I am honored this Sunday to speak at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, SC. We will think together about the strange fusion of suffering, service, and art in the Christian vision of God.
Is God beautiful? Does that even matter?
What does the beauty of religious art, architecture, and ceremony offer our suffering world?
How do we reconcile the wealth required to create and maintain such beauty with the poverty that fills our city and discipleship of one who was himself rejected from the Temple?
What do we do with this gift we hold in our hands?
All are welcome.
Photo detail of an icon by painter Sue Zoole installed at the Church of the Advent: “Christ the Holy Silence”
Photo of statue of St. Francis–preacher, poet, bearer of stigmata, friend of all creation–in the churchyard cemetery at the Church of the Advent.
Top photo of oak tree in the churchyard at the Church of the Advent.