guest posted by Geoff Gentry
What is the creation story if not a creative dialogue between the Trinity? It is dirt, water, plants, animals, sky, humans, and spirit made real through spoken and exchanged words between a community. All existence is shaped by a conversation between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit about how-things-should-be.
When we invite our community to dialogue about how-things-should-be, we are practicing the very first creative process. Conversation, input, action, accountability. We need these things in our communities and we need these things in our art.
By inviting regular readers to submit their questions about the creative process, Japanese American artist Makoto Fujimura is engaging in a deeper dialogue about art and faith. Really, he’s doing something ancient:
Jesus commended Mary of Bethany (in John 11-12) for extravagantly offering perfume valued at a year’s worth of wages to anoint him for his burial…Is our gospel accompanied with just as gratuitous, generous, creative and beautiful acts as Mary’s? Perhaps both the quality and the power of our art would reach a different height and depth if we created from that perspective.
It’s in this sort of dialogue that art becomes a part of the practice of worship and mission. That it becomes a prophetic statement about how-things-should-be in our community and in creation.
If you’ve got questions about what it means to create art that is for the good of the community and encourages the thriving of the church, check it. Bravo to Rachel Held Evans for organizing this interview on her website.
Geoff is a writer, mix-cd maker and San Francisco Giants fan. He lives in the Arizona desert and talks to college students about Jesus. Follow him on Twitter @GeoffreyGentry.