[Past Event] The Art of Prayer

Workshop [Past Event] The Art of Prayer
September 19 2020 | 10:00 AM (GMT+8)
September 19 2020 | 12:00 PM (GMT+8)

C S Lewis speaks of the three transcendentals – beauty, goodness and truth – which are linked to the three core human abilities: to feel, to wish and to think. Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar expounds how something beautiful first arrests you (you’re stopped in your tracks), then elects you (you’ve been chosen) and finally sends you (you’re sent on a mission). As humans, we have an illative sense – a natural capacity to sense when we’re in the presence of something remarkable, inspiring and ennobling, that is, something beautiful.

This workshop presents ways in which we can pray with the arts. Drawing from his experience leading a ministry in which the arts play a vital role, Anthony will share how the arts have enabled the faithful to pray creatively in order to encounter God more intimately. As Christian author Ken Gire says, God’s creative acts at the beginning of time gave rise to the arts, which are now signposts for our spiritual journey, opening windows for encountering God. This leads us into a more expansive understanding and experience of God, leading us into greater intimacy.
Location: Zoom Classroom , own study place
Lecturer : Anthony Siow

Manager, Centre for Spiritual Formation

Anthony Siow is a Spiritual Director trained in the Ignatian tradition at the Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation (later the Jesuit College of Spirituality) under the University of Divinity in Australia. Like Peter, Anthony left behind a fulfilling advertising career to follow God’s call to cast the net elsewhere. So Anthony channelled his creativity and love for the arts into his ministry, SEE.K, where his work as Spiritual and Retreat Director helps Christians find God in music, dance, drama, film and other creative ways of encountering God. In this way, Anthony hopes to reclaim those so-called secular spaces back for God, who can be found in all things. Anthony also regularly leads silent retreats here and overseas.

Anthony’s ecumenical vision for his ministry has attracted Christians from different faith traditions to its programs, where they share space and sacred story as one community. This extends to his work as a spiritual mentor and adjunct lecturer at the Biblical Graduate School of Theology (BGST) since 2018.

Anthony’s work and collaboration with BGST has grown from strength to strength. As a certified Giver of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, Anthony has served as a mentor for students in a module on spiritual formation, and as Retreat Director in an executive certificate course for leaders. This has helped students and leaders grow in their spiritual lives, integrating their faith into their lived experiences. Many students have continued to journey with Anthony beyond their courses.

Anthony believes his work and interactions with the school has been God’s way of preparing him for the role of Centre Manager for the Centre for Spiritual Formation.

Anthony feels blessed, grateful and honoured to embrace this further calling.
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