October 16, 2008


Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 9:43 pm by Rev. Thomas Perchlik

I have been having fun creating “beautiful word clouds” with Wordle [at wordle.net].  There one can put in text, any text, sermons, poems, lists… Then the program makes art out of them.  It chooses the fifty most used words and arranges them.  You can adjust the arrangement a little, the font and color, etc.

I like putting in the text of my sermons and getting art, little visual pictures of the sermons.  I think the best ones have one or two central words that stand out and anchor the wordle.  Sometimes the program makes unintentional messages, putting two words like “divisive” and “church” or “know, another, feeling” next to one another.  It is great.  Lots of fun for word nerds like myself.

Here is my sermon for Amy Kindred’s Ordination: