Andy Crouch in his book, Culture Making, argues that the early Christians transformed their culture and eventually the world by converting those in their society who were at the top of culture, the culture-makers. Artists and writers and leaders. With the notable exceptions of the Catholic Church and some emergent churches, this effort to reach culture-creators has largely been abandoned by the Church.
We’ve got contemporary Christian music, which is largely pop imitation of other bad pop music. We’ve got our own Christian book and film industries which primarily create content for Christians by Christians.
We don’t have an intentional reach to those you’d about in the Arts section of the NY Times, but they are the ones who presently creating what will be mainstream/pop down the road.
So, I’ve taken Crouch to heart and want to make a deliberate push to the artists in our community and region.
Submit me a tattoo design based on one of the Stations of the Cross passages below. I’ll get a jury of 1 professional artist, a pastor, and a lay person to judge them. ‘First prize’ will win $500 and the honor of me getting your image tattooed on me during Holy Week.
All of the submissions will be a part of our Stations of the Cross exhibit that will be open to the church and community during Holy Week 2013.
Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More Information at www.aldersgate.net
If you got an artist in the family, if you got skills, if you’re a teacher and want to pass this on to students, if you’re a pastor and have someone in your congregation that might like to participate, if you know someone who doesn’t consider themselves a Christian but might like to try this…please pass this on.
Here are details from the flyer:
Rev Jason Micheli of Aldersgate United Methodist Church invites artists and students in the region to create an original illustration of one of the traditional scenes of the Stations of the Cross.
The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of Sorrows, are the ancient way Christians have reflected and meditated upon human sin and Jesus’ sufferings during the weeks leading up to Easter.
Each ‘station’ is an image from the story of Christ’s Passion as told in the Gospels.
From the inception of the church, visual art has been used to help depict and understand the passion. The images submitted will be part of that legacy as Aldersgate and the surrounding
community will use them as part of their Holy Week devotion.
The designs will be juried. Top Prize: $500.00
And Rev Jason Micheli, will get your design tattooed on himself during Holy Week. Members of the Aldersgate community will also participate in getting tattoos selected by our juror.
To participate…. Deadline: February 15
Station 1- Wash (John 13)
The night he’s betrayed Jesus takes off his robe, takes on the role of a servant and washes his friends’ dirty feet. It’s a symbolic action showing how God has taken off his divinity and come to us as a servant, Jesus. What it means to follow him, Jesus says, is for us to wash one another’s feet. To serve.
Station 2- Pray (Mark 14.32-42)
In the Garden, knowing his ‘hour’ of suffering/glory is fast approaching, Jesus prays to God to move this ‘cup’ from him; that is, to move Jesus off the path of suffering. The fear, alienation and sorrow Jesus experiences in the Garden is meant to evoke the experience we all share apart from God.
Station 3- Betray (Mark 14.43-52)
Jesus is betrayed by his friend Judas. He’s betrayed by a kiss for a token amount
Station 4- Put It Away (Luke 22.47-53)
When the soldiers come to arrest Jesus, Peter, a disciple, pulls out a sword and attacks them. Having already taught his followers that ‘blessed are the peacemakers; Jesus tells Peter to put away the sword.
Station 5 – Deny (Luke 22.54-71)
As predicted by Jesus, Peter denies ever even knowing Jesus. Denies him three times as the rooster crows.
Station 6 – Crown (Mark 15)
Not matching our expected notions of power or majesty, Jesus is mocked,
scourged and crowned with thorns.
Station 7 – Carry (Luke 23)
Beaten and forced to carry his cross to his place of execution, Jesus is helped by a bystander in the crowd. Simon of Cyrene carries Jesus’ cross while the crowd hurls insults at him.
Station 8 – Forgive (Luke 23)
Jesus is crucified, but as he dies on the cross he prays that God forgive his
enemies for ‘they know not what they do.’
Station 9 – Promise (Luke 23)
Jesus promises heaven to a guilty thief who is being crucified on the cross next to him.
Station 10 – Rise (John 20.24-29)
Jesus rises on the third day and invites Thomas, who still doubts it’s Jesus, to touch his wounds for proof.
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