Center for Faith and Vocation

Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Seminar Information

An Initiative of Butler University's Center for Faith and Vocation


Please join us for our 2nd round Artist Exhibition and Presentations on Wednesday, January 28 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm at Christian Theological Seminary in Shelton Auditorium.  Free and open to the public. You won't want to miss this evening overflowing with creativity.

Congratulations to the newly selected round 3 artists:

Von Biggs, Michael Brady, Hector Hernandez, JL Kato, Kris Mobley, Kate Oberreich, Terry Ofner, Sherry Polley, Ben Rose, Jeff Rothenberg, Gary Walters and Michele Woods.

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 exhibition.  

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 nature
of humanity and good and evil.  It has been the inspiration for music, visual art, literature and poetry.


Round 1 participants in the seminar held during Spring 2014 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.  

Round 2 participants in the seminar held during Fall 2014 included: 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.

This short video was produced by round 1 Seminar artist Dan Cooper.



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 were 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, are 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 Wagner. 

What to Expect:

  • A respectful and stimulating environment that is designed to nurture creativity.
  • 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 non-belief.

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 public forum.

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 Seminary.  

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. - 8:00p.m. 


Session III Spring 2015 seminar dates are Thursdays, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 19. and 26.

Session III Spring 2015 culminating Exhibition and program date TBD.

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 accepted 

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, 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 4 will open up in 2015. 
  • For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Sandy Sasso either by email or at (317) 789-8853.
  • A committee will review all submissions for Round 4 and respond with acceptance/non-acceptance.

This project is being made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. also in Partnership with Christian Theological Seminary.