ARTS Vol. 26, No. 1—Released November 15th

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ARTS volume 26, number 1, is now available!

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In this issue, Wilson Yates reviews the 2014 meeting of ACE: Art and Christianity Enquiry International in London. Jason Steidl reflects on “Sacred Harp Singing and the Christian Eschatological Imagination,” and suggests that a community formed around the tradition of Sacred Harp singing is an inclusive community that mirrors several elements of heaven in the Christian eschatological imagination. Art historian and cultural theorist, Jonathan Koestlé-Cate, provides us with a look at Patrice Moor’s Stations of the Cross which, while not precisely seasonal, perhaps provides the basis for reflection on the occasion of All Hallow’s Eve and All Saints’ Day. With this issue, it is also my pleasure to welcome Mark Burrows as an associate editor; he will take the lead on reviewing submissions for our “in poetry” feature, and so we are in his debt as he offers us, in this issue, poems by Jane Hirshfield, Fr. John Julian, Sofia M. Starnes, and Diane Vreuls. Eric Worringer invites us to consider the pastor as curator of encounter in “Encountering the Other: Curation and Pastoral Identity.”  In “Little Is Much When God is in it: The ‘R5’ Visual Arts Seminar and Studio in South Africa,” art historian Rachel Hostetter Smith identifies some key strategies for transformative travel programs. She has now led faculty seminars to Indonesia and South Africa, and has curated art exhibits stemming from each immersion. For another installment of “in the gallery,” John Shorb interviews Jennifer Scanlan, the curator behind “Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden,” mounted at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City. And, to round things out, Lynda Sexson reviews Brent Plate’s, A History of Religion in 5½ Objects, and Mark McInroy offers notes on five new titles in theology and the arts. We hope that you will participate in the blog discussion about the arts and aesthetics in religious and theological studies, and we hope that this issue has you singing with harps, if you will, examining the state of your soul, considering anew the possibilities of ministry as curation, and dreaming about planning a study abroad experience for social transformation.

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ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies is the journal of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies (SARTS), and is published by the Religion and the Arts Program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas. ARTS appreciates the additional financial support of partner institutions, including CARE (The Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education at the GTU in Berkeley); Fuller Seminary; MOCRA (The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at SLU in St. Louis); St. John's University (MN); Union Theological Seminary (NY); Wesley Theological Seminary; and Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music. We are funded by donations from our partner institutions as well as individual memberships to the professional society and through subscriptions to ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. Your new or ongoing support is very much appreciated.