Creating visual art as a congregational practice

Full Title
Creating visual art as a congregational practice
Lisa K. Martin
Visual Art has a rich heritage in the Christian Church and provides an alternative epistemology to one that depends upon the written and spoken word. There exists a connection between attention to beauty and a commitment to justice, which both focus on God’s doxa. Yet for a variety of historical and practical reasons, visual art is sidelined in most Protestant congregations. Perhaps the solution to this lack of attention to visuality comes not from placing art in churches, but in creating art within congregations. Advocating for creating visual art in congregations requires asking whether or not visual, creative activity could meet the criteria that define and describe essential Christian practices. Using examples from seven congregations, including her own, the author explains that not only does creating visual art meet the criteria for a Christian practice, but that in the act of creating art together other Christian practices are revitalized.
Degree Granting Institution
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Type of Work
D.Min. Project
Number of Pages
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