The Painting Table is for anyone experiencing significant loss or change; it's an accessible, simple, and beautiful book for those who may be grieving the death of a loved one, struggling in a relationship, or facing a major transition in their lives. Where there is grief, sadness, and loss, there also is hope. There is an opportunity for celebration, as we gather together, break bread, talk, and are welcomed. Whether through cooking, or painting, or Eucharist, we come together to remember past experiences and to consider new ones. For many, life happens around the kitchen table, but in this case, we gather at The Painting Table as you are invited to draw pictures, record memories, and celebrate living through the creation of something new. Includes guided questions and blank pages for reflection in word or art, as well as offering a model for small group and individual reflection in times of tragedy (individual, local or national).
Roger Hutchison is anartist, author, and the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life atPalmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. His first book, ThePainting Table: A Journal of Loss and Joy, has been used by people of all agesin schools, churches, and community groups across the United States. Hisartwork has been exhibited throughout the world, and he regularly offersworkshops for children, youth, and adults on how to express their thoughts andrelationship with God through the art of painting with one's hands, making itaccessible to all. Awarded in 2014 with the "Governor's Order of theSilver Crescent," South Carolina's highest civilian honor for volunteer orcommunity service, Roger resides in Sugar Land, Texas with his wife, Kristin,and their daughter, Riley
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