Congregations, students and individuals representing a diverse array of Christian organizations are invited to participate in a collaborative art project, “Renewing the Church,” to be featured at the 2013 Convocation & Pastors’ School , October 14-15 at Duke Divinity School.
In the months leading up to Convocation & Pastors' School, the school plans to adapt a watercolor painting, “The Basin and the Towel,” by Michigan artist Libby Riemersma into a photo mosaic composed of images that illustrate the many ways that congregations, organizations, and individuals are renewing the church. The basin and towel featured in the original painting were donated in memory of a member of First Reformed Church in Holland, Mich., who volunteered his time in service to the church.
For this mosaic to work well, the school needs hundreds of photos that depict thriving Christian communities. These might be images of church life—baptisms, confirmations, community outreach activities, youth trips, celebrations, performances—or reflections of time spent in individual communion with God.
To participate, individuals can email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org . Emailed attachments can be up to 10MB in total size. Alternatively, photos can be uploaded in larger batches via a service called DropEvent . A user account is not needed to upload photos. The website will request an email address prior to uploading photos so that the school can contact you if necessary, but DropEvent has confirmed that email addresses will not be used for DropEvent marketing.
The mosaic will become a featured image for the 2013 Convocation & Pastors' School, for which registration is now available . The two-day conference offers lectures, worship, and seminars for Christian leaders of all traditions.
Attendees will hear from Calvin College philosopher and author James K.A. Smith, Grace Church lead pastor Jorge Acevedo, and Laceye Warner, executive vice dean of Duke Divinity School. They will look beyond narratives of declining attendance, anemic giving, and social controversy to explore how thriving Christian communities are meeting the deep needs of the world and in the process, breathing new life into the church. Led by scholars and practitioners from Duke and beyond, Convocation & Pastors’ School is a cooperative endeavor with the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Learn more and register.