Monthly Archives: August 2016

Images of Jesus

by the Rev. Cheryl V. Minor, PhD
Director of the Center for the Theology of Childhood

The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci

The Last Supper offered a lasting image of Jesus and his disciples.

Artists creating images of Jesus and his followers depict ethnic characteristics like those of the artist’s culture. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper is a good example. The painting, created around the time of the voyages of Columbus, depicts Jesus and his disciples as wealthy late 15th century northern Italians. They look like someone who might buy a painting from Da Vinci. Continue reading

Godly Play in the Wild

Godly Play and the Wild Goose Festival
by Becki Stewart and Emily Griffin

Godly Play storytellers Emily Griffin (L) and Becki Stewart at Wild Goose Christian Festival in North Carolina

Emily Griffin and Becki Stewart at Wild Goose

Well, it was a Wild, Wild Goose!  If you are unfamiliar with this outdoor Christian festival, the first thing you need to know is that the wild goose is a Celtic image for the Holy Spirit. As you know, the Spirit goes where it will, and this summer it led us to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, where people gather for four days of speakers, workshops on justice and spiritual practice, liturgy, and music. We came aboard the Goose, as it’s affectionately known, relatively late in the game. Through a contact at her home church, St. Alban’s in Washington, DC, Emily was asked to provide the children’s programming. Continue reading