Your contribution matters
When the odds seem stacked, the problems insurmountable, artists and creatives are often the first in our communities to remind us of ever-present hope. The laws and legislation passed, votes tallied and protests organized over the next few months will shape the future of our country.
We want you, the creatives of faith with a passion for the margins, to craft a collective vision for the future. We need your hopeful renderings as we think: how do we continue to keep the faith in God’s promises to us?
Inspiration: The Valley of Dry Bones
Artists should consider the following as the driver for artistic submissions:
1 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin;
I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophecy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
The story of The Valley of Dry Bones feels like a fitting narrative to help us recenter our work as Christian community development practitioners. Right now, we feel we’ve been led to a place where we are searching for Breath, a dark valley that can appear void of the life and abundance we associate with the Kingdom of God. But we should not be quick to escape the suffering of this valley.
We encourage any and all to process the pain and hope of this season with healing art. You are invited to share an art piece about what the story of Ezekiel in The Valley of Dry Bones means to you.
Three questions that might serve to guide your creations:
- Can these bones live?
- What are the bones?
- How can the Spirit breathe life into our works?
Whether your work is a digital art piece, video, photograph, painting, song, or poem, we invite you to share your interpretations of this verse. When woven together with prayer, worship, and highlighted speakers, your contributions will make this a powerful collective learning experience.
Artworks will be featured in our CCDA Collective Virtual Event, Oct. 1-3 2020, as well as highlighted on our website and social media platforms leading up to the event. To encourage artists in this moment, we will invite our association to follow your work on social media.