Cherry Winkle Moore, MFA, MDiv

Minister of Fine Arts

Making Divine Images Visible

Cherry Winkle Moore is a visual artist and a hospice chaplain. Cherry has a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting, drawing and printmaking from the University of Alabama. Later she completed a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in pastoral care. Cherry sometimes says that in her case the MFA stands for Minister of Fine Arts and the MDiv stands for Making Divine Images Visible.

Cherry has a son, Judson, who is a Citizen of the World. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Kyrgyzstan) and has traveled widely. You can read about his adventures at Her other son, Lew, lives in Heaven.

Cherry was ordained to the gospel ministry in 2000 by Emmanuel Baptist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana and is endorsed as a hospice chaplain by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Although Cherry is employed by Hospice Brazos Valley in Bryan, Texas the views expressed here are her own and not those of the agency or of any agency or of any person or organization affiliated or doing business with the agency.

Letter to my son on faith and church

I wrote this letter to my son after he and I visited a church a couple of years ago. I wanted him to understand certain opinions I hold. Now I share them with you. Dear Son, Here are some thoughts on the Affirmation of Faith at the website of the church we visited...

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Ann’s Fountain: Poem written at Laity Lodge, 2011

Artist's Retreat, 2011. Ian Cron asked us to go experience water and come back in about twenty minutes. This happened. It's taken me six years to share it. ANN’S FOUNTAIN Go to water, he says. Listen to the water. Look at the water. I go to the fountain by the path on...

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“Rooted and Grounded” – A Painting

I attended a spiritual retreat sometime in the 90s. At the first meeting the retreat leader passed out index cards. Each one had a different scripture reference. “Throughout this retreat these verses will be ‘yours.’ Whenever we have quiet times, meditate on these...

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“Redemption” – The Story of a Painting

The Beginning of this Painting Every year in the week before Easter some churches in Houston sponsor an open art exhibit with a theme from the life of Christ. In 2015 the theme was “Redemption.” I spent a long time trying to come up with an image that fit the theme....

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“Where I’m From” – a Poem

I am from the King James Bible and the Singer Sewing Machine and the '52 Chevy. I am from the hand-built house with a smokey fireplace, an outhouse, a grand piano, and hollyhocks by the front door. I am from catching fireflies in the evening and snapping string beans...

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A “Lost” Painting is Found

This painting was "lost" to me for 41 years. I painted it in 1974 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where I was a graduate student in the Fine Arts Department. When we were leaving Birmingham in 1976, I left it with a friend. I told her she could have it or take it to Baptist...

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FIRE: a poem by Judy Sorum Brown and a book page of mine

A couple of years ago I took a page in a book called Creativity by Matthew Fox and made a "found word" poem. Story is fire, heat, warm, food. Creativity is essence, empowerment. This weekend I spent some time with Judy Sorum Brown's poem on the same topic. I first...

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Matthew 15:10-28; What defiles a person

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, College Station, Texas - August 17, 2014 Artist -In-Residence Program, Cherry Moore, artist MEDITATION ON THE TEXT I read the text through twice with silence in between.  Before the second reading I encouraged people to visualize the...

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Some Thoughts on Hope and Mary

We hope. We don’t have to give up hope but sometimes our hopes have to change. Mary probably hoped to marry Joseph, have some children and have a quiet life in Nazareth. That changed when the angel Gabriel shared the news with her about Jesus.  After that she may have...

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