The New York Times recently featured James He Qi and several other world artists in ‘Searching for a Jesus Who Looks More Like Me.’
Next week (October 15), He Qi will deliver the Vancouver School of Theology’s annual Somerville Lecture.
Eric Copage’s article began with these words:
Close your eyes and imagine that Jesus is in front of you.
Is the man kneeling in prayer in the Garden at Gethsemane Chinese? Is the man sitting at the table of the Last Supper Navajo? Is the man dragging his cross toward Golgotha Nigerian? Or is the crucified figure a woman?
Likely as not, the image that presents itself to most Americans is of a lithe, bearded man with shoulder-length, chestnut-colored hair.
And whether he is a dashboard Jesus or the nearly 100-foot tall Cristo Redentor, arms outstretched atop a mountain rising over Rio de Janeiro, he is likely to be male – and white.
And said this about He Qi’s ‘Peace, Be Still’:
The Chinese painter James He Qi (pronounced “huh chi”) depicts the gospel story of Jesus and his disciples suddenly caught in a storm.
As the waves rise, the disciples turn fearfully to Jesus. With outstretched arms, he stills the winds and the water. As in Mark 4:39, “He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, Be still.”
“He Qi is influenced by the simple and beautiful artwork of the people in rural China,” said Mr. [Thomas] Hastings, quoting from the website of the Overseas Ministries Study Center [of which he is executive director].
“With bold colors, embellished shapes and thick brush strokes, he blends Chinese folk art and the iconography of the Western Middle Ages and Modern Art.”
Go here for the full article.
He Qi said this about his upcoming talk, ‘A Brief History of Chinese Christian Art and My Journey of Christian Art Creation’:
Christian art has been developed in China since 1,400 years ago, it’s mixed the western style with Chinese localization. It’s divided into four periods: Nestorian (Tang & Yuan Dynasty); Society of Jesus (Late Ming to Middle Qing Dynasty); Semi-Colonization (After Opium War to 1949); Contemporary (After Cultural Revolution).
As for my personal experience to be involved the Fourth movement, I’d like to share my witness, my suffering and my hopes.
Dr. James He Qi is an artist-in-residence and visiting scholar at Fuller Theological Seminary, former professor at Nanjing Theological Seminary (1983 – 2005) and visiting professor of Nanjing University and Nanjing Art Institute (1998 – 2002).
The Overseas Ministries Study Centre (OMSC) has featured at least a dozen artists, mainly from Asia, in its Artists in Residence Program, and has published several books on their work. Their 2006 book on He Qi is sold out, but he produced one himself in 2013.
October is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries is fully involved. Leslie Robertson, communications manager for the ministry, describes what they will be doing:
This month at Sanctuary, we’re doing something new. We’re going to spend the next few weeks promoting mental health awareness in easily-accessible and shareable ways, through our social media channels, collaborations with our ambassadors and friends, blog posts, and more.
We’ll be specifically focusing on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, as outlined in a UK study by the New Economics Foundation.
Every year in the first week of October, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health leads a national public education campaign on Mental Illness Awareness. Additionally, World Federation for Mental Health instituted World Mental Health Day on October 10 in order to increase mental health awareness and education, as well as advocate against social stigma.
The goals of these two major campaigns go hand-in-hand with our month-long campaign, which is designed to provide practical, engaging, social media-sized pieces that raise awareness, encourage self-care practices and provide helpful additional resources.
Go here for the full article.
Sanctuary CEO Daniel Whitehead will take part in what looks like a major gathering this Saturday (October 10), the Church Mental Health Summit, “a one-day virtual event equipping the church to support mental health in their communities.” His topic will be ‘Six Steps towards Faith and Mental Health Integration.’
Members of an Anglican Church are feeling called to buy an old Catholic church in Crescent Beach.
Admitting that the undertaking is particularly challenging during a pandemic, Rev. Ed Hird makes the case for the Project Oikos in the current (online) edition of The Light magazine:
The community of All Saints Church believe God is calling them to make the Holy Cross Church in Crescent Beach their home.
In order to do that, they need to raise $3 million: just over $2 million to buy the building and parking lot and just under $1 million to refurbish the inside of the building and parking lot.
The first priority is to maintain a sacred space. The historic tradition of Holy Cross Church is that people have prayed in that church since 1946.
Keeping a sacred space will honour the historical integrity of the congregations who have gone before. It also means that the wider community will have access to the sanctuary during the day for prayer, reflection and rest.
The second imperative for purchasing this church is to ensure that a ministry centre will complement the sacred space. A ministry centre will provide the Church community a place to serve the wider community.
Should you be interested in supporting this vision, saving an historic church, and investing in the Kingdom of God, please contact The Right Reverend Peter Klenner, pastor at All Saints Community Church (604-209-5570).