Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh tells us about the spiritual lessons of washing the dishes mindfully. Writer and farmer Wendell Berry says, “To be quiet in heart and in eye clear. What we need is here.” How do we make the every-day holy and sacred with what is here, at hand, around us each and every day? The classic definition of sacrament is an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual grace.
The philosopher Suzanne Langer has defined art as the process of creating perceptible forms expressive of human feeling, and that which gives form to inward experiences and makes them conceivable.
Rev. Laurie Bushbaum believes that these definitions of art and sacrament strike a similar chord, not by coincidence, but because they are saying the same thing in different languages. Both are talking about relationship – relationship between the inner and outer worlds, between the seen and the unseen. Both art and sacrament are about the human need to discover, in our individual ways, our relationship to the Holy and to the world. Art and Sacrament are about our need to express these understandings in visible form.
Rev. Laurie Bushbaum has been an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister for 33 years. She has been an artist even longer, starting with mud-pies and doll clothes. Since then she has been juried into local and national shows and featured in ArtQuilt magazine. She loves the opportunities for creative and soulful play in ministry and in congregational life.