Cohering Faith and Art
- April 2011
All of us engaged by the beauties of authentically living Abrahamic faith also belong to new, emerging architectures. Our nascent longings to touch, taste, see, feel and hear divine essence in our lives imbues both the visual and hearing kingdoms, reflecting our love for God in places of belonging, and echoing inner joy–d'veykus (cleaving to God) by the beauties of monasticism, contemplative life and prayer. And it's here, in these structures our most soulful emotion outpours when we meet in minyan or congregate "where two or more gather in His name." Churches and synagogues, mosques, monasteries and retreat centers serve us along the way of intentionally traveling a path of surrender to God. As ecumenical interfaith artists and community participants, our contributions to lived faith draw us toward God's lustrous center. We enter these constructs as tabernacles and dwelling places–inside bedouin tents, under thatched-reed roofs or gold basilica, Cordovan arched domes or steel spires, humbled in heart by varying degrees, as we anticipate dialogue with the Divine.