by Linda Post Bushkofsky
Paul might have told the Corinthians that he’d given up childish ways once he became an adult (1 Corinthians 13:11), but lucky for me, that adage doesn’t apply to coloring books. That’s right, I—and a few hundred thousand other adults—have reclaimed the childhood joy of coloring.
Hopping on the adult coloring bandwagon, Women of the ELCA has created a coloring sheet based on our Tenth Triennial Gathering logo, “All Anew.” The sheet can be used in different ways depending upon the size of the group you’re addressing.
If you’re meeting with a circle or small group (say, fewer than 20 women), you could have the sheet out for people as they arrive, invite them to start coloring, and once everyone is present, do a blessing over the coloring and the triennial, and let people continue to color while you talk.
Participating in an inter-generational mother/daughter/friend event? This would be a wonderful activity for everyone. In a larger group you could include the coloring sheet as a take-home handout (with encouragement that they copy it and share with others in their congregation, for example).
Of course, you could use the “All Anew” coloring sheet alone, too.
What’s the appeal of coloring for adults? By coloring, people can relax, unwind, reduce anxiety, and even practice mindfulness. One coloring enthusiast says it’s a “way to unplug and reset our brains.” Coloring adds creativity and art to your life, especially for those who don’t feel particularly artistic.
Coloring can take on the nature of a spiritual discipline, especially if you combine it with prayer.
Use the “All Anew” coloring sheet to pray for the planners and presenters at the triennial gathering. Pray for those who attend and those who make it possible for others to attend. Share it with your friends and invite them to come with you to the triennial gathering.