The LORD said to Abram, “Leave your land, your relatives, and your father's home. Go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing to all nations.” GEN 12:1-2 We are all Abraham's descendants. Jews, Christians and Muslims bring with them, together with their unique birthrights from the Father of the great Western Faiths, the longstanding, seminal sibling rivalries that run through the lines and life of Abraham's family. And yet for all our differences, each of our three faiths believes in a God who is known and manifest to us as Divinely revealed. Mystic, martyr, messenger of the Good News, our seeds come from the fertile ground of the first man to understand God's eclipsing, encompassing oneness. Jews and Christians live their lives in accordance to the Hebrew Scriptures and the Gospel of Jesus Christ; Muslims live according to the five pillars of Islam and the word of Allah, which came through their last and final prophet, Muhammud. All of us though with different trajectories, revolve around the briilliant light that is One God. There is no God but God, and blessed is [s]HE who comes in the name of God.
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MICHAEL CARTER contributes an exclusive original; collaborative work with founder Deborah Rise Mrantz. Ahava/Love will be available as supra-high quality Giclee repro on canvas, as the newest fine art addition to GUILDWORKS iABRAHAM la Bodega digital storefront!
This past fall, Guildworks artist ERLING HOPE was part of a team created by Temple Adas Israel to re-envision the festival of Sukkot as a community-wide Jewish Harvest Festival. Erling Hope re-designed their sukkah.
Mark One of quadriptych The Four Evangelists project by Guildworks artist Lil Copan. Read more here
Felicidades! Trinity Band wins the Silver Dove Award (NL’s equivalent to the Dove Awards) for best album of 2012 for their album Que Mas. Purchase their specially signed first press CDsto benefit the homelesshere
Check out Ruh al'Alam/ Visual Dhikr short motion art video VDO at visualdhikr.com. Al'Alam’s work is featured at the Islamic Arts Festival and spans the gamut from traditional Islamic calligraphy to design with ecumenist sensibility.
The priestly vocation is characterized by [human] reconciliation and healing which testifies to the presence of the kingdom of God even in the midst of a broken world, a world governed by powers and principalities that deny the world its eucharistic identity. But it is a world in which God is "making everything new"(REV 21:5). A sacramental worldview brings to the fore the importance of the priestly vocation, a vocation not limited to the clergy but intended for all members of the church, for [humanity's] destiny is to be a kingdom of priests (EX 19:6). Humanity has a unique responsibility in this sacramental world which is underwritten, sustained, made visible and mediated by the church, sacramental reality of the world. This responsibility is first and foremost a priestly role, established through Christ's fulfillment of the priestly role given to Adam. …The clergy as set apart from the laity are so set apart only to reveal the priestly role (1PET 2:9) of all those baptized into the body of Christ. Siedell, D
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For any cultivar of religious and spiritual endeavors, forging new ground of belonging for ministry that bridges our Abrahamic faiths while building vibrant, new communities–in an already burgeoning, modern, prophetic culture is both arduous and exhilarating. You are here.
You’re at the intersection of three great Abrahamic faiths engaging with each other, with Jewish, Muslim and Christian adherents encouraged to enter into dialogue about faith’s most difficult questions, religions' newly emerging, considered and re-examined answers (from conservative to contemporary theologies), to contribute to spiritual and worship communities’ cross-faith building-blocks for engagement in a culture of life. New places, paradigms existing squarely inside unique faith-specificity, while following the golden thread between them.
From the Wailing Wall of Solomon’s temple, to the dome of the rock at Al Aqsa, to the Church of the HolySepulchre–we’re called to tender openness and welcome for strangers entering our tents. And to cultivate compassion, mercy, lovingkindness in warm hospitality for others where shared fellowship informs lived faith. Where differences remind us not to turn away strangers–but to extend deep embrace from our common crossroads, to ‘pitch our tent among strangers’ and prayerfully, invite God’s grace entering through angels unaware. We'll continue to bring LOGOS GUILDWORKS MINISTRIES online these next few months. As conversations ensue, interact via our youTube channel with different dimensions in faith-formation and pastoral care–our language and lexicon of the Good News of God's word and work in the world. Please journey patiently with us. And Godspeed.
Welcome to the fertile ground of our GUILDWORKS communities! Sow. Cultivate. Reap richness and depth of Holy Spirit inspiring our compelling, common humanity. Contribute and co-collaborate in building a new ground of belonging–concepting, constructing, setting foundations of concrete and stones in kingdom-values. Build a city on a Hill. And, L’shana Haba’a b’Yerushalayim; Next year, in Jerusalem. Please participate with us and create your member login. Belong to the Guildworks community!
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BENJAMIN B DEVAN has taught religion, philosophy, and African American literature at North Carolina Central University, Peace College, and a January term mini-course at MIT titled, "Religion: Bringing the World Together, or Tearing the World Apart?" He completed his MA in Counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary, his MDiv at Duke University, a ThM at Harvard in World Religions with a thesis on evangelical Christians and Islam, and is now a doctoral candidate at Durham University, UK, writing a dissertation on the New Atheism.
MICHAEL CARTER is involved in education from curriculum design and classroom teaching to speaking at national conferences which he's been active in for two decades. His teachings posts have ranged from Kindergarten to University level. In the mid-1990's, Michael was asked to develop an art program for Westminster Academy in Memphis, TN., one of the premier Classical Christian Schools in the U.S., where he eventually taught Art, History and Latin for several years. Currently Michael teaches art and creative writing at Trinity Christian Preparatory School in Charlotte, NC.
JASON A GORONCY (PhD, St Andrews) is a Presbyterian Minister of Word and Sacrament teaching in the areas of theology, church history and pastoral care, and who serves as Dean of Studies at the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership in Dunedin, as the adviser on local ordained ministries and local ministry teams for the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. Jason has published in a number of academic and popular journals, has contributed to select edited volumes and is currently working on two monographs on PT Forsyth. His current research interests lie chiefly in Reformed identity, theological anthropology and ministerial formation.
ERLING HOPE currently serves as President of the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture, NYC, and served as Artist-in-Residence for Andover Newton Theological Schools summer Institute for Theology and the Arts, 1999-2002, and served as Pastoral Clerk for Peconic Bay Quaker Meeting from 2006-2009. He is a tourist trapped in a local's body and a third generation maker of things.
DEBORAH RISA MRANTZ is currently an MDIV seminarian at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston MA; she is also founder and principal creative of LOGOS GUILDWORKS MINISTRIES. Deborah's work has developed over thirty years from formative arts-worship apprenticeships at Congregationalist Punahou School, continuing through Jewish theological work in sculpture and liturgical-ecumenical arts, maturing and culminating with work in the lexicons of language—publishing, printing, and cross-sensory digital design. In an inter-religious syntheses melding Judaism's culture, faith and ethnicity with Christianity's worship and contemplative life, Deborah articulates both these faiths re-envisioning God's word, pastorally partnering the passion of the first Evangelists with Chassidic Judaism's joyful witness, contemporarily voicing theological richness in the Hebrew bible and Christian Gospels.
EXECUTIVE MUSIC MANAGER AND INTERFAITH CONSULTANT
FRANK FREDERICKS is the Executive Director of World Faith, an interfaith community service network with chapters in six countries. Fredericks works as an Online Marketing Consultant and has consulted businesses, artists, and non-profits, including the Cordoba Initiative. As an active blogger, Frank contributes to a number of blogs, including the Huffington Post. He is an Interfaith Youth Core Fellows alumnus, UN Alliance of Civilizations presenter, and has been interviewed by Good Morning America, NPR, New York Magazine, and various international media outlets.