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The Artist and the Quaker

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Child on Tracks in Sunbury, PA by Peterson Toscano

The artist and the Quaker are on the same internal journey. Each is seeking a relationship with the Divine, and each is seeking a way to express that relationship. There are just many different ways of expressing it. For many, the path to the Self has to be entered by way of the arts, whether or not we are gifted in that field. That doesn’t seem to matter. As St. Paul says: If we have not love, we are as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And for many of us, the pathway to love is through the arts. … The process of working with and forming material things can lead beyond them to the spiritual, and shape of clay or colors of paint can be a window into another world.
Janet Mustin

From Philadelphia Yeary Meeting Faith & Practice