When you think of your faith, is art part of the picture? For Stephanie Burke, an artist who will coordinate an interactive mural project in our exhibit hall, art and faith go hand-in-hand. Stephanie has written about one moving experience for The Lutheran. We pray that her presence at the triennial gathering will be infused with the spirit as well!
From The Lutheran: “The man is young, maybe mid-20s. He’s wearing blue spandex shorts, a yellow tank top and a hot pink scarf knotted tightly around his head. He grips me in a bear hug, sobbing into my shoulder: “I feel like that painting is just for me.”
“I hug him back, leaving paint-splattered handprints on the shirt of this man I’ve never met. “It’s for all of us,” I say. Over his shoulder I see other residents: a young mother of three, the white-haired man with a cane, a businessman, the athlete. All gathered for worship, all heroin addicts.
“I’m in a Baltimore drug rehab house, packed into a room roughly the size of a meat locker with 18 other people for worship. The pastor preached, the musician played, we all took communion and I painted a 20-square-foot upside down portrait of Jesus.” Continue reading …