Today’s CliffNotes is a guest post by Katie Fox, one of the leaders of our Faith & Arts ministry. Find out the latest on how artists are being shaped at Christ Church for the glory of God and the good of the world. And don’t forget to note the details below on our Labor Day Groundbreaking for 112 Medina Street!
“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” – Leonard Bernstein, composer
Whether it is natural violence like the kind brought on by hurricanes, or violence crafted at the hands of men and women, it is easy – and even understandable – to feel overwhelmed by grief and sorrow at the state of our world today. Why talk about music, why discuss poetry, when there is real suffering happening? What can beauty and the arts offer to us when we’ve lost our home, our job, our health?
The value of the arts, and of artists, isn’t quantifiable. There’s no hard data to convince anyone that a life shaped by the arts is a sound investment. In our culture, driven by productivity and the bottom line, the arts don’t often seem to make much sense.
But we are human beings made in the image of a Creator God, who Himself values beauty (just take a look around at this gorgeous creation of His). The poet Mary Oliver said, “We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it.” The common grace that beauty and the arts bring to our world is a rich gift we each receive, everyday.
Christ Church believes that God is actively renewing all things. In His eyes, the artist, and his or her work, is as valuable and necessary as the missionary or the pastor (not to mention the businessperson, politician, teacher, etc.). God calls and gifts each of us to step into our own unique vocation, and when we do that, we contribute to the flourishing of our church, our city, and the world.
The Faith & Arts ministry came about in response to this belief, so that this vision can be made incarnate within our church. One of the ways the F&A ministry fulfills this vision is through the Faith & Arts Intensive, an eight-month program for Christ Church artists in all mediums – visual artists, performing artists, and writers – who will gather together once a month. The aim of the Intensive is to see artists grow in spiritual maturity and their pursuit of excellence, both as artists and as followers of Christ. The Intensive is for anyone who is serious about their craft and wants to pursue a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Christian and an artist.
We hope that you will pray about joining us this year. You can find more details below in the announcements. I pray your weekend is full of beauty, even in the midst of brokenness, and that we will all have eyes to see.