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No visual or fiber arts to write about today as I have been focusing on reading Resounding Truth for my D.Min. class on Aesthetics.

This book seeks to develop a “Christian wisdom of music,” and thus far I have read about the development of Christian thought regarding music from pre-Augustine through twentieth-century composers Olivier Messiaen and James MacMillan.  This excursion has included looking brief looks at Bach, as well as theologians Schleiermacher, Barth, and Bonhoeffer.  A pretty eclectic mix.  

I am in way over my head as I don’t have much grounding in the music side of this discussion.  Fortunately the theology and philosophy are familiar to me, although not specifically the perspectives on music.  It’s really fascinating and I wish I could stop to listen to every music piece and do further reading (or re-reading) of the theologians.  

I’ve just downloaded (from iTunes) and listened to MacMillan’s Seven Last Words of Christ performed by the Dmitri Ensemble and Chorus and it is amazing.  This is a recording just released — April 1, 2009 — in honor of MacMillan’s 50th birthday.  The piece was originally commissioned by the BBC in 1994 to be broadcast during Holy Week that year. 

I’m thinking this piece might inspire me to do another visual work and/or a participatory art project and study.

So much inspiration is coming from these readings and classes!

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It is a relief to have the physical part of my project for Creativity and Spirituality completed.  Now I need to write up my process paper to turn in with the artwork to my professor.  I’ll also be putting a presentation together on the theological significance of the work for my class in Aesthetics that is coming up in May.    

Here’s a picture of the entire set.  I had a hard time finding somewhere to lay it out to get a really good picture, and this is not the way I would display it for viewing.  Ideally I would hang or set the pieces around a large space where each could be viewed individually, while still being in the context of the entire series.

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Besides reading Megan McKenna’s “The New Stations of the Cross” while working on this project, I also read Henri Nouwen’s “Walk With Jesus” on Good Friday for another perspective on the stations of the cross.  I recommend both books.  

Now, besides getting the process paper written I’m focusing on readings for my next classes. Right now I’m reading about the use of music in Christianity in Jeremy S. Begbie’s book, “Resounding Truth“.  It’s quite interesting.  I am worried, though, about whether I’ll be able to get all nine books read and papers written on each–three are read and one paper written so far–before my classes in May.  

Right now I’m pretty much exhausted from Lent and Easter, and the task seems pretty daunting.

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I have been showing my collage interpretation of The Way of the Cross March 29 through April 12.  

One piece has been shown each day along with the scripture passage or passages that go with it.  This is the project I am completing for my Creativity and Spirituality Doctor of Ministry Class at Wesley Theological Seminary.  

Please do not copy or post these images in any other place without my permission.  

The choice of scripture passages and translations are from Megan McKenna’s The New Stations of the Cross, based on a revision of the traditional stations of the cross by Pope John Paul II in 1991.

A few people have asked for a little more explanation about the symbolism in these pieces.  You can find a brief explanation here.

Easter Resurrection

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Luke 24:1-3

On the first day of the week, at dawn, the women came to the tomb bringing the spices they had prepared.  They found the stone rolled back from the tomb, but when they entered the tomb, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

Revelation 5:12; 7:9-10, 13-14

This is the new hymn they sang:  “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and praise!”

After this I saw before me a huge crowd which no one could count from every nation and race, people and tongue.  They stood before the throne of the Lamb, dressed in long white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.  They cried out in a loud voice, “Salvation is from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb!” . . . Then one of the elders asked me, “Who are these people all dressed in white?  And where have they come from?”  I said to him, “Sir, you should know better than I.”  He then told me, ” These are the ones who have survived the great period of trial; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

 

 

 

 

 

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I will be showing my collage interpretation of The Way of the Cross March 29 through April 12.  

One piece will be shown each day along with the scripture passage or passages that go with it.  This is the project I am completing for my Creativity and Spirituality Doctor of Ministry Class at Wesley Theological Seminary.  

Please do not copy or post these images in any other place without my permission.  

The choice of scripture passages and translations are from Megan McKenna’s The New Stations of the Cross, based on a revision of the traditional stations of the cross by Pope John Paul II in 1991.

A few people have asked for a little more explanation about the symbolism in these pieces.  You can find a brief explanation here.

Jesus Is Placed In the Tomb

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Matthew 27:57-61

When evening fell, a wealthy man from Arimathaea arrived, Joseph by name.  He was another of Jesus’ disciples, and had gone to request the body of Jesus. Thereupon Pilate issued an order for its release.  Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in fresh linen and laid it in his own new tomb which had been hewn from a formation of rock.  Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away.  But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary remained sitting there, facing the tomb.

Mark 15:46

Then, having brought a linen shroud, Joseph took him down, wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a tomb which had been cut out of rock.  Finally he rolled a stone across the entrance of the tomb.

 

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I will be showing my collage interpretation of The Way of the Cross March 29 through April 11.  

One piece will be shown each day along with the scripture passage or passages that go with it.  This is the project I am completing for my Creativity and Spirituality Doctor of Ministry Class at Wesley Theological Seminary.  

Please do not copy or post these images in any other place without my permission.  

The choice of scripture passages and translations are from Megan McKenna’s The New Stations of the Cross, based on a revision of the traditional stations of the cross by Pope John Paul II in 1991.

A few people have asked for a little more explanation about the symbolism in these pieces.  You can find a brief explanation here.

 Jesus Dies On the Cross

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Matthew 27:45-50

From noon onward, there was darkness over the whole land until midafternoon.  Then toward midafternoon Jesus cried out in a loud tone, “Eloi, Eoli, lama sabachthani,” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  This made some of the bystanders who heard it remark, “He is invoking Elijah!”  Immediately one of them ran off and got a sponge.  He soaked it in cheap wine, and sticking it on a reed, tried to make him drink.  Meanwhile the rest said, “Leave him alone.  Let us see whether Elijah comes to his rescue.”  Once again Jesus Cried out in a loud voice, and then gave up his spirit.

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I will be showing my collage interpretation of The Way of the Cross March 29 through April 11.  

One piece will be shown each day along with the scripture passage or passages that go with it.  This is the project I am completing for my Creativity and Spirituality Doctor of Ministry Class at Wesley Theological Seminary.  

Please do not copy or post these images in any other place without my permission.  

The choice of scripture passages and translations are from Megan McKenna’s The New Stations of the Cross, based on a revision of the traditional stations of the cross by Pope John Paul II in 1991.

A few people have asked for a little more explanation about the symbolism in these pieces.  You can find a brief explanation here.

Note:  I have reversed the order of the Eleventh and Twelfth stations from McKenna’s order.

Jesus Promises To Share His Reign With the Good Thief

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Luke 23:39-43

One of the criminals hanging in crucifixion blasphemed him.  “Aren’t you the Messiah?  Then save yourself and us.”  But the other one rebuked him:  “Have you no fear of God, seeing you are under the same sentence?  We deserve it, after all.  We are only paying the price for what we’ve done, but this man has done nothing wrong.”  He then said, “Jesus, remember me when you enter upon your reign.”  And Jesus replied, “I assure you:  this day you will be with me in paradise.”

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I will be showing my collage interpretation of The Way of the Cross March 29 through April 11.  

One piece will be shown each day along with the scripture passage or passages that go with it.  This is the project I am completing for my Creativity and Spirituality Doctor of Ministry Class at Wesley Theological Seminary.  

Please do not copy or post these images in any other place without my permission.  

The choice of scripture passages and translations are from Megan McKenna’s The New Stations of the Cross, based on a revision of the traditional stations of the cross by Pope John Paul II in 1991. 

A few people have asked for a little more explanation about the symbolism in these pieces.  You can find a brief explanation here.

Note:  I have reversed the order of the Eleventh and Twelfth stations from McKenna’s order.

Jesus Is On the Cross, With His Mother and Disciple Below

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John 19:25-27

Near the cross of Jesus there stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  Seeing his mother there with the disciple whom he loved, Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, there is your son.”  In turn he said to the disciple.  “There is your mother.”  From that hour onward, the disciple took her into his care.  

Luke 2:3435

Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “This child is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed–and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword–so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare.

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