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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Dr Ursula Glieneke of Costa Brava, artist and theologian

Dr Ursula Glieneke is a postulant for holy orders in this diocese, and a member of one of our newer parishes, Costa Brava. A truly international person, typical of our diocese, Ursula was born in Latvia and has lived in Germany, Norway, Ireland before her current residence in Spain.

Besides being a theologian, Ursula is also an artist. She has a current exhibition in Germany, in the City Church in Bad Windungen, entitled "Listening to Fragility".

On the day after the opening of the exhibition in the Bad Wildungen Church, there was a particularly moving encounter at a service at which Ursula was taking part, as she talked about vulnerability and fragility to the congregation which included many who were confirmed there in 1945 and were celebrating their confirmation anniversary that day.

Ursula sees her art as a way to convey her Christian faith in a contemporary world. The themes of her art range from the environment, inter-religious dialogue, psychology and theology.

Ursula with her husband Michael and parish priest Anne Jenkins
Back in her home parish of Costa Brava, Ursula keeps busy working alongside her parish priest the Revd Anne Jenkins, on a variety of duties including preaching, leading meditations and Bible study, worship planning, and youth group meetings.

Some of her art on exhibit in Bad Windungen is below

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