Playing in the heart of art + theology

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STORIES FROM THE ROAD: Seattle University, School of Theology and Ministry

This past summer we taught at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry. Our class titled Art, Theology & Reconciliation focused on this intersection, nurturing creativity among our MDIV, MA and PhD students. Given permission to explore art to process theology and reconciliation we found what we made together most extraordinary. Through art and theology we explored what binds us together as people, and illuminated pathways of hope to what we might become. Exploring connections that has the power to conjoin what is considered irreconcilable.

Though hands-on creative play is dismissed for a linear mind set, art is the foundation of much of what’s worthwhile about being human. The creative process opens our minds and hearts to divergent thinking, constructive problem solving and a larger capacity to wrestle with life, connect with one another and make meaning from the chaos. At the heart of any finished piece of art are the moments of play and discovery, becoming lost in the process, taking risks, exploring and experimenting without fear of repercussions.

In our over commercialized culture where excess masquerades as necessity, we attempt to create a space for sacred imagination. We provide the time, space, tools and inspiration to capture the hearts, minds and imaginations of those who dare to risk. Reconciling what we have lost within and with each other.

 

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