Friday, December 4, 2009

At Duke Divinity: Simeon Law Photographs "God's People"

If you're a student at Duke Divinity School, you've already been stopped dead in your tracks more than once this semester outside the Cokesburry bookstore by the uncanny beauty and deep humanity of Simeon Law's photography exhibit "God's People" from his summer 2009 Field Education assignment at Church of the Savior in Washington, DC. But if you live in the Durham, NC area and have not yet seen Law's photos, you need to make time to do so ASAP!

Information regarding the exhibit are below (photo(s) from the exhibit to be added soon).


The photos were taken by Simeon Law during his Summer 2009 Field Education at Church of the Savior in Washington DC. Church of the Savior is an ecumenical church that is committed to both the inward and outward journeys of discipleship. These photos offer a glimpse of the Church of the Savior - a community that crosses the racial, cultural, and class boundaries of society.


Simeon Law is a third year M. Div student who is currently seeking ordination in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has had a passion for photography since high school that has been cultivated over the years by books, internet art communities, and friends. Photography has helped open his eyes to the beauty that is always around us.


During my time at Church of the Savior, I have seen glimpses of what transformed community looks like.

While at CoS I served several days a week at the Potter’s House, a cafe and bookstore ministry located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. What sets the Potter’s House apart from the other businesses in the neighborhood is its open door policy. All comers, regardless of who they are or what they may have done, or are still doing, are welcome inside. This open door policy is an example of radical Christian hospitality in a time when it is common to be suspicious of the stranger. According to the world’s “wisdom” it is unwise to allow ex-offenders, those struggling with addiction, or the homeless to freely come and go as they please. Yet it is by foolishly welcoming everyone that the Potter’s House is a living witness of Jesus’ love and the wisdom of God.

It is my hope that these photos offer a glimpse of the kind of community that is formed by hospitality that transcends societal boundaries.

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