Art helps us connect our heart with our hands, our faith with our lives, and our mess with our God.
To worship more fully and faithfully, we believe we must embrace the promise that our scriptures are God’s living Word. To bring our whole selves to God in worship, we must allow the scriptures to come to life.
A Sanctified Art emerged as a ministry to respond to the fear, overwhelm, and stifled imagination that have suffocated too many clergy and congregations and prevented them from embracing creativity. Initially representing the art and ministry of Lisle Gwynn Garrity, A Sanctified Art expanded to become a collective of artists and creatives in January, 2016.
Our talented creative team formed as the result of each member discerning ways to blend her creative talents with ministry. Each of us are called to be artists just as much as ministers; in order to faithfully offer our gifts to the church and world, we cannot set our creativity aside. We offer our creative gifts as resources to guide, facilitate, and empower churches in their creative pursuits.
God's Living Word
A blazing bush breathes “I AM,” a billowing cloud signals the way, a valley of bones clatters to life, a thundering wind weaves all voices into one, and a barren grave whispers: “Mary, Mary–Do not fear.” Over and over, our scriptures offer us glimpses of God meeting people in words and images, in visions and poetry, in dreams and revelations beyond our wildest imagining.
And yet, when it comes to our worship, so many of our worshiping communities are bound to words on a page. We listen to scripture read and proclaimed, we recite unison prayers like a script, and we grip our bulletins like road maps telling us when to sit or stand. Thanks to a certain French Reformer, we’ve inherited a robust emphasis on the Word; we value the many ways scripture can instruct, inspire, edify, and ground us.
But in our pursuit to centralize the Word in our worship, we sometimes become complacent, letting the Word lay flat on a page. Sometimes we forget that, before the Word was written, it was envisioned, and uttered, and breathed.
Hinting at Perichoresis (a nerdy Greek term for the relationship between the “persons” of the Triune God), three paint strokes dance in a Trinitarian swirl. Emphasizing movement, process, and relationship, our logo encapsulates A Sanctified Art‘s goals to:
- Instigate relational, community-focused ministry
- Foster deeper connections to scripture, one another, and God
- Value creative process more than final product
- Encourage accessible, welcoming creative projects for all
- Embrace the messy, imperfect, and sacred creative process
We Believe . . .
God moves in mysterious ways, reaching people through respected and traditional paths, as well as through creative, new, and sometimes startling encounters.
The Church has reached a turning point. What has always worked in years past may not work in years to come. To move forward, we have to be honest, reflective, and in touch with the unique ways God is stirring in our lives.
Art helps us connect our hearts with our hands, our faith with our lives, and our mess with our God. We need the prophetic, connective power of art in our churches.
Pastors are overworked and volunteers are exhausted; when push comes to shove, creativity can often go out the door. Faith leaders need the support of artists and creatives to partner in artful, God-breathed ministry.
We are all created in the image of the Creator and share in the capacity to be creative and imaginative. Some of us learn best by doing, or by hearing, or by seeing. To widen access to God, we have to make space for all. As people of faith, we are called to be creative, fearless, and messy.