Invitation to Photography: Give Me a Word

Welcome to this month's Abbey Photo Party!

button-photographyI select a theme and invite you to respond with images.

We began this month with a Community Lectio Divina practice where you were invited to pray with one of the stories of the desert fathers and mothers where one monk asks another "give me a word."

You were invited to share your word for 2014 here (you can still share it, although prize winners have been announced).

I invite you for this month's Photo Party to hold your word for 2014 in your heart as you walk in the world and see which images shimmer forth in response.  See what new dimensions of your word are revealed through the gift of photography.

You are also welcome to post photos of any other art you create inspired by the theme.  See what stirs your imagination!

How to participate:

You can post your photo either in the comment section below* (there is now an option to upload a file with your comment) or you can join our Holy Disorder of Dancing Monks Facebook group and post there. Feel free to share a few words about the process of receiving this image and how it speaks of your word for you.

*Note: If this is your first time posting, or includes a link, your comment will need to be moderated before it appears. This is to prevent spam and should be approved within 24 hours.


  1. Sister Helen E. says

    Into the UNKNOWN! This is my "word for 2014" By entering this photos I am taking a step into the UNKNOWN, since I'm not sure how to undertake this step; just going into the UNKNOWN.

  2. says

    The world shimmers, and my word is light. I will try once more to upload a photo I call "light painting." I received it early one morning at Brazos Bend State Park in Texas as I looked for alligators and waterfowl. Contemplative photography has made Light a pathway to Presence for me.

  3. Joanie says

    This is a composite of the word dream I had during the 12 days of Christmas. I ate "allow" cereal for breakfast and dressed in an "allow" garment. I've taken the liberty of creating some "allow" jewelry also.

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