The Graduate Theological Union, in conjunction with the Center for Arts, Religion and Education, sponsored Modern Divine: An Interfaith Panel on Art and Spirituality on October 27 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. The panel, consisting of Deena Aranoff, CJS, Devin Zuber, PSR, Munir Jiwa, CIS, and Riess Potterveld, GTU (moderator), shared insights and reflections on works of art in the CJM exhibit Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art. (http://beyondbelief.thecjm.org/) This collaborative event showcased not only varied expressions of spirituality through artistic medium, but also the GTU and CARE’s ability to help the public better understand this vehicle for communicating deep, intense, and sometimes controversial matters of faith.
The GTU recognizes that art is a legitimate and quite common avenue for capturing and conveying spiritual values. Art speaks in ways that academic jargon and descriptive language cannot.