When we talk about callings, we usually don’t describe a voice from the sky pointing us in our life’s direction. For most of us, it is in looking back at the choices and opportunities we’ve had, what we’ve said “yes” to and the ways we’ve worked to bring our commitments to fruition, that define our vocation. As part of the Collegeville Institute’s Communities of Calling Initiative, the team from saint benedict’s table used the metaphor of weaving to explore their callings, both as individuals and a community.
Employing master weaver and former Collegeville Institute alumna Carolyn Mount and artist in resident Samantha Klassen, weaving was introduced into prayer and liturgy as the congregation was invited to take a turn at the main loom during our Sunday liturgy or using cardboard “mini looms” in their seats. Weaving throughout the liturgical year, the cloth was removed from the loom in a special event in November attended on Zoom by a large portion of the congregation.
Rev. Rachel Twigg Boyce and Jessie Bazan will discuss the project, how the congregation reoriented after Covid-19 struck, and what the congregation learned about vocation.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
12 – 1 PM, CST
Did you miss this event? Watch a recording below or on Facebook:
- Communities of Calling Initiative at the Collegeville Institute
- Natural Born Weaver website and Instagram
- Resources on calling from st. benedict’s table
- Photos of the weaving project, including mini-looms
- The Threads of Vocation: A Comic by Samantha Klassen
- Kathleen Cahalan’s book The Stories We Live was the inspiration for the comic
- The Weaving Project Unfurled video
Rev. Rachel Twigg Boyce is Vicar at saint benedict’s table in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Winnipeg, she has been working in pastoral ministry since 2001. Rachel is also a spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and a sessional instructor. She loves to see the connections in seemingly unconnected things like spirituality, pop culture and social justice. You can find out more about Rachel and her work as a writer, retreat facilitator, and spiritual director at: http://revracheltwigg.com/