Art. This is about Art for God’s Sake. And yeah, I mean that exactly how you took it.
My Grandma used to say to my Grandfather, “Loren, for God’s sake, would you please stop cutting up those kids’ apples with your dirty pocket knife!”
This is Art… for God’s sake. Isn’t obvious? Doesn’t art make you stop in your tracks and look at the world a bit differently? Doesn’t it make you throw up your hands and say, “good grief, I’ve never seen anything like this before!”
That’s what art does for me, and that is why I would also say that I make art for God’s sake. As a spiritual and holy practice. I appreciate the creative process and images in and for worship as a way of knowing God more fully. As a way of experiencing God with all of my senses. I believe art-making pushes us into an experiential, messy and risky way of participating in our faith.
As I continue to weave my artist identity together with my pastor, chaplain, preacher, teacher, parenting and partnering identities my work and projects will surface here. For God’s sake and for the sake of building community with other creative types who are using their gifts in amazing ways to work for love and justice and tell the story of God in the world.
If you or your organization is interested in live art-making during worship and/or events, in integrating worship and spirituality through hands-on workshops or retreats you can contact me for more information and ideas!