The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Crafting Calm

Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation

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For more than 15 years, Maggie Oman Shannon has explored cross-cultural forms of prayer and spiritual practice through her work as an interfaith minister and spiritual director. We are all creations of a Creator, she writes, and have been graced with creativity. We can use this God-given gift to connect with the divine. As theologian Mary Daly put it: "It is the creative potential itself in people that is the image of God."

Oman Shannon has helped workshop participants make prayer beads, love boxes, pastel mandalas, tiny shrines, blessing baskets and much more. She describes 40 projects in this practical paperback, covering calm, clarity, comfort, contemplation, creation, community and connection with others. It's a perfect resource to explore during the summer when you feel inspired or are looking for inspiration (Viva Editions).


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