The Grief Eclipse

April 8, 2024 was a total eclipse of the sun that passed through the heart of our state. I felt a strong prompting of the Holy Spirit that my husband and I were to drive the hour or two that it would take to go where we could witness the full eclipse in its path […]

Art and Artificiality: What Is the Future of AI Art?

Artificial Intelligence is here to stay. What does that mean for the future of the arts? I’ve been studying the situation, and I think I see a path through the negatives to reach a situation that’s good for all, and I’d like to share that with you. AI is, of course, the New Thing. As […]

I’ve Got You

Many thanks to my friend, Stacy, who allowed me to tell her story. It was a lion—right in my face! Our noses were almost touching! Fierce love burned in his eyes and the wind whipped back his massive mane. “I’ve got you! Now go paint!” I awoke with a start and, even though it was […]

Lead Me to the Water

“So even the creative work of one person depends on others to make it what it is. But each of us is commissioned by God to create in multiple domains of life.” Curt Thompson, M.D. What does it look like for an artist to follow Jesus? To date, I am a homeschooling mother of three […]

How to Start a Writers’ Group in Your Local Church

Little did I know that a class I offered a few years ago, “The Art of Writing a Devotional,” would end up catalyzing a creative writing ministry within our church. Of all the various church ministries, I had never come across one for creative writers. Yet, cloistered away within most churches are writers or would-be […]

The Other Side of Creative Anxiety

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“I hate this. I feel sick. Why did I agree to this? They’re going to think it’s awful.” Thus was my condensed, internal dialogue as I stood before a group of twenty high school students with the gut-wrenching promise of sharing a song I wrote. I was blessed with a short season of working with […]


United Adoration recently partnered with Heartland Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana to host our first-ever writing workshop: “The Art of Writing God Stories.”  United Adoration staff member Kathryn Kircher gives some insights as to why our God stories are so important. As a harried mom of five young children, one of the highlights of each […]

The Vitality of Collaboration

by Hunter Lynch “If you want it done right, do it yourself” is a phrase often used in a half-joking, half-serious way, typically in the context of collaborative efforts. If the words “Group Project” give you traumatic flashbacks to grade school, then this phrase may have found its way into your daily routine, during a […]

A Poet and Didn’t Know It

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I was once thought that the brain was static, unable to grow or change. But extensive research and in-depth study of epigenetics has shown that the brain is remarkably adaptable and able to create new neural pathways in response to stimuli in the environment. This is the field of neuroscience called neuroplasticity.

No matter where we fall on the spectrum of left-brained to right-brained dominance, it is God’s desire and will for us all to love Him with “ALL our mind.” In Christ, we are limitless in imagination and unfettered by man-made definitions of how our brains are wired. Think of it: Maybe we can do things we once thought impossible. 

In the Midst of Them: COVID Retreats

COVID-19 arts Retreat

An intimate community of eight poets, visual artists, creative writers and songwriters registered for the retreat. Our gratitude to be together shaped our perception of COVID restrictions as mechanisms for gathering, not hindrances to fellowship. One participant had never attended our church, but had been searching for a creative community. Seeing this retreat on our church website was an answer to prayer! 

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