Christ in Glory

For artist Kathryn Carrington, creating an icon is more prayer than painting. “The icon is my prayer,” says Carrington, who was commissioned by the Divinity School to create “Christ in Glory” for its new worship space. “It’s all about gazing and growing.”

To read more about this icon in the latest issue of Divinity magazine, click here.

Photo: “Christ in Glory”, 2008, written by Kathryn Carrington, Divinity magazine, Spring 2009, Volume 8, Number 2

© 2009 J. Dana Trent

Faith and Leadership

Leadership Education at Duke Divinity recently launched its website Faith & Leadership . The site features profiles in leadership, news of the day, opinion pieces, sermons, and general resources on the topic. I have yet to browse through the entire site, but I find my initial visits fascinating. This is a topic that current church leaders will embrace and access, and that I believe the future generation of theologians/church leaders will find helpful as well. What do you make of the intersection of faith and leadership? What is “Christian about Christian leadership?”

© 2009 J. Dana Trent

I Wish You Love

I wish you shelter from the storm
A cozy fire to keep you warm
But most of all
When snowflakes fall
I wish you love

“I Wish You Love” is a popular love song featured in many films and covered by numerous artists throughout the decades. The music was originally written by Leo Chauliac, with French lyrics under the title “Que reste-t-il de nos amours?” by Charles Tenet. The English lyrics were written by Albert A. Beach, and while they are not a translation of the French, both the English and French poetry capture the nostalgia of love. Though typically considered a ‘break-up song’ – “I Wish You Love” is a delightful way to usher in the New Year and a gentle snow storm – reminding us of romance and hope during the coldest days of the calendar.

I wish you bluebirds in the spring
To give your heart a song to sing
And then a kiss
But more than this
I wish you love

And in July a lemonade
To cool you in some leafy glade
I wish you health
And more than wealth
I wish you love


Photo: a curve on a North Carolina mountain road – reminding us of life’s twists and turns. We never know what surprises will unfold on the road ahead. Photo credit:

© 2009 J. Dana Trent