Christa Pandey at Thirsty Thursday
February 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at New Life Lutheran Church
An emerging congregation, envisioning a real church to be built on RR 12 land purchased by mission developers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America...that's what prompted Thirsty Thursday poet Christa Pandey to offer her photo exhibit of “Holy Places” now on display at New Life Lutheran Church, 120 Frog Pond Lane off Highway 290 in Dripping Springs.
Pandey's pictures and latest publications will be featured presentations at 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 20, according to Thirsty Thursday venue host Nancy Fierstien. “Christa has created a wonderful exhibit of the many churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, stupas, and shrines she has had the fortune to visit in many parts of the world.”
She'll also be sharing works from two insightful new books she's had published by CreateSpace – Maya: Glimpses of the Mahabharata and Hummingbird Wings: Karma Meditation. Copies of these books are available on Amazon.com.
“Hummingbird Wings is an attempt to tiptoe into the Bhagavad Gita, the most well-known part of the Mahabharata,” Pandey said. In conjunction with her new publications, she has created a blog for further discussions at http://karmawings.wordpress.com.
Pandey said she had offered “on a whim” to create the photo exhibit, which has been well received by the people at New Life. “While looking through hundreds of images it struck me, how similar the devotion must be that has created massive cathedrals, exquisite cave temples, gopurams encrusted with holy images in past centuries,” she remarked.
“Mathematical precision and geometric perfection, elegant goldsmithing, all pursued for the higher glory of the venerated deity. In showing these 'disparate' images from different religions side by side, it becomes evident that a greater God must have inspired all these architects, artists and artisans to set stone upon stone or chisel away, often for generations.
“In our 'instant' world we can no longer imagine such patience, such devotion, such deep religiosity,” she also observed.
Her featured presentation will be followed by an Open Mike session, in which local poets, songwriters, musicians and storytellers can share their own works. “The chosen theme for February's Open Mike is a lighthearted one -- To Sneeze or Not to Sneeze,” Fierstien said. “You are all free to sneeze or not to sneeze at that!”
Admission is free, and so is the listening. So are the refreshments, but food pantry donations are encouraged. For more information, call 512-858-2024.
Thirsty Thursday schedule for 2014