Interfaith Art Exhibit 2013
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What's Happening in the Office of Interfaith Relations?
Last Days of Interfaith Art Exhibit
OCTOBER 30, 2013
Louisville, KY—During the month of October the Office of Interfaith Relations and the Presbyterian Center has provided space for an interfaith photo exhibit called “A Pilgrim Lens”. The exhibit’s photographer is Terry Taylor, the executive director of the Louisville non-profit organization “Interfaith Paths to Peace.” The organization’s mission is to make the world more peaceful by bringing people of different religions together through programs and events that promote interreligious understanding. Taylor explains: “over the centuries, sadly, conflict – especially deadly conflict – has come out of disagreements about religion, and even more specifically out of misunderstandings about religion. We believe in our organization that the more we can do to just help people be familiar with and understand each other in their differences and different religions, the more peaceful our community, the nation, and the world is going to become.”
The exhibition documents the various stages of pilgrimage that Terry has experienced in his spiritual journeys throughout the US and around the world. Some of the pictures of the exhibit serve as “a reminder that sometimes when we’re on a journey if you get too focused on your destination, you may miss beautiful and important things around you”, says Taylor. Hong added “it is fascinating to see pilgrimage from different perspectives. It is especially insightful for us the more connected we are to our Christian tradition of pilgrimage. For us, it is a way we encounter the Holy Spirit. It is our journey with and to God. As a spiritual journey, pilgrimage can be outward, inward, individual, or communal. Pilgrimage can also act as the lens through which we perceive and understand our spiritual disciplines and theologies.”
An amazing fact about the exhibit is that the work is almost exclusively done with an iPhone camera or with a point and shoot, small, handheld digital camera that doesn’t have interchangeable lenses. Terry explains how people are often stunned about that. Also, the printing technique for the photos is very unusual. It’s a way of printing in color that takes the image from a solid into a gas, and then the image goes down into the material making the colors very rich and the image indestructible.
If you are in Louisville, we invite you to visit the Presbyterian Center.
Interfaith Art Exhibit
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
In keeping with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s commitments to interfaith relations and peace, the denomination will host an International Peacemaker’s Day celebration and launch a month-long interfaith art exhibit on October 2.
“Pilgrimage to Peace: An Interfaith Celebration Honoring the Journey of Peacemakers” will take place from 6–7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Center Chapel in Louisville. It is sponsored by the PC(USA) Office of Interfaith Relations in Theology and Worship, in partnership with the Louisville-based interreligious nonprofit Interfaith Paths to Peace.
Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, and people from a wide range of religious traditions have been invited to participate, and an opportunity for fellowship will be available in a reception following the event. Read More
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