Number of weeks: 7
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Lent is a liturgical season when we can slow down and examine our spiritual journeys. In this course we will explore Sabbath practices as one way to balance work and rest, and to deepen our relationship with God. Photography is a visual tool we can use to experience Sabbath and all it has to offer. The class will involve photographing suggested items in Sabbath practices, learning to wait with God and reflecting through photography. Val Isenhower, experienced teacher and author on photography as a spiritual practice, will lead this Lenten Sabbath study.
New assignments are posted every other day. The course begins Ash Wednesday and ends the Monday after Easter. Participants are asked to share thoughts and experiences on the discussion board 2 or more times a week based on their insights and visual experiences of Sabbath. We will use the class blog in Blackboard to share our photos and reflections.
This course is based on the concepts offered in Meditation on Both Sides of the Camera. Participants are asked to purchase the book, Meditation on Both Sides of the Camera by Valerie K. Isenhower. This eBook can be purchased from Val’s website or the Upper Room bookstore. Wayne Muller’s book Sabbath is a helpful, but not required, resource.
This course is for anyone interested in learning how to combine photography and the spirituality of sabbath and Lent. Any type of camera will work, although digital cameras will make uploading pictures easier.
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 the 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 Discenment (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.