Art – The Slow Gaze of the Contemplative Heart
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Art – The Slow Gaze of the Contemplative Heart

Art can speak to our deepest feelings, calling forth our own creative response to the creativity of the artist. Just as we can be moved by a beautiful sunset, or seeing the smile of a child, or hearing a wonderful musical symphony, often without knowing why, so a painting or sculpture can move us beyond…

Revitalising Christian Imagination in Advent: ‘He comes, comes, ever comes’
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Revitalising Christian Imagination in Advent: ‘He comes, comes, ever comes’

As the liturgical calendar was turning over into a new year this week, my husband Eric and I were at the tail end of a visit to India, staying with new friends Jyoti and Jane Sahi. Jyoti’s an artist, and Jane is a children’s educator, and together they live in the Christian village of Silvepura,…

Philippines: The Captivating Art of Joey Velasco
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Philippines: The Captivating Art of Joey Velasco

One of Velasco’s captivating artworks is his modern painting of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” called “Hapag ng Pag-asa” (A Table of Hope). The painting shows Jesus eating not with his apostles but with a group of street children in a nasty and dilapidated setting. They are not even eating at a table but on…

Inculturation: The Indian Face of Jesus II
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Inculturation: The Indian Face of Jesus II

Traditional Christian art seems something of the past that does not offer any new insights. More recently inculturated art forms from Asia and Africa have been appreciated because they are thought to bring a fresh perspective on Biblical themes.    As an artist, I have not represented Jesus in the conventional way that is typical of…

Inculturation:  The Indian Face of Jesus I
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Inculturation: The Indian Face of Jesus I

The Gospels do not describe the physical appearance of Jesus. However, each culture has presented Jesus in their own cultural forms. Since ancient times, Christianity wore different clothes, spoke varied languages, and followed diverse customs. Indians of different cultural backgrounds responded to the Gospel narratives after learning them in their local languages, beginning with Tamil,…

Religious Imagery: Does a Black Jesus Matter?
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Religious Imagery: Does a Black Jesus Matter?

We began by asking: Does a black Jesus matter? Paraphrasing this, we ask again: Does a Dalit Jesus matter? Or a poor Jesus? Does a Jesus matter who asserts the place of women in his life? Yes, it does. This is what incarnation means — Jesus is a wholly Jewish man, with a brown face…