This term our learning is based around the topic, “How is Christianity expressed through the arts?”
Today’s lesson explores the meaning of the word “spiritual” and what this might mean to different people.
Your first task, before we do anything else, is to write your own definition about what the word “spiritual” means to you. Do not worry if you are not sure, just think about what the word sounds like it might mean. People tend to interpret this word in different ways and often disagree on exactly what it means, so do not worry about being wrong! You should post your definition now – we will come back to these later in the term. It may well be that you change your mind during the term!
Then you should watch the video using the link below. This explains to you that being spiritual does not mean that you must have a faith or religion, and shows how people use the arts to be spiritual.
The video ends by saying that being spiritual doesn’t have to mean being religious. It says that being spiritual is to do with our human spirit and how things make us feel. Being spiritual is to do with our thoughts and beliefs. It can be a wonderful and natural response to beauty. So whatever you believe, you can use art, music, poetry and stories to share your feelings and ask questions about life and what it all means.
Which of the works of art below do you like? Which of them give you a spiritual experience? Why is this? What do you like about it? How does it make you feel? Write about your thoughts below.
This should take 45 minutes.