Art Colloquium / Sam Connour

About a month ago we kicked our first quarterly Art Colloquium gathering - artists and art enthusiasts in our church family coming together to encourage one another, learn more about each other's work and talk about the intersection of art and faith. At that first gathering we interviewed Erin Bourne and learned a little more about her story as well as her mosaic work and I laid some groundwork for our future gatherings by talking a little bit about the distinctions between art for the church, art from the church and art under the sun. We're making plans for our next quarterly gathering in January which will include more of the same - interviews with artists, a featured speaker or discussion moderator, mingling & food - but in the meantime we have a few upcoming events you may be interested in!

On Wednesday night, November 29th from 6-9pm we'll be working together on a group art installation to display in the sanctuary for our Advent season. If you like to create and work with your hands, we'd love for you to join us in this project! 

Wednesday evening, December 6th we'll be gathering at my place for an informal discussion of the last chapter of Jaroslav Pelikan's "Fools For Christ: Essays on the True, the Good, and the Beautiful". Bring your thoughts and a bottle of wine to share!

I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from that book and pray that it stirs you and compels your mind and heart towards worship in all its shapes and forms on this cold, blustery weekend!

- Sam Connour, Music & Art Director

The Holy is not, first of all, a highest Good, a sublimely True, an ultimately Beautiful. Yet that Holy which men have vainly tried to grasp with their systems of thought, their categories of ethics, and their depictions of beauty; that Holy which has eluded every human attempt to take it captive and to tame it; that Holy which is not the answer to every riddle but itself the enigma in every riddle - that Holy has been made flesh and has dwelt among us in Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the channel of the goodness of God. He is more beautiful than the children of men. Through Him God has redeemed all things to himself, including the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. On this rock of offense and stone of stumbling, human conceptions of truth and goodness and beauty have been shattered. Yet this stone, which the builders of human systems rejected, has become instead the cornerstone for the dwelling-place of the Most High and Most Holy, from whom there proceeds all that is True and Good and Beautiful. Those who have despaired of the effort to domesticate the Holy, those whom He has led to know True and Good and Beautiful in Him - those are the ‘fools for Christ.’
— Jaroslav Pelikan