Arts Wednesdays: Introducing Jeana Lee and poetry from Mary Oliver

This is the second of seven pieces meant to introduce our readers to participants in our ordination preparation course at The Seminary of the Christian Community in North America. These students now stand before the last threshold in the priest-training, with ordinations planned for May of 2021. Each one will contemplate a work – or works – of art that speak to their path and Christ’s working in the world in some way.

“…I tell you this
to break your heart,
by which I mean only
that it break open and never close again…”

– Mary Oliver in the poem, “Lead”, from New and Selected Poems, Volume 2

This week, guest author and ordination preparation student, Jeana Lee, brings us five poems by Mary Oliver. Her piece is really a spoken word piece; a beautiful reflection on each poem and how it has helped, comforted and guided her soul through life – and how these poems can do the same for us.

You can read the text of the poems on our seminary blog here. 

Our thanks to Elliott Chamberlin who composed the opening music for this episode, “In Great Depths” and the closing music, “Seeking Together”.  You can find more of his music here.