Journey Center of Chicago


  • Mary Putera
    Mary Putera

    LMHC, MDIV, CAGS, PhD candidate
    Mary Putera is a licensed mental health counselor, expressive arts therapist, and community art facilitator. Mary has over 25 years of experience in the fields of mental health, relationship care, trauma recovery, and community development. Her work history is intentionally rich in cross-cultural work, wellness, work with marginalized communities and peace building. She is open and affirming of the LGTBQIA community and has years of experience caring for and providing people of this community and their families life affirming supportive care. Mary engages the work from a holistic perspective, listening for places of strength, need, and integration of the whole person, body, mind, soul and relational capacities. She welcomes the opportunity to come alongside those who would benefit from therapeutic care.



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Oct 02 2019 - Dec 04 2019


Central Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm





Art-Making as Meditation Series

Online Art-Making as Meditation Series: A space where intuitive wisdom and imagination move us forward.

“The Hebrew word for art/craft is amanut, whose root produces words such as trust, faithful and amen, as said at the end of prayer. Taken together, the Hebrew word offers hints to the art’s spiritual dimension. As an artist, aumen, I have trust, emuna, in my creative potential and ability to stay faithful, ne’eman, to myself – all rooted in my faith in Creator.” (Edna Miron-Wapner, 2019, p.25)

Art-making as meditation, is to live the very process of accepting our identity as image bearers, creative ones able to express and extend what God inspires in us, into form that speaks to us and through us of God with us. We will be together, in the silence, in the presence of an empty page, in the first marks and finished expressions of what comes. We will witness each others experience and expressions honoring each artist and the Art which comes. We will close in gratefulness and hope.

All Are Welcome! All levels of experience from none to much, will find place in this faithful practice.

Materials needed each week: 

  • 2 sheets of newsprint
  • 1 piece of multi-media paper
  • Charcoal (from a campfire/or purchased)
  • Pastels (12 color box is sufficient)
  • Journal
  • Pen

I look forward to welcoming you!


These workshops will be facilitated by Rev. Mary Putera LMHC, MDiv. CAGS, PhD candidate

Cost: $60
Dates: Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4 2019
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Central Time)