onWORD will use the arts as a way to continue a weekly journey through scripture in a series running until June 1. We invite you to come and explore scripture with your mind and your senses -- experiencing scripture in new ways and allowing some pre-conceptions to be challenged!
May 4 - Beauty and Creativity
Tim Willson (Taylor College and Seminary) will open this series on the Fine Arts, exploring creativity as a powerful tool in our journey through Scripture. This shortened session will be followed by film screening of a cinematic masterpiece, Krystof Kieslowski's The Decalogue (episode 1).
May 11 - Mark His Word
Actor Hunter Barnes (Somerset, NJ) performs the entire Gospel of Mark in a moving, memorable and dramatic encounter with Scripture!
May 18 - Bono's Bible
Professor Tyler Williams (The King’s University College) will explore biblical themes in the music of U2. Arguably the biggest rock band in the world, U2 will visit Edmonton in June–making this an excellent time to examine the band’s lyrics in light of scripture.
May 25 - Brush Strokes: Encountering the Risen Christ in Art
Dr. Allan Effa (Taylor Seminary) will lead an art meditation, leading viewers through works of art that illuminate biblical texts. These portrayals can shed new light on these familiar passages – come and “see” things that can easily be overlooked. Dr. Effa will discuss the role of art in the history of Christianity, share several important things to look for in Christian art, lead an engaging reading of Scripture, and then delve into three powerful pieces of art. The first will be a 14th century Greek Orthodox icon of the Anastasis or “Resurrection” which is preserved as a fresco in St. Savior Chora’s church in Istanbul. The second painting will be Caravaggio’s oil on canvas Supper at Emmaus dated 1600. The third paining will be Caravaggio’s The Incredulity of Thomas.
June 1 - The Rich Man and Lazarus: A Lens on Scripture
Rev. Thomas Brauer (Anglican Diocese of Edmonton) will share how Jesus’ parable of the rich man and Lazarus has shaped a unique outreach to Edmonton street kids using photography. Let these photos and scriptures challenge you in fresh ways!