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On Faith: St. Phillip’s opens ‘Stations’ art project to the community

By Flo Johnston

Flo Johnston
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St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, a “high steeple” congregation located in the heart of downtown, is offering the larger community an opportunity to participate in its third annual “Stations of the Cross” art project.

During Holy Week, March 21-28, art works, drawings and paintings, photography and mixed media will be on public display in the church sanctuary.

The project is a religiously inspired artistic reflection on Jesus’ passion. Initially restricted to members of St. Philip’s, the event is now open to local artists who wish to participate.

The art project is intended to be a devotion to the Passion of Christ, recalling the end of Jesus’ life from his condemnation to his burial, according to the Rev. Jonah Kendall, rector.

“As part of our mission to be a church for all people, the congregation sees this year’s project as a community-wide invitation to artists from all walks of life to learn, reflect upon and participate in our sacred Christian tradition,” he said.

Work will be hung in the church sanctuary, 403 E. Main St., which will be open for prayer and meditation daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Holy Week. Area artists can participate by submitting drawings and paintings, photography and mixed media, all ready to hang.

St. Philip’s Art Guild, a member of the national Episcopal Church Visual Arts group, encourages artists and organizations to engage the visual arts in the spiritual life of the church.

As a reference, the Art Guild is using the 14 Episcopal stations. Details on these can be found online at bit.ly/1RyYpgD.

‘Jungian Diagnosis’

The C. G. Jung Society of the Triangle is holding a lecture and workshop, “A Jungian Diagnosis of Our Ecological Crisis,” on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill.

Jerome Bernstein, Jungian analyst and author from Santa Fe, will discuss how Carl Jung in 1960 made a clinical diagnosis of Western civilization. In his last essay before his death, he wrote: “Through scientific understanding our world has become dehumanized … (our] mora) and spiritual tradition has collapsed and has left a worldwide disorientation and dissociation.”

The Friday lecture from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the follow-up Saturday workshop from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will explore the following topics:

▪ Borderland consciousness and its critical role in healing

▪ Impact of the 2015 Paris Conference on global climate change

▪ How the Native American psyche can help re-infuse spirit into the polemic on global climate change

▪ The role of corporations in healing the Earth.

Co-sponsors are the Jung Society, the Center for Ecozoic Societies and the Rose Heart Sufi Community.

The Friday lecture fee is $10 and the Saturday workshop is $15 to $48, $35 for members.

McPherson lectureship

The 17th annual McPherson Lectureship on the topic “Grace Made Manifest in the Church” is on tap Sunday and Monday, Feb. 28-29, at First Presbyterian Church.

Douglas Ottati, professor of Reformed theology and Justice at Davidson College, will speak twice Sunday on “The Spirit and the Church” at 9:45 a.m. and “Why Do You Eat and Drink with Tax Collectors and Sinners?” at 11 a.m. at the church.

He will also give a 7 p.m. presentation at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian, 927 W. Trinity Ave., on the topic “A Welcoming Community of Grace and Forbearance.”

A seminar followed by lunch is set for 11 a.m. Monday on “The Church and a Peculiar Discipline of Grace.”

The public is invited to attend, but RSVPs are requested for the Monday seminar and lunch. Call the church office at 91-682-5511.

Young Adult Sunday

Upcoming events for Young Adult Sunday at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Ave., include an empowerment breakfast on Saturday and a special speaker on Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21.

Guest minister Brentley Wright will speak on “Kingdom Building Begins with Self-Building: Pursuing Spiritual Excellence” for the breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.

On Sunday, Feb. 21, Dr. Madeline Sadler, founder and director of the Exodus Foundation, will speak at 7:45 and 10:45 a.m. Exodus Foundation is a Christian faith based charity dedicated to serving formerly incarcerated African-Americans and those at risk of incarceration.

Both events are free and the public is welcome.

Contact Flo Johnston at fjohnston314@gmail.com or call 910-361-4135.