~ Kris Garratt
This is one of the questions a group calling themselves Friends of Liturgical Arts (FoLA) is inviting us to consider in the coming months, as they offer workshops and prepare to host an Art Party in February. These activities offer us a way to explore our creative spirits. The confluence of these events with the season of Epiphany seems a perfect pairing. A definition of epiphany is “a moment of sudden revelation or insight,” this is one way I would describe the presence or voice of God in my efforts as a liturgical artist.
Like too many people, for most of my life I convinced myself I had no artistic ability. I drew stick figures and I never doodled on paper. My early life was full of traumatic loss, and it was not until I sought professional help to heal the wounds of those losses that I found encouragement and took the risk to change that narrative. Not only did I begin to heal, I began to see the world through a different, more vibrant lens.
The children of this church are the people who helped me to see artistic expression as an act of faith. Many children are full of sensory curiosity. They want to see things, touch things, and they want to move. They do not hide the multi-sensory dimensions of their being, dimensions within all of humanity, given by a God who is creative beyond understanding. There are so many adults who are also thirsty for sensory enrichment, and this thirst extends to their spiritual lives. I want to do my part to embrace and to honor that energy in the context of worship.
I believe we are all artists of one form or another. Some may paint or sculpt, others may dance or tell stories, and still others may offer an inspired solution to a thorny problem. I see artistic expression, in whatever form we are able to share it, as an act of gratitude and a proclamation of our God-given existence as multi-sensory beings. And artistic expression, in all its forms, can help make the world a better place. In the words of Richard Kamler, “Art is our one true global language. It knows no nation, it favors no race, and it acknowledges no class. It speaks to our need to reveal, heal and transform. It transcends our ordinary lives and lets us imagine what is possible.” So let’s get going – Let’s ART!
For more information about Let’s ART activities, contact FoLA member Roberta Hollowell, moc.nsm@sllewolloh