In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality presents “The Arts and Ecumenism — What Theology Risks in Artistic Creation” in May & October 2017. The symposium will focus on the evolving visions of the function of contemporary sacred art.
Presentations in Paris, Strasbourg, Florence and New Haven will discuss Catholic and Protestant approaches to art through history, theology, liturgical contexts, and post-Vatican II developments, with specific references to areas of exchange between American and European viewpoints.
The final weekend of the Symposium in October 2017, in Orleans MA, will be the culmination of the exploration of sacred arts and ecumenism: a celebration of “The Word in Color and Form” focusing on the creativity behind and expression in both the visual and performing arts. The Community of Jesus will host live workshop demonstrations of mosaic, fresco, and Gregorian chant; lecture presentations of papers and panel discussions; exhibits of contemporary sacred art by artists Susan Kanaga and Filippo Rossi; liturgies of Compline, Choral Evensong, and Eucharist; and a fully staged presentation of Vaughan Williams’ opera, The Pilgrim’s Progress, performed by the internationally-acclaimed choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, in the Church of the Transfiguration.
May 12-13, 2017: Paris, France
May 19-20, 2017: Strasbourg, France
May 25-27, 2017: Florence, Italy
October 20-21, 2017: New Haven, Connecticut, USA
October 27-29, 2017: Orleans, Massachusetts, USA