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Children’s art matters: palm branch watercolours

Children’s paintings of palm branches teach us that we can respond to God with the resources that are near to us. Continue reading

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The necessity of beauty

Suddenly, I can see how art is necessary for faith and life. Suddenly the art in our churches is about so much more than clever design. Suddenly it seems like making something beautiful is a very Christian thing to do. Continue reading

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The Garden Gang, chapter two

There was a note left in the apple tree. The Name of God We Hear copy
Written in pencil, folded twice by 3… Continue reading

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The Church Garden Gang, chapter one

Open up the back door you will see,
Below the window to the sacristy… Continue reading

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Biblical illiteracy

An overheard conversation at a play raises the question about society: are we biblically and religiously illiterate? Are we to lose the meaning and benefit of centuries of art because we do not know the most basic of biblical narratives? Continue reading

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Marian Manifesto

Planting anything feels like you have faith and hope that something will grow. It is an act that occurs despite the violence and sadness of the crucifix; it is a peaceful act by both Mary and Jesus; it brings hope that something larger, more beautiful will carry on. It is a mother’s hope for the legacy of her children. Continue reading

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Pentecost 10: a direct conversation

We can use the skills of art appreciation to help open up a text for preaching. Continue reading

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Resurrection: ‘do not hold on to me!’

The promised land of new light and wonder can only unfold if I do not hold onto many aspects that have been guiding and informing my choices up until now. Continue reading

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The Creative Space

By bringing God into our own creativity, we are allowing for the child-like enjoyment of the imagination, letting the gifts flow out of us to make the world a better place. Continue reading

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The Whole Story

Our artwork presents a glimpse of a broader Christian message, but imagine if a stranger were to see within our art something unintended, confusing, or offensive? I wonder how often we present an incomplete picture of the Christian church/faith/tradition? Does what we present through art and symbol tell enough of our whole story to convey the truth? Continue reading

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