Religion, Spirituality, and the
Arts Seminar Information
An Initiative of Butler University's Center for Faith and
Congratulations to the next
group of 12 artists participating in round 2 of
the seminar taking place during the fall of 2014.
They are as follows:
Jean Arnold, Gabrielle Cerberville, Anthony Elia, Kim
Charles Ferrill, Heidi Fledderjohn, Sofiya Inger, Bruce
Loewenthal, Gail Payne, Kyle Ragsdale, Wendy Vergoz, Shelly White
Wood and Roger Roe.
ARTISTS: For Information on applying for Round 3 of this
seminar, please see link for application at the bottom of this
page. Applications being accepted starting November
Join the discussion at Spirit & Place on
November 10, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.
Religion, Spirituality and the Arts at Spirit & Place
Artists Becoming the New Theologians
How do Indianapolis religious communities engage artists and
How do Indianapolis artists form the religious and spiritual
narratives that inform their work?
Local artists and theologians discuss bridge-building between
the often disconnected communities of religion and art. Artists
from the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts program provide
perspective from their personal journeys on the topic. Audience
roundtables also explore: What happens when artists act as
theologians through their creative interpretations? How do
religious leaders engage with art and artists as a vehicle for
expression and understanding?
Register and get tickets.
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What is the Religion, Spirituality & the Arts Seminar?
Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts: A Symposium is a new
initiative to bring people together from diverse artistic
disciplines, practices and religious/spiritual perspectives for a
sustained study and reflection on a Biblical text. Twelve 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
For Rounds 1 and 2 the selected text was "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.
For Round 3 the text will be "Cain and Abel", Genesis
4. This narrative raises many questions about the
of humanity and good and evil. It has been the inspiration
for music, visual art, literature and poetry.
Participants for the first
seminar Included Dawn Batson, Jean Benabou, Dan
Cooper, John Domont, Casey Eskridge, Jason Griffith, Pam Blevins
Hinkle, David Landis, Ray Marquette, Callie Smith, Julie Stewart
and Denise Williams. Artistic disciplines include music
composition, painting, photography, poetry, fiction and
This short video was produced by round 1 Seminar artist Dan
Who are the Faculty?
Religious leader and author, Rabbi
Sandy Sasso (who has been adjunct faculty at Butler University
and Christian Theological Seminary) will direct the seminar. The
faculty for round 1 was Dr. Hilene Flanzbaum, Dr.
Elizabeth Mix and Dr. Michael Sells, professors of
creative writing, religion, art, music, dance and theater
respectively, from Butler University and Dr. Frank Burch Brown,
theologian on faculty from Christian Theological Seminary. The
faculty for round 2 of the seminars, in the Fall of 2014, will
be Dr. Hilene Flanzbaum, Mindy Taylor Ross, and Dr. Michael Sells.
Also joining us for the Fall seminar will be guest faculty; Dr.
Brent Hege and Dr. James McGrath. Faculty participants for
round 3 will be Dr. Michael Sells, Julia Muney Moore and Shari
What to Expect:
- A respectful and stimulating environment that is designed to
- A world class faculty from Butler and CTS from across the
disciplines of religion and the arts.
- A diverse group of students respectful of belief and
Who is Invited to Apply?
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. Seminar participants
will produce creative work to be performed and/or exhibited in a
When and Where Will We Meet?
Sessions will be held for 2.5 hours weekly for a total of six
weeks and will meet evenings from 6p.m.-8:30p.m. on the
campuses of Butler University and the Christian Theological
Session I Spring 2014 seminar dates are January 28,
February 4, 11, 25, March 4 and 18.
Session I Spring 2014 culminating Exhibition and Program date is
April 30 from 5:00p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Session II Fall 2014 seminar dates are September
16, 23, October 7, 14, 28 and November 4.
Session II Fall 2014 culminating Exhibition and Program will be
on January 28, 2015 at Christian Theological Seminary from 6:00p.m.
Session III Spring 2015 seminar dates are Thursdays, February 5,
12, 26, March 5, 19. and 26 (participants must be available to
attend seminar dates).
Session III Spring 2015 culminating Exhibition and program date
What is Required for Consideration?
- Fill out the application form (link below for form) and return
with your submission
- Artist Resume
- 3 examples of your work, no web-site links are
How to Submit:
- Please send ALL three completed requirements as attachments
(incomplete submissions will not be accepted) by email
to: Dr. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso at RSA@butler.edu, subject line: RSA
submission Your Name.
1. Completed Application
Form (please click on this link to download form)
2. Artist resume
3. 3 examples of work, no web site links please
- Applications for round 3 will accepted from November
1 through November 24, 2014 (including November 24).
- For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Sandy Sasso either by
email or at (317)
- A committee will review all submissions and respond with
acceptance/non-acceptance by email on December 15, 2014.
This project is being made
possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. also
in Partnership with Christian Theological Seminary.