Topic: Literature and the Arts

  • Through his imagining of a crucial point in the life of medieval visionary Hildegard von Bingen, playwright and University of Utah professor Tim Slover has posited the notion of a direct, personal experience of the divine against the earthy practicalities … More

    June 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

  • Church by the Glades is a church located in suburban South Florida that caters to a 21st century audience. From their signature hash tag (#NoPerfectPeopleAllowed) to their impressive social media reach (nearly 15,000 Instagram followers) to their rock-concert inspired performances, … More

    June 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

  • His movie “Silence,” says director Martin Scorsese, “is the struggle for the very essence of faith, stripping away everything else around it. You have to find a relationship with Jesus,” says Scorsese, “with yourself, really, because that’s the one you face.” More

    January 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

  • “These are shaky times,” says Christian gospel, R&B, rap, pop, and hip-hop artist Kirk Franklin. “I’m praying and hoping maybe one thing that I’ve said, from somebody who came from nothing, could maybe still give just a little bit of hope that it can get better.” More

    November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

  • “Spirituals are, of course, the songs that the enslaved crafted to tell the story of their experience. But more than that, to tell the story of their faith and the understanding of who they were in relationship to God, and who God was in relationship to them, and it became a story of freedom,” says Rev. Kelly Brown Douglass, Canon Theologian at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. More

    November 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

  • “There is no way you can talk about, discuss or even acknowledge the contribution of African-American history without acknowledging the very real presence and power of faith as a part of that history,” says Rex Ellis, associate director of curatorial affairs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. More

    September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

  • “When a monk gives his life to God, he has to express that in a physical way, not just an intellectual way, and singing involves the whole body and the mind and the soul, and so it’s a wonderful way of keeping this relationship between God and the monk,” says Father Cassian, prior of the Benedictine monastic community in Norcia, Italy that was damaged extensively in Central Italy’s recent earthquake. More

    September 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

  • “What we were looking for is an organ that sings, an organ that has a warm, mellow sound that accompanies singing,” says Rev. William Bradley Roberts, professor of church music and director of chapel music at Virginia Theological Seminary. More

    July 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

  • “It is not just beautiful monuments which are there for tourists,” says Christian Manhart of UNESCO. The temples and religious sites in Nepal, damaged so badly in last year’s earthquake, are also used by the people of the country. “It’s a very strong living culture.” More

    May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

  • “I get stopped all the time because of the faith-based movies. People say please make more. They would come up to me and say we love this. We want more. Please tell Hollywood to make more like this,” says actor Kevin Sorbo, who starred in the hit film “God’s Not Dead.” More

    May 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

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