Rise Up Banners on North Wall
The Rise Up banners displayed on the north wall of the sanctuary were painted by members of our church community in 2010. They were inspired by a lecture John Dominic Crossan gave at our church in October of 2009. In the course of his lectures, Crossan discussed the difference in visual representation of Christ’s resurrection between the churches of the West and the East. In the western church he rises alone. In the eastern (Orthodox) church he rises in community – kneeling to approach others, clasping their hands and leading them, or simply facing the community.
This sense of communal resurrection is visually compelling. We are bound with Christ and with one another as we work to bring the gospel way to life. This resurrection arises out of ordinary lives. It is a dying to old ways and being born to the new as described by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg, a transformation of mind and soul, in community with one another.
The diversity of our lives and our visions of transformation are portrayed in the variety of colors and designs displayed in each field of raised arms. Yet we are united in our commitment to follow the way of Jesus, here represented by the vine. Not all are grasping the vine simultaneously, just as all do not experience spiritual rebirth at the same time. Somewhere on our journey of transformation, each of us grasps, each meets the risen Christ in their own way. Each works in unique ways to bring about the kindom of God on earth, in community, for all.