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CIVA Gathers – September 30

September 30 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT


CIVA Gathers is a Christ-centered virtual gathering in which CIVA Members have the opportunity to connect and pray together. The doors are open to all traditions and backgrounds. Each month we will spend time with scripture and an artwork from CIVA’s newest traveling exhibition. The photography exhibition Again + Again is centered around the church calendar. CIVA Gathers is led by CIVA Staff and rotating featured CIVA artists, theologians, and cultural leaders.

We recognize our members come from a variety of prayer traditions and practices. As Christians, we believe Christ unites us, and this is an opportunity to embrace the diversity within these different traditions and learn from each other. Therefore, we are committed to creating an environment where all participants are comfortable regardless of their background or prayer practices.


Scripture Reading


Featured Art

Blind Beggar April 1965, Douglas Gilbert

Featured Poem

Ordinary Time by Randall VanderMey

Lord, I want to be in that number

the ordinal weeks marching in

for without the gleam of angel hosts

irruption of an empty tomb

dancing little tongues of fire

these hours would be null

these words pomp and frill.

Like a letter between pages

of the family Book

into our time unmarked and touchable

He slipped. Into the ordinary

ration of spirit and victual

He poured excess

honey-smooth and reeking

reduced himself to bread and wine

to be chewed, choked down

a dry throat. We speak

words not our own

for without response the call

is a dying echo

< Gr. leitos (public) ergon (work)

So this is our work liturgical, together

out loud not left for collar and frock

ordinary work ordinary time

for He has pitched his tent among us

and with all the saints goes whistling to work

first day of the weak.


Kathy T. Hettinga is an award-winning book artist, designer, and photographer with a BFA from Calvin College and an MFA from Colorado State University. She designed the SEEN Journal for over a decade and has taught at Messiah College, Indiana Purdue, Colorado State, and for IMAGE in Santa Fe. Hettinga’s residencies and fellowships include Yale’s Institute of Sacred Arts, Luce Center for Arts and Religion, Pyramid Atlantic, and WSW. Her works are in numerous institutional and museum collections including UCLA, Fogg Museum of Harvard, NMWA, and the Library of Congress. She is interested in how personal narrative reveals spiritual spaces. 


Douglas R. Gilbert has been a serious photographer since the age of fourteen. When he was twenty-one, he joined the staff of LOOK magazine in New York as the second youngest photojournalist in the magazine’s history. A few years later, he left LOOK to work as an artist and taught at Columbia College in Chicago and then as an Assistant Professor at Wheaton College, IL.  His current work focuses mainly on the qualities of sunlight expressed in the landscape.  His last 2 projects have focused on the light and landscape in Italy.


For the past four years, after a lifetime of writing and teaching writing, Dr. Randall VanderMey has adopted the practice of iPhone photography (@rvandermey) in which he has discovered a way to fuse poetry, visual art, philosophy, and Christian reflection. His work has won prizes in juried shows in his hometown of Santa Barbara, CA, and been featured in three one-person shows and numerous other local and regional juried exhibitions. His photos and poems appear in a series of six limited-edition books he has designed and published. 

VanderMey is the lead author of a college composition textbook, a book of essays about Christian clichés, a book of poetry, numerous published poems and stories, assorted articles and essays, a 24-song poetry cycle set to contemporary music, and three produced plays. He is a graduate of Calvin College who went on to graduate study of English at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Iowa, and in the midst of his doctoral work received an M.F.A. in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Since finishing his graduate program, VanderMey has taught English full-time for ten years in Iowa, at Dordt College and Iowa State University, and for the last 30 years at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.   


September 30
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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