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Art & Faith: A Theology of Making

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Online Event


abstract painting


Makoto Fujimura

Artist, Speaker, and Author

Margarita Mooney Clayton, Ph.D.

Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and Executive Director

Scala Foundation

Event Overview

In what ways is making art a form of doing theology? What are some practical ways that anyone can experience art as lifting our minds and souls to God?

In this webinar, Japanese-American painter Makoto Fujimura will discuss his vocation as a Christian and painter, as reflected on in his recent book, Art and Faith. Drawing on the Bible, T.S. Eliot, Dorothy Sayers, Jacques Maritain, Thomas Aquinas and others, this dialogue will explore how art can become an expression of God’s immanence—his presence in the world—that opens us to transcendent experiences of his all-encompassing being. This dialogue will also address various ways that Christian thinkers and both Japanese and American thinkers have understood art, worship and culture. Listeners will be invited to ponder how making art shapes everyday culture and opens our hearts to the mysteries of life and death.

This event is open to the public via Zoom, and it will be recorded and placed on Scala’s YouTube channel.

Co-Sponsored by University of St. Thomas Catholic Studies, St. Paul, Minn.