27 September 2023 |
In discussions about theology and spiritual lives, the aesthetic hardly ever gets the spotlight. When it does, it is often a battle of preferences, not an exchange of informed or “sensed-through” comments on the deeper makeup of the concept and related fields. Things like beauty and arts exist, an artifact may leave an impression on us, but does it matter? In the seeming urgency of other concerns in our denomination, the aesthetic has been set aside as a neat but irrelevant bonus of human existence, only to sometimes be picked up in decisions about the most “appetizing” packaging of our message.
And yet, we are a movement so fond of the concept of the “present truth”: the idea of a God who is alive and extends Themselves to engage with Their creation beyond the stories captured in the Scriptures; a God who is universal and personal, eternal and contextual, unchanging and always relevant. I believe the aesthetic to be a divinely instituted dimension of (human?) existence. As such, it deserves attention as an avenue to a deeper understanding of ourselves, of God, and of others. Let us take a look at the potential of engaging with arts more intentionally in our spiritual and religious lives.
Kärt Lazić is a reader by education and a communicator by passion. She gets genuinely excited about exploring challenging questions from different angles and figuring out ways to express the discoveries in a meaningful way – in classroom, church pews and “real life.” Her journey has taken her from Estonia to Newbold, where she has had the joy of teaching different subjects related to meaning—and sense-making. At church, she loves being a part of the team creating the spaces that facilitate the encounter between the human and the divine. The recent years have made her slow down to face her toughest audience yet – two toddlers that seem to have inherited her stubbornness and energy.
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- Mark Carr
- Tom deBruin
- Pilira Zapita (Newbold)
- Olive Hemmings (WAU)