Number of weeks: 7
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Photography is a visual tool for experiencing the season of Lent. In this Lenten class we will use the theme of “Journey” to explore our internal journey to Jerusalem. Slowing down to see and record photos of symbols around the theme of journey will help us shed light on our internal spiritual walk. The practice of recording a photograph every day and reflecting on it is a creative way to experience a Lenten devotional. Val Isenhower, experienced teacher and author on photography as a spiritual practice, will lead this Lenten study.
Participants log in to receive daily photo and meditation ideas during this class which begins the day before Ash Wednesday (for introductory material) and ends the day after Easter. Participants are asked to share the photos they are recording along with reflections about their experiences on a class blog at least 3 times a week .
This course builds on the concepts offered in Meditation on Both Sides of the Camera. Participants who have not participated in that course are welcome. However they need to purchase and read 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.
This course is for anyone interested in learning how to combine photography and the spirituality of 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.