Cardiphonia, a department of Artists in Christian Testimony Intl.

Brentwood, Tennessee
2021

Project Director: Anna Gabhart

To curate art and liturgy into an experience of Stations of the Resurrection that will promote a deeper engagement with the season of Eastertide and the grace of Christ's resurrection.

Summarize your grant project and how it will address a need in your worshiping community.

Our focus is to enter more deeply into Eastertide by implementing a devotional exercise of the Stations of the Resurrection through textual, visual, and musical expressions.  Through the curation of art and liturgy by a diverse group of artists in our community, we hope to cultivate light, hope, salvation, restoration, and renewal in our worshipping communities, especially after a season of darkness.  We will walk with Jesus through the encounters he had following the resurrection. 

What two questions might you ask about worship in the coming year that will generate theological reflection and shape your project?

How is the mystery of grace and Christ's resurrection central to building bridges within our communities across different contexts and traditions? 

How do the movements of Jesus after the resurrection influence our physical, verbal, and liturgical movements of worship today? 

How will your project impact the worship life and habits of the congregation?

Our project will be an ongoing and (possibly changing) resource that guides congregations through the 50 days after the resurrection of Christ. It will focus on encountering Christ and one another through creating, learning, worshiping, and praying together. Through collective reading and studying of scripture, our worship life and habits will be changed. 

What might be your greatest challenges (or challenging opportunities)?

One of our greatest challenges could be coordinating everyone that we hope will be involved in the project. We are hoping to work with multiple/diverse churches and individuals locally and across the country. Working with schedules and coordinating events with others is always a challenge, but our goal is to encounter and engage many different people along the way. Also the unknowns of how life will be as the world begins to open up again after a pandemic. 

What do you hope to learn from the Grants Event and other grant recipients?

We hope to learn new ways of engaging a wider range of people into the project. We hope to learn about previous successful grants, ways to stay motivated and creative throughout the process, and about the motivations behind other projects. We also hope to deepen our understanding of what worship is and how it informs our lives as Christ followers.