For discussion

May 11, 2011 | Feature | Number 10

1. What emotional responses have you experienced in the presence of creative art? Is something creative always good? When should art be evaluated? Does censorship abuse creativity?

2. How does your congregation use art in worship? Do you agree that we need more creativity and visual art in worship? How might your congregation encourage its members to express themselves artistically? Would art workshops like those described in the feature story be beneficial to your community?

3. Donita Wiebe-Neufeld refers to a relative whose folk music fits better in bars than in worship. How could the church better use the gifts that have not traditionally been used in worship? Are there kinds of artistic expression that definitely do not belong in worship?

4. Sometimes a visual symbol, drawing or artwork can express an idea much better than words. What examples can you think of? Do you agree that we have valued verbal over visual expressions? Is our culture changing in this regard? What visual/verbal balance should the church be aiming for?

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