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IRJ: In the past the Church has been a great
patron of the arts. It still goes on in great
cathedrals around the world. Local church-
es can encourage artists to make things for
their church. I was at a church weekend at
St. Peter’s Comox over on Vancouver Island
a couple of weeks ago. It was really inter-
esting to see the stained glass there, beauti-
ful and contemporary at the front of the
church. It had been done by a local artist.
It occurred to me that even replacing
stained glass is a thing churches are
regularly doing, or have the possibility of
putting in. That can be a fantastic way of
encouraging local artists to think about
biblical narratives, even if they’re not
Christians, and to contribute to the worshipping life of the local community.
That church also did a Lenten theme
and invited local artists to produce work
for that. There are all sorts of ways churches can be welcoming to artists and invite
them to contribute work.
Last year I was at a conference for evangelical students, a conference held in Provence. They invited Christian artists from
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