The Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality promotes visual and performing arts, organizes educational programs, and facilitates ecumenical exchange. Via Sacra, home of the Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre in Barga, Italy, provides a context for reflection and discussion about faith and creativity, contemplation and communication, liturgy and beauty.
Since its beginning, Christianity has recognized the power of the Arts to enlarge faith through sanctified imagination, illustrate truth and beauty, and turn souls toward Christ. Throughout Christian history, great works of art, architecture, drama, poetry, and music have been created to enrich liturgy, enliven teaching, and evangelize the world, proclaiming the hope of the Gospel message and sharing more deeply the mysteries of the faith.
The same Spirit who spoke through Rublev, Mozart, Dante, and Michelangelo is breathing life into today’s artists, musicians, and authors, inspiring contemporary voices that are deeply rooted in Christian tradition, bridging international cultural and ecclesial divides. Those who encounter their art are invited to experience Divine Beauty.
In this modern age, the pursuit of excellence in the arts as a vehicle to communicate truth, goodness, and beauty has been replaced with a market-driven economy, secular commercialism, and an internet isolationism. This spiritual hunger in modern society makes it all the more essential for the sacred arts to thrive.
The Mount Tabor Centre offers spiritual retreats and study visits, organizes lectures and international symposia on issues and trends in the arts today, facilitates ecumenical dialogue on monastic history and spirituality in music and the arts, and presents choral concerts, theatre productions, and exhibits of contemporary sacred art.