the very presence of The Holy Spirit
with me. Often as I am painting colours come into my mind and as I
listen to my worship music I pray for the people receiving the
picture. Often tears run down as I paint, touched as I am by The
People come to my studio and say they have had a spiritual
encounter as they look at the paintings through the window. It is
then I pray for them and explain my motivation. Through my career I
have been so amazed as I lead others to know my saviour. Art is a
mission tool relevant for contemporary society.
Melody Art, High Street, Porlock,TA24 8PU
w: www.melodyart.com fb: www.facebook.com/MelodyArtExmoor tw:
All creatures of our God and King (pp.26-27): Animal Quiz
1. What does a tadpole grow into?
Answer: a frog
2. What is the name of a group of tigers?
Answer: an ambush
3. What is a female elephant called?
Answer: A Cow
4. Who is known as the 'King of the Jungle'?
Answer: The lion
5. What is the fastest land animal?
Answer: The cheetah
6. Is a shark a fish or a mammal?
Answer: A fish
7. What is the main food of a Giant Panda?
8. What is the most popular purebred cat?
9. If an animal is piebald what does it mean?
Answer: It's spotted
10. Where do golden hamsters live in the wild?
Answer: Syria, Middle East
Nurturing a Learning Church
(pp.28-27): Psychological Type Theory
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) described in the
article is one of many instruments which can be used to gain an
understanding of individual preferences.
More information about the MBTI can be found at
An alternative approach to individual difference is offered by
learning styles theory which identifies four preferences
in terms of approaches to learning:
vark-learn.com offers a
questionnaire for exploring learning styles
The multiple intelligences model proposed by Howard
Gardner provides yet another perspective. He identified seven types
Linguistic; Logical-mathematical; Musical; Bodily-Kinesthetic;
Spatial-Visual; Interpersonal; Intrapersonal
More information is available at multipleintelligencesoasis.org
Videos of Howard Gardner talking about the model can be seen at
The Enneagram is a commonly used model of personality
which identifies nine interconnected personality types:
For more information, see www.enneagraminstitute.com
The above are a limited selection of possible approaches to
psychological types. While the identification of personality types
and learning preferences can be helpful in recognising diversity
and allowing individuals to flourish, it also attracts considerable
criticism. In particular, labelling as a particular type can limit
development and creativity.
infed.org and www.businessballs.com/leadership-management.htm
are good starting points for exploring further theories while a
Google search will identify a range of critiques.