Artful Theology in the Making

Maria Fee Three young and beautifully turbaned African American women sit center stage. They mirror in their demeanor, placement, and clothing the heavenly beings depicted in Andrei Rublev’s 1425 icon of the Trinity. The women’s message derives from Dannielle Carr’s thesis Where Were You? An Exploration of the Presence of God—a literary project which follows… Continue Reading

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Making Space and Making Place

By Eva Ting Four years ago, Redeemer Presbyterian Church opened its doors for the first time to its very own building, with the vision of providing not just a worship space for the congregants but also a gathering place for the community at-large in New York City. Space is a precious commodity, especially in a… Continue Reading

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Making Psalms

By Nicora Gangi My only objective is to paint a Christ so moving that those who see him will be converted. —George Rouault A God who lets us prove his existence would be an idol. —Dietrich Bonhoeffer Pondering the weighty parameters suggested above, I embark on the task of creating Scripture-inspired collages with no small… Continue Reading

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Making a Place to Welcome the Absent

By Shannon Sigler The painter’s continual search is for a place to welcome the absent. If he finds a place, he arranges it and prays for the face of the absent to appear. As you know, the face of the absent can be the back side of a mule! There are no hierarchies, thank God.… Continue Reading

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Making Good[s]

By Keith Barker Creation is not copying, not filling an order, not meeting a need. It is risking oneself in the new. —Eugene Peterson [1] In his interpretation of St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians, Eugene Peterson reminds us to: “Live creatively…make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you’ve been given, and… Continue Reading

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Creating and Making – The Interplay

By Jeff Yourison Creating and making, while apparently similar, nevertheless remain distinct. The interplay between the two, however, proves fascinating. One might think of creating as the larger, envisioning concept, and making as a means toward the realization of that creative idea. God is the original Creator. Being the great “I AM,” God’s big idea… Continue Reading

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Vanitas for our Age

By Lauren Tilden An unexpected melding of two worlds struck a dissonant chord which resonated across the internet recently when Kanye West revealed his video “Famous,” inspired by artist Vincent Desiderio’s “Sleep.” For those in the world of fine arts, it might have produced a disgruntled sigh to think it would take West to make Desiderio… Continue Reading

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Martinez is Missing

Karen J. Sangren Upon opening my university emails, I read the chilling words, “Ben Martinez* is missing. He has not been heard from in four days. His disappearance has been reported to the San Diego Police Department.” My heart sank. I confirmed his name on my recent class rosters and then began to pray for… Continue Reading

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Making a Storybook Bible

Ned Bustard talks with Tanja Butler Ned: Tanja, you and I have worked together on a couple of projects over the years and I love your work, and so it was a given for me that you would be part of Revealed: A Bible Storybook for Grown-ups. What was your favorite aspect of participating in… Continue Reading

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Making Critique

By Wayne Adams on FIREWALL Internet Café NYC by Joyce Yu-Jean Lee Critical art is an art that aims to produce a new perception of the world, and therefore to create a commitment to its transformation. —Jacques Rancière Lately I’ve been considering a few questions related to the theme of CIVA’s 2017 biennial conference theme, Making,… Continue Reading

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