Applications are now being taken for Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts, a six-week symposium (6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 28-March 18) at Butler University designed to bring people together from diverse artistic disciplines, practices and religious/spiritual perspectives for a sustained study and reflection on a biblical text. This is a project of the Butler Center for Faith and Vocation.

bluehouse0813 004Twelve selected participants will be part of a seminar that will engage the sacred text as they seek inspiration to create new work (music, poetry, visual art, dance, drama, narrative, liturgical art). These works will be shared in the seminar and in a final community exhibition at the end of April 2014.  

Applicant may be anyone in the community who is active (as a professional or amateur) in one of the artistic disciplines. Selected applicants must be able to make a commitment to attend all six seminar sessions and engage in open and respectful dialogue. There will be a matriculation fee of $100.

To be considered, artists must submit:

-A statement of their philosophy.

-A bibliography (publications) and/or examples of their work.

-A list of academic degrees.

-A 500-word statement on what draws you to a program on religion, spirituality, and the arts. (Share an experience; discuss what questions you wrestle with in the intersection of religion and the arts.)

Send the completed applications to: Dr. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso at All applications must be received by November 11, 2013.  For more information, call (317) 789-8853.

Rabbi Sasso, a religious leader and author who has been adjunct faculty at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary, will direct the seminar. The faculty will be professors of religion, creative writing, art, music, dance and theater from Butler University and theologians on the faculty of Christian Theological Seminary.

The selected text for the spring is “The Binding of Isaac,” Genesis 22. The narrative raises many theological and human questions and has been the inspiration for musical compositions, paintings, sculptures and poetry.

The Center for Faith and Vocation is pleased to include this project as part of its ongoing work to encourage exploration of religion and calling in the lives of students, faculty, staff and members of the larger Indianapolis community. The progam is being made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc.


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