By Chris Ayers (DMin ’97)
To disrupt the social order and communicate the vastness of God’s love for us, Jesus often used parables. Beyond depictions of the life and ministry of Jesus, scenes from the parables are among the most potent images in art and are a continual source of inspiration for artists worldwide.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Wedgewood Church invite you to celebrate the creativity of Charlotte (Metro) artists and poets as they “spin” the parables of Jesus, enabling us to see the world, others, ourselves, and the parables of Jesus from angles heretofore missed or underemphasized.
Charlotte Spins the Parables of Jesus is a juried art exhibit (September 12 – 27, 2014) with cash awards and a juried poetry contest with cash awards. Charlotte Spins the Parables of Jesus will conclude with a poetry competition/slam at Wedgewood Church (September 27, 2014).
From November 1 – 21, 2014 First Christian Church and Wedgewood Church will host a national traveling exhibit, Picturing the Parables of Jesus, from Christians In The Visuals Arts (CIVA). This exhibition, juried by Tyrus Clutter, has 28 works representing the voices of diverse subcultures and ethnic groups.
This is a great opportunity to work together with seminaries, churches, poets and artists, as well as a sister denomination (Disciples of Christ), and, most importantly, to allow us to be “spun”/transformed by the parables of Jesus.
Although Charlotte Spins the Parables of Jesus is a Charlotte/Metro local competition, anyone may participate without being in the actual competition. We would like to receive poetry about parables from any location to include in our worship between September and November. Of course, we would be honored and blessed if any person would be willing to donate a piece of art interpreting a parable of Jesus to Wedgewood’s art gallery. Non-local artists who don’t want to contribute art can send a jpeg for us to use during worship.
Whether in partnership with CIVA or on your own, we hope more churches will consider how they might use art in worship and support local artists as a reflection of God’s creative power.
Chris Ayers (DMin ’97) is the pastor of Wedgewood Church in Charlotte, NC.