Seeing and Believing: The Visual Arts in Christian Life and Ministry

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Episcopal Curriculum for Youth - Visual Arts

Seeing and Believing: The Visual Arts in Christian Life and Ministry

Seeing and Believing: The Visual Arts in Christian Life and Ministry

“When Christians lost the power of art, they impoverished the church, they impoverished worship, and they lost one of the most powerful means of calling souls to God.” -Dana Gioia

While the visual arts have served as a powerful resource for the church in past centuries, today they are often overlooked. In this course we will learn to “speak” this ancient language, exploring the ways that images can serve as companions and guide in our lives and ministries. We will discuss art from across centuries and cultures as we learn to integrate the visual arts into our journeys as Christians. Each week (for a total of four weeks starting on February 2) you will view a pre-recorded lecture and we will meet for discussion, exploring the rich possibilities in four different ways of using images in:

  • Opening our eyes to sights of beauty, and of pain, in the world around us
  • Interpreting Scripture and picturing – in diverse ways – Biblical figures
  • Preparing the sanctuary and in planning for online as well as in-person worship
  • Preaching and in prayer

Asynchronous Recorded lecture: 30 minutes (link to be sent out the week before class.) Synchronous Class discussion: 60 minutes
Peggy (Margaret Adams) Parker is a long-time VTS adjunct instructor and a professional artist whose work often deals with religious themes.
We strive to welcome all. If cost impedes your participation, please email LifelongLearning@vts.edu about financial assistance.

Date

Feb 02 2021
Expired!

Time

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm