Thursday, April 29, 2010
Artists Articulating the Truth of God's Kingdom // The Work of the People
The Work of the People (TWOTP) is a great resource for art connected to worship and missions. The name is derived from the Greek word leitourgia ("liturgy"). TWOTP describes itself as "a community of artists who create visual media for the church to re-orient God's people around Jesus' good news and mission to make all things new." Here's a cool excerpt from their foundation/mission statement:
We as artists are to articulate the implications of God's kingdom being true.
We believe the role of artists as bringing voice to God's unseen kingdom, is a special one. We believe artists are to engage holy imagination in co-creating with Christ a world redeemed by Christ, in articulating God's upside down world of love, of making things right, of restoring all things. We are deeply passionate about this prophetic calling, especially as it pertains to artists who acknowledge God's kingdom.
TWOTP has all kinds of high-quality resources for the artistic incorporation of multimedia into worship, outreach, missions and more. I first came into contact with TWOTP after seeing this video used as a sort of call to worship on the Sunday when the parable of the prodigal son was the lectionary text for the day. The song used is "This Is Love" by The Autumn Film, a group you should definitely check out, and I love how the video combines music and visual art to explore everything from obvious themes of forgiveness to even subtler questions of the gender constructs that get applied to prodigal-ness.