Radical Inclusion: Faith & Art

Acceptance Fern Bolduc
Acceptance By Fern Bolduc, Bashaw (AB) United Church

With Radical Inclusion as theme for the Chinook Winds Regional Council’s Meeting September 15-17, worship leaders sought out artwork from within Alberta that depicted the theme. Chinook Winds Region Presiding Officer Helen Reed and Vicki McPhee, Symons Valley United Church led worship.

We are creatures with many senses and we know that our faith connections are enhanced by music, by movement, by colour, by focussed meditation.
For the Regional Meeting’s second day worship, we sought images to inspire us to think about what Radical Inclusion may look like. These images were presented in worship backed by music, to relax us and open our minds to possibilities.
We found some artwork already gracing the space of churches…
• Glass work “Acceptance” by Fern Bolduc in Bashaw United Church
• “Covenants” quilt art by Colleen Marchant, Vicki McPhee and Michelle Middleton
• “Let the children come to me” –stained glass window, Camrose (AB) United Church
We also approached artists and asked them to depict Radical Inclusion for us. These artists with deliberation and meditation graciously, amazingly and quickly created provoking images
• Draw the Circle Wide by Anne Chapman-Heinemeyer
• Radical Inclusion. Rev. Dr. Catherine Holland, Anglican Priest
• Radical Inclusion. Terrie Chedore, Diaconal Minister, UCC

You are invited to revisit these spiritual arts. What does Radical Inclusion feel like, look like for you?