What is Making Glory?

Worship has traditionally encompassed verbal expressions—preaching, prayer, Communion, music. These methods of adoration toward God, while scriptural in themselves, are only a portion of the full possibilities of our expression of love for our Creator. Beauty, as expressed through the visual arts, completes the worship of our Maker in our spiritual lives. These forms of Making—ceramics, drawing, graphic design, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, textile arts—echo the Creation and connect us to what Makoto Fujimura calls the New Creation, the world to come.

We believe that God, the ultimate Maker, has given everyone gifts to create beauty. As Julia Cameron writes in The Artist’s Way, “Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.” Fujimura, in Art and Faith makes the argument that “mercy and the creation of beauty are the foundational essence for how we, fallen human beings, can participate in the sacred creation of the New.”

This magazine presents, engenders, and invites new perspectives on Christian worship, inspiring Makers in a variety of visual arts endeavors—from ceramics, drawing, and mixed media to painting, photography, sculpture, and textile arts—to share spiritual explorations of their art with their community of fellow worshippers. We raise questions—What is the role of Making within life as worship? How do we convert worshippers from takers to Makers? How do we co-create with God through our brokenness and pain? How do we reflect the resurrected Christ through our art?–and facilitate connections between and among ideas and Makers. We recognize the Holy Spirit as a vital and inspiring force within our creativity, a conduit for sharing our stories.

We strive to show up, listen, and be led by the Spirit, placing our ego aside and affirming as we create, “It’s not about us.”

Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

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