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The Makers Series | Other

Following the Apostle Paul’s word to the Galatians that, in Jesus, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, no male and female,” Christians often focus on the way Christ breaks down walls, crosses boundaries, and calls diverse people together in unity. Even more, we look to Jesus to bridge the gap between humanity and God the Father. But at the heart of this good news (and of the life of following Jesus) is the persistence of profound difference between people and—even more—between humanity and our creator God. After all, Paul’s statement does not undo what we hear in Isaiah 55: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.”

Instead, the necessity, mystery, and beauty of what Jesus accomplished on the cross are rooted in the way we are still “strange” to each other, to the world, and to our Maker—though in now-transformed ways. Because unity in the Kingdom of God does not seem to come about by erasing difference but by somehow accentuating and redeeming it, we must learn to wrestle with the ongoing fact of otherness to truly appreciate the meaning of reconciliation.

On Friday night, April 8th, at Third Church (600 Forest Avenue), the next Makers Series will feature painter Ryan Lauterio, poet Natasha Oladokun, and musicians The Fretful Porcupine – artists whose lives and creative work help us see, hear, and feel the reality and complexity of being other as an integral part of being human, and especially of being followers of Christ. By bringing incongruous sounds and visual systems together to create their art, by eloquently describing the spiritual distance many of us feel from God, and by living, themselves, as “others” inside and outside professional and faith communities, our Makers will help us think more creatively about the Christian call to stand apart from but also stand for the world God has made and is redeeming. RSVP at the Facebook event here.

What is the Makers Series?

The signature program of MakeRVA’s collaborative outreach to and through Richmond’s arts communities, each edition of The Makers Series brings together three “makers”—a writer, a visual artist, and a musician—to discuss their history and practice as artists and believers, touching on a unifying theme. In a coffee house setting with refreshments available throughout, each guest presents for 20 minutes, followed by a moderated conversation between the three and the audience, seeking to find commonalities between each maker’s experiences and to draw out insights about faith, culture, and creativity.



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