What, “Arts and Mission”? Huh? What’s that all about? Well, perhaps by now you have seen the beautiful and thoughtful issue of Connections: the Journal of the WEA Mission Commission, on this very theme of arts in mission. And thus we can answer three recent questions:
- She asked, “Why doesn’t the church welcome and support the artist? It’s like we just don’t fit and thus we are alone.”
- And he said, “What, God can use my art gifting and training and passions in mission? How can that be?
- They queries, “Are there models of viable and beautiful cross-cultural art in mission that we can learn from?
So thank God that the WEA Mission Commission, in Pattaya, 2008, launched a new global task force on “Arts in Mission”. Two of that team, John Franklin and Robin Harris did an incredible job of creating a marvelous, unique issue (104 pages, full color) of our journal, Connections, on this theme. The stunning cover of the crucifixion—a global and cross-cultural motif—is matched by some 50 photos of art, and an equal number of articles from around the world. You find thoughtful, foundational articles on the arts, many case studies from many cultures, a listing of resources—annotated bibliography and schools and programs of study.
We printed 1000 copies in South Africa for the Lausanne Congress and they are for sale in the bookstore at the reasonable price of R95, just above our costs.
Why buy a good number of copies? (not just one!)
- First, to grow your own understanding of arts in mission and how God’s creative Spirit is using it.
- Second, to give copies to your Christian artist friends who will be affirmed and encouraged in their calling and art creating.
- Third, to distribute copies to your pastors or key members of your ministry team, or to the leaders of the national and regional mission movements, or to theological schools and missionary training centres, and to mission agencies.
Feel free to write me at [email protected] as editor of Connections.
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