Lark Howell is a native of Anniston, Alabama where she attends Grace Episcopal Church. She has served on two vestries, the Altar Guild, the Healing Ministry, the Preservation Committee and is currently a Eucharistic minister. She is a past chairman of the Alabama Diocesan Commission on Spirituality and has been co-chairman of Kanuga’s Liturgical Arts Conference for the past 10 years. Lark is married to Joe, and together they are co-founders of The Institute for Conscious Being, which teaches the spirituality of the Enneagram. Her leisure time is filled with creative activities such as needlework, photography, flower arranging, gardening, traveling and pampering their three cocker spaniels. Today Lark continues to find meaning, creative expression and pure joy in being a part of the Liturgical Arts Conference. “It is a personal blessing to be a part of such an event which touches so many lives. For me it is an annual spiritual renewal offering new creative ways to express and share my faith.”
The Rev. Pam Smith is pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Nashville, TN. What a privilege to serve this gathering as your chaplain and worship leader! I’ve been a regular attendee for several years, and I keep coming back for very good reasons. There is spaciousness in our gathering—room to rest, to reflect, to explore, to return, to be still and to laugh out loud. In no respect could I ever be considered an accomplished artist. However, I am a devoted dabbler—colors, textures, nuances, new ways of seeing. All of these are some of my joy as a child of God. I am giving particular care to planning our special worship services and our daily liturgies. And, as you might have need or desire to talk as you live into the creativity or faith or ponderings of these days together, I’m close at hand and welcome such holy conversations. And, I hope that we may simply have moments of ordinariness.