|Rev. Dr. Me!|
I am an ordained minister and an academic. It is an odd combination. I also was a mixed media artist for 25 years prior to my current combo-profession. Hence: artsy theology! Every time I explain the concept of "artsy theology" and say it is "art as a ministry of presence," inevitably the response is, "Oh, you mean art therapy." Yah, sort of! I'm not a licensed therapist. I fall into the category "related fields." My related field is specifically spiritual
. Thinking, reflecting, and expressing theological and spiritual concepts through art helps to sort, process, and express diverse thoughts and feelings. And yes, ultimately it is therapy. However, my interest remains theological
. Where is God present in this particular experience? How can one trust God in the middle of a detention center? How can one have hope? Art is a universal language which helps to name what otherwise cannot be named. And so I pack up my two jumbo suitcases full of art supplies and gratefully appreciate the privilege of facilitating art with women and children who are locked inside a so-called family detention center as they seek asylum in the U.S. from the violence in their homelands.Their art also helps me to share their stories from a theological (social justice) perspective. The kids prefer the art; the women prefer doing jewelry. Compromise
: art during the morning session and jewelry in the afternoon.
|I put the art supplies in see-through tubs with the content clearly marked on one end.|
|Watercolors, crayons & pencils are are set out on each work table. The extra FUN supplies are on one messy space.|