Retreat for people who care for artists

This is an interesting follow-up, in my mind anyway, to yesterday’s post about an arts center for the Christian faith.

David Taylor, formerly arts pastor at Hope Chapel in Austin, has organized an April retreat for “Senior pastors. Associate pastors. Lay ministers. Professional coffee drinkers. Teachers. Para-church staff. And anybody who feels that strong yearning to love artists and to help them grow strong and whole and holy.” The event will be held at Laity Lodge west of Austin, Texas. The topics on the docket right now include

    1) Our own preparation as ministers
    2) The pastoring of the artist as a person
    3) The pastoring of the artist as a worker

Makoto Fujimura will be among the facilitators of the event. Cost for the Monday through Thursday retreat is $285, and interested parties can register here.

Ariel view of the lodge

I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it down to this particular event, but it’s something I’d like to attend. My own interest in caring for other artists probably doesn’t come across very strongly in this blog — except for the two or three times I’ve mentioned my desire to create a faith-based art center — though it is something I feel somewhat divinely charged with.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

2 Responses to Retreat for people who care for artists

  1. Laity Lodge is an incredible place. I visited there several years ago with my son and we talk about it throughout the year.

    A perfect setting to enjoy God’s creation and explore all things God, art, beauty, and community.

  2. Pingback: IAM Encounter conference in NYC « The Aesthetic Elevator

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