IFD416 – Advent: A Photography Journey

IFD416 – Advent: A Photography Journey

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Photography is a visual avenue for your devotions during the seasons of Advent & Christmas. The camera offers a new way to see/experience these seasons of hope, peace and light. The images themselves can shed new light on our journey to Bethlehem and beyond. Val Isenhower, experienced teacher and author on photography as a spiritual practice, will lead this Advent study.

Participants log in to receive daily photo and meditation ideas during this class which begin the first Monday of Advent and end the Monday after Epiphany. 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 Christ’s presence in this joyful season. We also use a class blog to share our Advent/Christmas photos.

This course is for anyone interested in learning how to combine photography and the spirituality of Advent. Any type of camera will work, although digital cameras will make uploading pictures easier.

This course builds on the concepts offered in IFD411: Meditation on Both Sides of the Camera.  Participants who have not participated in that course are welcome in this course; 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 online bookstore.

Course Price: $85

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Valerie K. Isenhower

Val 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.


Image: Old Ship Church, Hingham, MA