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Beautiful Organ Concert Feb 11

Join us for a one hour program of organ music, readings from the Psalms and visual reflections based on Kintsugi inspired art. This thoughtful program begins the Lutheran season of Lent, a time for reflection and preparation leading up the resurrection of Christ on Easter.

“Broken but Beautiful” is  a six week Lenten faith and arts program to be offered at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in downtown Toledo. Several events are planned that draw upon the traditional Japanese art of kintsugi, or 'gold repair,' that has been practiced to repair ceramics throughout Japanese history.

HeART Gallery will host a Kintsugi-inspired exhibit of hand-made paper works, sculptures, paintings, clothing, and ceramic pieces all created with the idea and practice of kintsugi in relation to everyday life.  As gold is used to repair broken ceramics in kintsugi, highlighting the break rather than erasing it, the exhibit invites guests to see a correlation between our role in the environment,  our relationships with others and our reaction to personal trauma or loss. Guests will be asked to view these “breaks” through a “Kintsigi lens”, as part of the healing process and/or need for change.

Other innovative events based on the kintsugi theme include:

Sun Feb 11 2:00pm Organ Concert by members of the American Guild of Organists on a Lenten theme of the Psalms (60 minute program, time for Super Bowl at 6pm)

Thurs Feb 15 12:00pm Lunch & Learn with Sheila Otto, author and speaker. She will lead a discussion on the kintsugi method and healing, with an opportunity to make kintsugi inspired paper hearts for Valentines Day

Tuesday Feb 20 4-7pm MakerSpace Kintsugi Ceramics. Break and mend a small dish using  “gold repair” as seen in Japanese kintsugi art. 90 minutes project, come and go.

Friday Feb 23 5:00pm Enjoy a Caravaggio-inspired Meal with members of NCVA (Network of Christians in the Visual Arts) and then head to the Toledo Museum of Art for a 7pm lecture with Bishop Thomas and Adam Levine

Tuesday Feb 27 4-7pm MakerSpace Kintsugi Ceramics. Break and mend a small dish using  “gold repair” as seen in Japanese kintsugi art. 90 minutes project, come and go.

Thurs Mar 21 12:00pm Lunch & Learn with Elizabeth Napier, UT professor of Textiles. She will lead a discussion on “fast fashion” thru a kintsugi lens of repair and recycling clothing; considering our closets, climate and consumer trends.

People, like pottery, can be broken, but with healing, can emerge stronger and renewed. Worship services during the reflective period of Lent will follow this kintsugi theme by including the reading of a selected Psalm at each service. A

Bible study with meal ed by Pastor Pete will follow the services on Feb 18, 25 and March 3, 10, 17. Small kintsugi craft

projects will be included several weeks. Services begin at 10:15am in the sanctuary.

St Paul's Lutheran is located at 428 N. Erie Street, downtown Toledo. Parking is free adjacent to the building, which is

handicap accessible. For reservations and questions contact


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