Religion and the Arts might seem like an odd combination for a worship series but in truth, I believe they are sisters in seeking to illustrate the nature of God, and what a world fallen from God’s gracious nature looks like. “In the beginning, God created…’. God is the Creator, the Artist, working with wind and word to design all that is. And we, created in God's image, carry that Artist's DNA. Art, like religion, tries to give witness to God's beauty, to the awe and wonder of that which cannot ever be finally captured or contained. And artists, like people of religions, hold light into the darkest corners of where God's creative goodness is stifled, into places of oppression and in justice. Artists and people of faith give voice to hope, speak, and live into the 'as if' of God's kindom fulfilled in our time and place. Religion and the arts can be side-lined as not 'useful', not offering value to an economy of practicality. But religion and the arts bring life, they care for the souls of not just people but entire cultures. Religion and the arts are joined in the pursuit of creation that is 'good, very good'.
Spiritual Resistance: The Art of the Holocaust
Anita is a docent at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. Paul is a cellist, choral singer, championship car rally organizer, and developer of medical imaging devices.
Religion and Laughter
Charles is a Canadian comedian, political activist, voice actor, and writer. Charlie has also just recently begun studies at the Vancouver School of Theology.
Music Giving Voice to Injustice, Oppression, and Hope
Dawn has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk, and world music.
Religion, Art, Children and Peace
Eric is a big child at heart and with the children will be exploring Religion, Arts & Reflections on Peace!
"Peace is not something you wish for, it is something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away." Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.