As a tenured associate professor, having taught at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA for twenty-three years, Connie addressed college students daily, lectured in public and read her scholarly papers to colleagues across the country.
She is the first woman to be ordained in the Methodist Evangelical Church of the USA (MECUSA) in their 235 year history. Along with that notable distinction, a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) was conferred upon her for recognition of successful and faithful ministry in her over forty years of pastoral work.
Connie’s broad knowledge base equips her to address numerous topics about the Christian Imagination and the importance of story in the art of communication. It’s been said that she can lecture for at least 36 straight hours about C.S. Lewis’ life and writings, and never repeat herself once!
Connie enjoys travel, gardening, cooking, hospitality, doting on her three children and seven grandchildren, teaching the young children in the church, adoring babies, and flying through colorful 1,000 piece Charles Wysoki puzzles. She is a voracious reader and loves teaching. Together with Dan, she has been active in pastoral ministry for over four decades.
As a tenured associate professor, having taught at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA for twenty-three years, Connie addressed college students daily, lectured in public, and read her scholarly papers to colleagues across the country.
She has taught English literature and writing, American Literature, Romanticism and the Transcendentalists, World Literature, Mythology, Faith and Film, The Christian Imagination, The Literature of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, Critical Thinking and Writing, plus Psychology, Communications courses in Rhetoric and Persuasion, Speech courses, and Critical Theory. Her broad knowledge base equips her to address numerous topics about the Christian Imagination and the importance of story in the art of communication.
Connie has a BA in English from Chico State University, in Chico, CA, an BA in Bible and Theology from Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND, a masters degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, and doctoral studies in Communication at Regent University, in Virginia Beach, VA. She is not only a professor of literature, but she is an excellent preacher of biblical texts – with keen insights delivered with true sensitivity.
Connie is an ordained minister with MECUSA – the Methodist Evangelical Church of the USA – a ministerial organization that has its origins in the early years of the founding of the nation. She is the first ordained woman in MECUSA in their 235 year history. In addition to that notable distinction, a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) was conferred upon her for recognition of successful and faithful ministry in her over forty years of pastoral work.
Connie is a voracious reader and an insightful writer about the importance of mystery stories and the genre of the fairy tale –
their structure, their content, and the vital roll they play in today’s society.
Even the literary form of Westerns has not escaped her scrutiny. “Westerns, like Gunsmoke, and others, are very much in the style of the fairy tale,” she says. “They begin with a kind of, ‘Once upon a time’ approach, and take the reader into a story that could easily be converted into traditional fairy tale forms.”
It is this kind of cross discipline sensitivity that gives Connie rich insights into the topics she teaches.
It has been said that Connie Rice can lecture for at least 36 straight hours about C. S. Lewis’ life and writings and never repeat herself once. Such is the extent of her knowledge of Lewis, Tolkien, the Inklings and all its related members and materials.
She is more than well-acquainted with this celebrated community of writers and their works. To say that Constance is merely a C. S. Lewis scholar is an understatement.
Along with her husband, Dan, Connie has been active in pastoral ministry for over four decades. Her gentle, compassionate approach toward all people is demonstrated in her remarkable gift of hospitality. Connie’s dining room table has been the scene of life-transforming moments for many people while enjoying high tea or a meal together. Engaging in rich conversations about life and living well, people from all over the world have found a place of acceptance and love at her table.
Connie’s special attention to personal details and to the uniqueness of every individual has enriched countless visitors, guests, family, and friends.
These days, Dan works in his studio, lectures widely, consults on environmental aesthetics, works on painting and sculptural commissions, and teaches art students in a variety of media.
His multi-level courses include charcoal drawing, acrylic and oil painting, digital photography,”Art & Culture” classes, art history, painting for social change, and communicating cross-culturally through the many expressions of the arts wherever people are seeking to effectively improve their aesthetic understanding and skills.
Dan is a husband, father of three, and grandfather of seven. He’s an inspiring motivational speaker, an ordained minister and humanitarian.
Dan has a professional art career that includes creative direction for advertising agencies, book publishers, public relations for colleges and universities, as well as training in graphic design and public art forms such murals, decorative work in church interiors, live painting in public events, and sculptural commissions.
He has served as a pastor for over 40 years, most recently as Rector (senior pastor) of Emmanuel Anglican Church in Seattle, Washington for over a decade.
Dan holds a masters degree from Regent College, University of British Columbia. He was honored with a D.D. (doctor of divinity – honoris causa) in Washington, DC, in Constitution Hall, and was honored both as Canon and Archdeacon in the Convocation of Anglicans in North America.
He studied art at several schools including The Seattle Academy of Fine Art (Gage), and The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies – (Keble College) – University of Oxford. He has extensive international field-research in public art forms – from historical fresco cycles to the massive public works of Diego Rivera in the twentieth century.
Dan is skilled in a number of visual and tactile media from drawing and painting, to clay/stone sculpting and bronze casting. His broad understanding of artistic mediums combine to produce a solid practicum founded on knowledge, innovation and imagination. Much of his work is for the public setting, and he specializes on the creation of sacred spaces – both micro (personal) and macro (public) – from one’s private uses to those employed on a grand scale.
In 2008, Dan presented large-canvas art before live audiences at five locations across China. He continues to perform live art throughout the US. He also offers specialized workshops for individuals that are serious about learning how to paint “large, fast, and powerfully” in a public setting.
Dan is an art scholar as well as a working artist who personally coordinates and leads art tours to England and Europe. He’s an avid student of Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture, about which he has lectured for the past twenty years. He himself has grown into something of a modern Renaissance man!
As an art educator, Dan personally prepares and conducts museum-tours and travel-courses in the US, Canada, Italy and the UK. He frequently speaks and writes about issues of art and culture as they relate to the humanities, spirituality, and a wide spectrum of aesthetic and humanitarian concerns.
Dan’s subject matter often possess rich philosophic, psychological and spiritual characteristics. Even his charcoal portraits capture something of the inner psychological workings of his models. A special group of charcoal drawings captures the feeling of The Seven Deadly Sins, using wild beasts as metaphors for these dangerous human traits.
The breadth of his interdisciplinary education provides rare insight drawing from deep history and multiple cultures. He is a versatile and mature working artist, a fascinating storyteller and energetic public speaker.
Dan’s desire is to inspire others as he shares what he knows. His goal is to motivate people to “try new things,” that they might grow more deeply into their own artistic expressions. He says, “We are all hoping to communicate our hearts more effectively; to be accepted and valued for who we are, and for what we feel inside. We can do that best through well thought-out and skillfully articulated aesthetic creations.”
Dan’s decorative mural creations have been seen in many public venues. Permanent installations of his work can be seen today at Holy Rosary Catholic church in West Seattle, Washington, The Chapel of the Resurrection in Bothell, Washington, and at The Organization for Education in Northern China, located in Springfield, Missouri.
His research projects in the realm of “public art forms” include the U.S., England, France, Italy, Central America, Mexico, and China. Along with his study of Diego Rivera’s works are the investigation of the careers of David Siqueiros, and David Orozco. These three famous Mexican Mural Painters of the early twentieth century comprise what is known as Los Tres Grandes, “The Three Great Ones.” Their work made an enormous impact on 20th century North American culture, and demonstrates the power of public art on the collective sentiments of a society.
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