Scarritt Bennett provides on-going and one time offerings to center faith-based racial and social justice work in spiritual and cultural practices that cultivate transformation, self-care, and creative expression.
Laskey Gallery is a quarterly art exhibit features local and national artists whose lives blend the creative and the spiritual to produce inspiring work that casts an artist’s eye on issues of racial equality, women’s empowerment, intercultural understanding, and spiritual formation.
The exhibit is located on the second floor of Laskey Hall and is free and open to visitors between the hours of 8 am and 9 pm daily. In addition, all are invited to attend the quarterly opening of each new exhibit, which includes an artist meet and greet and a reception. Come celebrate the movement of art and spirit in our world!
1.9.19 – 3.29.19: Shifting Perspective: Images of Hope in Troubled Times
Reception: January 16, 4:30-6:30 pm
Featuring works by: Sue Henry, Susan W. N. Ruach, Mary Rice & Sharon Brown Christopher
Poet’s Corner invites you to join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by a featured local poet at 7:00 pm–8:00 pm in Fondren Hall.
Poet’s Corner is always free and open to the public.
Over the years, various themes have surfaced: religious and faith based; emotions including love, hate, hurt, frustration, etc; personal reflections and observations of life; nature; resistance to the “isms” of society. Our initial purposes were to provide a space for poets to read their work in an informal setting, to talk about their poems, and to be in dialogue with the audience. Audiences have included family, friends, former students, other poets, and many simply interested in hearing good poetry.
Storylines is the Scarritt Bennett Women’s Book Club which meets the 2nd Monday of each month in Fondren Hall, 7:00-8:15 PM. Women of all ages, faiths, and ethnicities are invited to become members of the book club. The club provides a unique opportunity to meet new people, enrich your reading experience, and expand your perspectives. Lively conversation and fellowship are guaranteed.
The Labyrinth is a powerful symbol of spiritual journey that was introduced into medieval prayer practice when traditional pilgrimages to the holy land became too dangerous for most travelers. Both in that time, and in our time, people have found it helpful for meditation.
Scarritt Bennett’s labyrinth is a seven-circuit medieval labyrinth. It labyrinth has only one path. There are no tricks or no dead ends. Instead, the path winds throughout, becoming a mirror for where we are in our lives. It touches our sorrows and releases our joys. Pilgrims are encouraged to walk the labyrinth with an open mind and open heart.
Located in the campus International Peace Garden, Scarritt Bennett Center’s outdoor labyrinth is open to the public every day during daylight hours. The labyrinth’s starting point is in front of Gibson Hall’s arched window.