|Important words were shared by many members and friends of First United Church Bloomington.|
|Words cascade like musical notes up and down the hallway gallery.|
I received many great submissions – enough to fill our long hallway gallery. Some were funny, others poignant. The time I spent with these words, typesetting, mounting and hanging the exhibit felt quite holy – yet interestingly none of the submissions was from a religious text. People from many generations participated. I found it was a way of involving people who would not necessarily consider themselves artistic in the traditional sense. With the help of lots of leftover foam core and some black bulletin board borders, the words are mounted on a cascading series of lines along the hallway – reminiscent of the music we make each week.
The Gift of Words is now being enjoyed each day by members, friends and visitors. People tell me that they read a few each time they are in the building, allowing themselves to savor The Gift of Words from others.