October 19th, 2012 | Christina Jeter
Twas a dark and stormy night … no, honestly, it was insane!
Tornado sirens wailed their complaints as torrents of rain shook the windows of the Bellwether Gallery. Still, a handful of students braved the storm and attended Epiphany’s Homecoming Coffeehouse. Epiphany is Evangel University’s literary magazine. Once a month, Epiphany puts on a coffeehouse for Evangel students.
Originally coffeehouses were designed to raise money for the magazine, but over time the coffeehouses evolved into a venue that allows students to share their work and receive beneficial feedback. Each coffeehouse surrounds a theme selected by the Epiphany staff members. Some of the presented works reflect the theme, but some don’t. Every coffeehouse is unique because the performances are original. Class status doesn’t matter when performing at Epiphany because both incoming freshman and hardened seniors have equal opportunity to perform. Even Alumni students occasionally make an appearance.
The stormy atmosphere increased the artistic vibe Saturday night. With warm coffee in hand and eager ears, the students in attendance embraced each performer. I was able to share an older short story and some new poetry. Ebony Neal, a new student, also performed. This was her second time to perform at an Epiphany coffeehouse. Whenever she performs, I am blown away. Her passion is tangible; her mission evident. Her words reflect the pain she has experienced and the hope she has found through Christ.
I think that’s why I love Epiphany so much. Jesus is tangible through the words fellow artists. When I listen to other artists, I see Christ exemplified in a way I can both appreciate and understand. My heart connects with the yearning of their souls because it reflects the yearning of mine.
Regardless of background or denomination or ethnicity or major, Epiphany is a safe environment for artistic expression at Evangel University. Art is a way to worship our Creator. Art is spiritual exploration. Whether through spoken word, musical performance, or painting, Epiphany has a place for you.
If you find yourself looking for a weekend activity, check out Epiphany. Flyers typically go up around campus the week before the next event, so keep an eye out and a pen in hand. We would love to hear your amazing performance. However, even if you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, come to Epiphany because nonperformers are always welcome.
Want More? Learn more about the Bellwether Art Gallery, which features the artwork of Evangel students and faculty in downtown Springfield, Missouri.