Artistry of Faith

Posted by Spalding Hurst

September 16, 2023

Rick Loader, a retired minister from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), shares a heartfelt reflection. Drawn by the disciplines of prayer and journaling, he acknowledged his own struggles with these practices. Instead, he found solace and expression in the creation of poems and songs, often inspired by personal experiences. His wife, Trina Loader, a Deacon at the Jeffersontown Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), introduced him to a program for the Ritual of Installation for Central Leadership. He was struck by the beauty of a quilted banner crafted by Marie Becker, SCN, and Luke Boiarski, SCN.

Rick has poured out his admiration and insights into two profound poetic reflections. One is titled “With Just a Few Flowers,” a musing on the quilted banner, while the other, “Walk By Faith,” is inspired by the painting, both of which are dedicated to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky. Through these pieces, Loader contemplates the meaning of faith, the beauty of creation, and the deep connection between us, our journey, and the divine.

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  1. Trudy Foster

    Thank you for sharing your reflection.

    Sr. Trudy Foster

  2. Marcie Heil SCNA

    Beautiful! Words can be powerful when coming from the heart and soul. These words help me to reflect even more on the beauty of the banner and painting. THANK YOU Rev. Loader.

  3. Michelle

    Thank you Rick! Inspired and inspiring! So grateful for your gift of poetry to us.


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