The colonization of silence

In NewMusicBox magazine, Andrew Waggoner outlines what might be called a Cistercian musical aesthetic:

The colonization of silence is complete. Its progress was so gradual that even those who watched it with alarm have only now begun to take stock of the losses. Reflection, discernment, a sustainable sense of tranquility, of knowing where and how to find oneself—these are only the most obvious casualties of marauding noise's march to the sea. Much more insidious has been the loss of music itself.

But wait, this can't be: Music is everywhere; we have more of it, available in more forms, more often, than at any time in human history. I can go to the web and find O King of Berio, Baksimba dances from Uganda, something really obscure like Why Are we Born (not to have a good time) of the young Buck Owens, even Pat Boone's version of Tutti Frutti; I can find all of the same at the mall. Surely this is a good thing. I can find renewal of spirit in Sur Incises of Boulez or stand aghast at the toxic grandiloquence of Franz Schmidt's Book of the Seven Seals. Music is everywhere. Long live it.

Just give me five minutes without it; that's all I ask, perhaps all I'll need to bring it back into being for myself. Imprisoned by it as I am now, assaulted in every store, elevator, voice-mail system, passing car, neighbor's home, by it and its consequent immolation in the noise of the quotidian, it is lost to me as anything other than a kind of psychic rape, a forced intimacy with sonic partners not of my choosing. When music is everywhere, it is nowhere; when everything is music, nothing is.

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Standing room only

It was standing room only for the students of Trinity Prepartory School of Winter Park, Florida, who put on their production of La Cage aux Folles at the Universal Orlando Theater. Adam Hetrik of Playbill News wrote:

La Cage aux Folles, which was not a part of Trinity Preparatory school's regular theatre schedule, was offered as a summer intensive open to all local high school students, not only those enrolled at Trinity Preparatory School. The program was designed to provide students with a credit for a fine arts requirement by bringing in local theatre professionals in order to allow students the experience of a professional rehearsal and production process.

When the show was publicized at the start of the school year, controversy erupted.

(The) parents and students were aware of the musical's content. Having previously produced A Chorus Line at Trinity Prep, a musical with many progressive central themes, (Department head Janine) Papin hoped audiences and the school were willing to go on the latest journey with her.

However, when Bishop John Howe, head of the Diocese of Central Florida, read of Trinity Preparatory's intended presentation of La Cage aux Folles in a local paper, a letter was sent "officially requesting" the school's headmaster to cancel the production.

The cancellation might have been the end, but news of the move brought forward both a flood of protest and offers from area theater companies and arts groups to put on the show. Playbill reported that the students received at least 15 offers to stage the production. After negotiations it was decided to hold the production at Universal Orlando, but without the official sponsorship of Trinity Prep. Read more here.

Tanya Caldwell of the Orlando Sentinel reported that over 300 people attended the performance on opening night.

The students took the show to Orlando Repertory Theatre after a week of debate about whether the bishop overstepped his bounds or held his moral ground. At least three other theaters also opened their doors to the group.

At least 300 parents, peers and neighbors arrived for the opening night, laughing at the jokes, smiling during the solos and whistling as grinning drag queens danced across the stage.

The Broadway musical has won several awards and was later tuned into an American movie called The Birdcage, which starred Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. La Cage features a gay couple in which one partner runs a French nightclub and the other performs there as a drag queen. The couple has been together for 20 years but make changes when their son bring home his fiancee and her conservative parents.

According to Playbill, Bishop Howe issued the following statement:

"We regret that the scheduling of this performance has been interpreted as a departure from our 40-year history as an Episcopal school. The students who worked hard to prepare for this play had neither a political nor social agenda."

Papin, who is unable to comment publicly on the production due to school administration restrictions, issued the following statement in an official Trinity Prep press release:

"I am quite proud of the students' tenacity and determination through this very difficult process. And I am thrilled that the students will get to perform the show on which they have worked so very hard. I am so grateful to all who supported our students' work."

Jesus the samurai stranger

For Ajinbayo Akinsiku, aka Siku, Jesus is the samurai stranger come to town to shake things up.

Siku is an Anglican who grew up in England and Nigeria in a family of Nigerian descent who is studying for ordination in the priesthood. He has published a Bible in the style Japanese graphic novels called Manga. Intended as a "first taste" to the Bible for young adults and teenagers, the rendition is long on action and drama.

Manga uses a strong visual style with a cinematic flair to tell stories that are once dramatic and action oriented and highly textured. These books are popular with teenagers and young adults.

Neela Banerjee writes for the New York Times that:

While younger adults and teenagers are the most avid consumers of manga, Mr. Akinsiku said he had heard from grandmothers who picked up the book as a gift for their grandchildren. The book is meant to be a first taste of the Bible, which many feel too intimidated to read, Mr. Akinsiku said. Every few pages, a small tab refers to the biblical verses the action covers.

“For the unchurched, the book is to show that this thing, the Bible, is still relevant,” he said, “because it talks about what human beings do when they encounter God.”


Mr. Akinsiku says his Son of God is “a samurai stranger who’s come to town, in silhouette,” here to shake things up in a new, much-abridged version of the Bible rooted in manga, the Japanese form of graphic novels.

“We present things in a very brazen way,” said Mr. Akinsiku, who hopes to become an Anglican priest and who is the author of “The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation.” “Christ is a hard guy, seeking revolution and revolt, a tough guy.”

The Art Blog of the Episcopal Cafe has much more including details of the four volumes (The Manga Bible - Raw, The Manga Bible - Extreme, The Manga Bible - NT Raw and The Manga Bible - NT Extreme) and how you can buy them. The Extreme Editions include both the graphic novels and full-text Bibles in the New International Version.

A link to purchase The Manga Bible is available here with the convenience of one-click purchase through the Associates program. All purchases referred from support Episcopal Cafe Art Blog, Episcopal Church and Visual Arts, and Visio Divina programming.

Read: The New York Times: The Bible as Graphic Novel, With a Samurai Stranger Called Christ

See also: The Art Blog: The Manga Bible (and check out the artwork above!)

This is Siku's web site

Punk photographer Easter message

According to The Press Association, The Diocese of London has asked a punk photographer best known for photographing Bob Marley and the Sex Pistols to create images to help explain Easter.

Dennis Morris, whose subjects have also included The Prodigy and Oasis, asked teenagers to play the role of Christ in the photographs.

The photographs will be used by Church of England parishes in London to tell the Easter story to primary school children.

Morris worked with teenagers from St Stephen's and St Mary's Islington in north London to produce the shots, designed to tell the story of Easter in a contemporary urban setting.

Read the story here.

HT to OCICBW and to see more photographs click here.

The Keiskamma Altarpiece

The Chicago Tribune's photo essay on the Keiskamma Altarpiece is worth a visit.

Grace Cathedral offers a panel by panel view of this monumental artwork.

St. George and the dead soldier

Ekklesia reports that a new painting of St. George by highly regarded artist Scott Norwood Witts, which depicts the saint as a man of compassion rather than a crusader, is to be unveiled at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. George, Southwark, to mark the saint’s day next week.

The life-size but intimate portrait will be unveiled as part of the ‘St. George in Southwark’ festival ( It shows the 'dragon slayer' as a saint of peace and one who chose risky debate over violence, the artist points out.

St George and Dead Soldier was stimulated by the deployment of British forces overseas and the historical misrepresentation of St George. The patron saint of soldiers and England is shown battle weary, identifying another fatality of war - exploding the contrived mythical identity developed during The Crusades, to reveal a man in mourning. As a high ranking soldier of the Roman Empire converting to Christianity was extremely dangerous, yet his faith inspired him to put down his weapons and personally confront the Emperor Diocletian over his persecution of Christians. The lifesize, but intimate portrait shows the ’dragon slayer’ as a saint of peace and one chose debate over violence.

The painting will be displayed on the 19th and 20th April and then officially unveiled and blessed by the Dean on St George’s Day and exhibited until 3rd May.

Scott Norwood Witts has previously exhibited at the American Church in London and the Carmelite Friary in Kent. Commissions have included altarpieces at Dover Castle and the Royal Garrison Church at British Army HQ Aldershot.

See it here.

Episcopal artists as they see themselves

Episcopal Life Online:

Thirty-one artists contribute works of self-expression to the latest exhibition, Portraits of the Self, launched on the Episcopal Church & Visual Arts [ECVA] website this month.

It is the first exhibit of 2008 and the 25th on the Episcopal artists' website since the organization was inaugurated in 2000.

See the exhibit, curated by David C. Hancock, here.

And don't forget the Episcopal Cafe has its own Art Blog maintained by Mel Ahlborn, President and CEO of ECVA.

Praise Song for the Day

Congressional Quarterly has a transcript of the inaugural poem written and read by Elizabeth Alexander.

Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each others’ eyes or not, about to speak or speaking. All about us is noise. All about us is noise and bramble, thorn and din, each one of our ancestors on our tongues. Someone is stitching up a hem, darning a hole in a uniform, patching a tire, repairing the things in need of repair.

Someone is trying to make music somewhere with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice.

A woman and her son wait for the bus.

A farmer consider the changing sky; A teacher says, “Take out your pencils. Begin.”

We encounter each other in words, Words spiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed; Words to consider, reconsider.

We cross dirt roads and highways that mark the will of someone and then others who said, “I need to see what’s on the other side; I know there’s something better down the road.”

We need to find a place where we are safe; We walk into that which we cannot yet see.

Say it plain, that many have died for this day. Sing the names of the dead who brought us here, who laid the train tracks, raised the bridges, picked the cotton and the lettuce, built brick by brick the glittering edifices they would then keep clean and work inside of.

Praise song for struggle; praise song for the day. Praise song for every hand-lettered sign; The figuring it out at kitchen tables.

Some live by “Love thy neighbor as thy self.”

Others by first do no harm, or take no more than you need.

What if the mightiest word is love, love beyond marital, filial, national. Love that casts a widening pool of light. Love with no need to preempt grievance.

In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air, anything can be made, any sentence begun.

On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp -- praise song for walking forward in that light.

C. Robin Janning named ECVA editor in chief

Episcopal Church and Visual Arts announces that C. Robin Janning will be Editor in Chief for the ECVA blog Image & Spirit. Image & Spirit is an inspired assemblage of images and words, aiming to carry the breath of Spirit far and wide. Contributors are artists and writers, priests and poets, and all who live in range of those intersections of art and faith.

From the ECVA website:

The mission of The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts (ECVA) is to encourage artists, individuals, congregations, and scholars to engage the visual arts in the spiritual life of the church. ECVA values the significance of visual imagery in spiritual formation and the development of faith, and creates programs to support those who are engaged in using the visual arts in spiritual life.

The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts (ECVA) strives to encourage

... visual artists in our church to use their creative gifts for the glory of God.

... individuals to explore the opportunities visual arts offer in their spiritual journeys.

... parishes and cathedrals to incorporate visual arts in their total programs.

... conversations and research in issues related to the visual arts, theology and culture.

More on ECVA here.

Experience Image and Spirit here.

Image and Spirit is ECVA's blog. ECVA's President and CEO Mel Ahlborn is the Editor of the Art Blog at Episcopal Cafe. ECVA artists are major contributors to the Art Blog.

Calling all artists

Episcopal Church and Visual Arts (ECVA) has issued a call for art to express Ubuntu, the theme of General Convention 2009:

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Stained Glass Artist prepares his final work for the National Cathedral

Rowan LeCompte, who has spent his working life creating the stained glass windows at the Cathedral, was interviewed over the weekend by NPR. LeCompte, now 84 is finishing what he expects will be his last window to be installed.

LeCompte reflects on what his experience at the Cathedral has meant to him:

"[His] career started decades ago. LeCompte had the rare experience of finding his life's passion at age 14, when he first saw the cathedral on a visit to Washington, D.C.

He refers to that fateful day as his 'second birthday.' It was 1939, and the Gothic church wasn't even complete. But the beauty of the stained glass windows gave the Baltimore native's young life new purpose.

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A conversation with the great Marilynne Robinson

Andrew Brown of the Guardian interviewed Marilynne Robinson. He writes:

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From Adam to Joseph: R. Crumb's 'Genesis' imagines all 50 chapters

Over at, Jeet Heer has thoughtfully engaged The Book of Genesis Illustrated, due in mid-October, from illustrator/satirist/critic R. Crumb.

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Philip Pullman and "the Scoundrel Christ"

Alison Flood in The Guardian:

He enraged America's religious right with his portrayal of God as a senile old man in the His Dark Materials trilogy, and now Philip Pullman is set to court more Christian controversy – this time with a novel about "the Scoundrel Christ".

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Mary of Magdala: the musical

Casper College students, working with New York professionals, are developing an original musical by James Olm and Shad Olsen and directed by Richard Burk about Mary Magdalene, whom they describe as "a woman who becomes friend, lover, and ultimate number one disciple of Christ, much to the chagrin of the patriarchal society of the time."

According to the playwright, James Olm, the musical depicts the life of Mary Magdalene and Jesus based on the Gnostic Gospels found in Egypt in 1945.

Elysia Conner writes in The Caper (WY) Journal:

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ECVA - Full Of Grace

Many of you have commented on the beautiful art work that is a regular part of the Cafe pages and Art Blog. The art is provided to us by the ECVA, the "Episcopal Church & Visual Arts" which among its many projects, creates regular online curated art exhibits.

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Full of Grace: an Advent exhibition

Yesterday we briefly noted the Advent exhibition: Full of Grace, from The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts.

Advent calls us to slow down and recognize the incarnation of God all around us and especially in the coming birth of Christ in our midst. Take time to meditate on one of these offerings by Episcopal artists.

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Get in the picture

With new technology, it's startlingly easy to insert oneself into a painting or photograph. Now from Big Ant International: a chance to climb onto Michelangelo's famous painting of the creation of Adam from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

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Room at the pub?

Surprising and wonderfully realistic nativity scene mural painted on the wall of a pub in England leaves patrons in awe:

Room at the inn? Extraordinarily realistic Nativity mural painted on pub wall

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Candlemas by Denise Levertov

The text of this poem follows. We also have a multi-media presentation. Watch it with the sound on.

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Farewell, Mel. Welcome, Robin

I don't remember who introduced me to Mel Ahlborn at the 2006 General Convention. I was roaming through the exhibit hall and she was sitting at the booth sponsored by Episcopal Church in the Visual Arts, of which I believe she was then president. She had heard of Daily Episcopalian, the one-person blog I was then running, and we got to talking about my plans for something bigger and more far reaching--the thing that eventually became Episcopal Café.

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The ministry of writing images

Louise Shipps' ministry as an iconographer is featured today in the Savannah Morning News:

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The mystic in the rye

Louis A. Ruprecht for Religion Dispatches:

"While Jerome David (J.D.) Salinger died more than a month ago, on January 27, it is still difficult for me to talk about him in the past tense. I expect that his books have something to do with that—the way they play with time.

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The art of devotion

The Peninsula (Washington) Daily News:

The Rev. Gail Wheatley took a leap of faith when she asked the parishioners at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Port Angeles last summer to submit artwork portraying the 14 Stations of the Cross.

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The Passion in the public square

A passion play will be performed in Trafalgar Square.

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Mourners revealed in stone

The Wall Street Journal has a review of the current display of "The Mourners:

Medieval Tomb Sculptures From the Court of Burgundy" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: By the time we encounter most older art on display in a museum it's been set up in a context that radically manipulates the ways in which we read it.

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These eyes won't judge you

To have the fortitude to gaze into someone, in silence, and then to have your gaze returned to you without judgment, soul to soul: this may just be the essence of a healthy ethic of spiritual direction. After all, as we're told in Mark: before Jesus gave advice to the man who had so precisely followed the commandments, yet still yearned for eternal life, it was that "Jesus, looking at him, loved him." And then he spoke.

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An early-church look at Peter and Paul

Ancient images of saints Peter and Paul - perhaps some of the oldest - were shown last week to reporters in Rome after they were found with lasers capable of burning off years of grime.

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Litugical Arts 101: contextually integrative architecture

To translate this truth architecturally, we can logically return to the older tradition of building our churches in the ordinary architecture of our day, giving them only such differences as arise naturally from their fulfilling a different physical function.
--Frederic Debuyst

In the midst of replacing a cathedral destroyed by arson six years ago, its builders insist it should maintain the context-sensitive nature that had originally made it distinctive.

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Selections from the 3rd Annual EC Thanksgiving Haiku Fest


The spirit diets,
But the flesh loves a party.
More gravy, please. Thanks.

Susan Elliot
Washington, D.C.

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On display: Dürer's Adam and Eve, Babylonian mathematics

In Madrid's Prado museum, one can now see newly restored masterworks of two paintings - one of Adam, one of Eve - made by Albrecht Dürer in 1507.

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Of ants and arks

Conservative activists and politicians are outraged about an 11-second clip in a 4-minute video that appeared in a privately funded art exhibit held in the Smithsonian. But they are silent when the Governor of Kentucky extends state tax relief to a $150 million dollar theme park that says that all the science you need to know is found in Genesis.

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In the beginning

Let it dough!

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Religious art returns to the fore

Did you notice the trees at the royal wedding this month? Lots of people did. As Jonathan Jones puts it, "They opened our eyes to the grandeur of a medieval building that might otherwise have struck television viewers as just a dark, lofty old bulwark of church and state."

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Church architecture today

America, the Jesuit magazine, has a brief slideshow featuring some outstanding contemporary worship spaces. Have a look, and then come back and tell us what you think of these churches and chapels.

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Open Studio 2011: new ECVA show online

The Episcopal Church Visual Arts group has a new show online. Many talented artists of the Episcopal Church have contributed to the current Open Studio Exhibit:

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Bad theology leads to bad art

Writing for the blog of the Image journal, Tony Woodlief says:

I’m convinced that bad art derives, like bad literary theory, from bad theology. To know God falsely is to write and paint and sculpt and cook and dance Him falsely. Perhaps it’s not poor artistic skill that yields bad Christian art, in other words, but poor Christianity.

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Finding and expressing faith through poetry and art

A retired vicar from Wales has spend a lifetime connecting faith and art.

Wales onLine tells his story:

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'Why offer anything at all?'

The New York Times has the moving story behind a musical offering that was made today at St. Bartholomew's in midtown Manhattan.

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Imaging the Sacred Art of Chant

The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts presents a new exhibition for the Advent season.

Curator Ana Hernandez writes:

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Well, that only took a second; or, This week in hate

In 2009, when St. Matthew's in Auckland, New Zealand, put up an Advent themed billboard suggesting the Almighty was better in bed than Mary, it only took five hours for it to be defaced. It took a little longer for this year's billboard - a shocked Mary holding a positive pregnancy test - to be defaced.

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Grace Catherdral's inaugural artist in residence program

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, launches its inaugural Artist in Residence program with noted playwright and actor Anna Deavere Smith.

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King James Bible anniversary exhibition in Edinburgh

Edinburgh City Art Centre presents Precious LIght, an exhibition for the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James's Bible:

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Children's Day of Art

Partly in response to the trend to cut arts from the schools, and to offer the talents of the church locally, St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Morristown, NJ offers A Day of Art.

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Denise Levertov on Julian and Good Friday

Excerpt from On a Theme from Julian's Chapter XX by Denise Levertov:

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Observing Good Friday

How are you observing Good Friday? Tell us in the comments.

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The Grand Miracle by Mary Karr

From The Grand Miracle by Mary Karr:

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The peculiar popularity of Thomas Kinkade

S. Brent Plate assesses the peculiar appeal of Thomas Kinkade, "the painter of light," who died earlier this month at 54.

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Marilynne Robinson: literature as evangelism

Mark O'Connell of The New Yorker appreciates Marilynne Robinson, as all right-thinking people should. Some particularly lovely passages:

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Christ Church Ponte Vedra creates innovative school for the arts

Christ Church in Ponte Vedra, Florida has created an arts school open to anyone in the community, offering at a nominal cost instrumental and vocal private lessons, instrumental group lessons, music education and appreciation classes, theatrical training, dance classes, and visual arts private and group lessons for children and adults.

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One down, 65 to go.

Women at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Mesa, AZ, have spent the past seven months painstakingly painting and writing in calligraphy the pages of Genesis in an ambitious "scriptorium" project led by parishioner and medieval-art enthusiast Lee Kitts.

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When bad art happens to good religion

Lori Erikson asks if there is any good in bad religious art.


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Tiffany's religious art on display

An exhibit of the religious art of Louis C. Tiffany gives a glimpse into an era when houses of worship were built in growing cities.

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The Testament of Mary

Colm Tobin's play The Testament of Mary explores the life of the mother of Jesus, before the layers of piety defined her image for the church.

The Rev. Jon M. Richardson of the Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd in Philadelphia reviews the play, now in previews at the Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway.

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Homeless Jesus rejected by two churches

A Toronto artist is trying to find a home for his sculpture of Jesus as a homeless person. The Toronto Star reports:

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God doesn't always play well on Broadway

The big success of "The Book of Mormon" contrasts which with the "The Testament of Mary" which closes its limited run a little early even though it has been nominated for a Tony. When is God a smash on Broadway and when is the divine a cosmic flop?

Sarah Pullam Baily explores the question in the Wall Street Journal:

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Real Clear Religion picks the ugliest church in the world

Nicholas G. Hahn, deputy editor of Real Clear Religion offers his picks for the ugliest churches in the world in this slideshow. There are some doozies. Do you have other nominations?

Building bridges with art

The Rev. Paul Gordon-Chandler tells of an interfaith effort to bring people together using art. From Episcopal News Service:

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How do you make a new building spiritual?

What makes a building speak to one's soul? How does a building become spiritual? Anglican Communion News Service asks:

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Episcopal Actors' Guild celebrates 90 years

The Episcopal Actors Guild is celebrating its 90th Anniversary according to Broadway World:

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Reclaim the art of storytelling

The Rev. Paul Kowalewski promoted his latest blog post with this provocative tweet:

"Re-imagine the church? Reclaim the art of storytelling."

In the post "Telling Our Stories", on his blog "The Desert Retreat House", Kowalewski remembers hearing stories in his childhood:

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ECVA steps onto the global stage

Episcopal Cafe partner and friend, Episcopal Church and Visual Arts (ECVA), steps onto the global stage with their latest Call for entries: Women At Prayer.

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How art inspires and impedes faith

Tobias Wolff's essay in a fie-year-old issue of The New Yorker is about "the power of aesthetics to shape our lives," but the anecdote around which it is built is about the power of aesthetics to inspire of impeded the development of religious faith.

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Starry ceiling discovered in Brooklyn church

Grace Episcopal Church in Brooklyn uncovered a star-filled ceiling when they restored the interior of the nave. New York Times reports:

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How we dampen artistic spirits at church

Philip Ryken at the Gospel Coalition writes:

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"One man's beauty is another man's fish house"

Two people of good faith are having a respectful disagreement, and I find this such a refreshing development in our church that I feel obliged to call attention to it.

Father Tim Schenck does not think that the chambered nautilus that now adorns the previously vacant pediment of St. Paul's Cathedral in Boston is an appropriate symbol for the front of a Christian cathedral. He writes:

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"Homeless Jesus" finds home at an Episcopal church

Tony Burbreck writes for NBC Charlotte on a sculpture of Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a park bench that was rejected by some, but is now displayed in Davidson, NC:

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T. S. Eliot reads his poem, Ash Wednesday

From the poem:

Where shall the word be found, where will the word
Resound? Not here, there is not enough silence
Not on the sea or on the islands, not
On the mainland, in the desert or the rain land,
For those who walk in darkness
Both in the day time and in the night time
The right time and the right place are not here
No place of grace for those who avoid the face
No time to rejoice for those who walk among noise and deny the voice

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Secret life of W.H. Auden

New York Review of Books tells of the secret life of W.H. Auden:

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Making memory in a sacred space

An installation at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York shows the last moments of Monique Sindler who died in 2006. It is a reflection on living and dying in a sacred space.

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Ann B Davis, Episcopalian, dies

Ann B. Davis, the actress who became famous for playing Alice, the housekeeper from the Brady Bunch, has died at the age of 88.

While well-known for her iconic television work, what is less well-known is that Ann was a devout Episcopalian. She had been living in a religious community with Bishop William Frey and his wife Barbara since 1976.  The community was first located in Denver, then moved to San Antonio.

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Bridging culture and faith through art

Caravan is joint project between Egyptian and Western artists that seeks to bridge difference. At the National Cathedral in Washington DC this year's presentation is AMEN: A Prayer for the World. From the press release:

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The insidious nature of bad Christian art

st_sebastian.jpgWhy bad Christian art is bad for Christians from Ruminate Magazine:

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