The dialogue of faith and art is a misunderstood one, I have found. While many implicitly understand the coupling between the arts and spirituality, what people actually believe—or think they believe—can diverge significantly. Also, it is one thing to have feelings on a subject, no matter how deep—it is quite another to understand those feelings enough to articulate them intelligently, much less have a rational and Biblical basis for them. One thing that I have found to be universally and practically true is that there is just not enough dialogue.
We’re hoping to change that. On Saturday, August 22, from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Oak Hills Church will be hosting what we hope to be a first annual mini-conference on faith and the arts. Entitled “Intersections,” we hope that this gathering will spur people toward an understanding in how one’s faith as Christ followers will impact how they express and interpret their art, and how the artist should interact with the audience, the church, the world, and God.
This conference will feature a variety of expressions including painting, poetry, dance, and music; teaching by Pastors Mike Lueken and Kent Carlson, a panel discussion by local experts; and a wonderfully catered lunch. All participants will receive my new book, Imagine That: Discovering Your Unique Role as a Christian Artist. Registration begins at 8:30 AM with our Common Grounds Cafe serving complimentary coffee. Cost for this event is $20 (includes lunch and book), with tickets at the door. Please RSVP to Oak Hills at firstname.lastname@example.org.