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In this issue of ARTS, we are featuring an interview that John Shorb conducted with Los Angeles artist Lynn Aldrich, who makes sculptures out the objects of everyday life. She speaks with John about the role of faith in her works that treat environmental themes and the problems of mass consumerism. The issue opens with Elizabeth-Jane McGuire’s exploration of the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose own spiritual journey maps convincingly to compositions he was writing in the early twentieth century. We also are pleased to publish in this issue poetry by Ahna Phillips, Robert Cording, Bonnie Thurston, and Maryanne Hannan—and we are grateful to the editorial work of Mark Burrows for his curation of these poems. Amy E. Gray contributes reflections of her dual calling to Christianity and to art. She traces the evolution of her works of cut paper and thread for our regular “in the studio” column. Maria Fee writes about artist Natalia Goncharova’s prophetic stance in Russia on the eve of the Revolution and encourages modern-day artists to follow Goncharova’s lead by addressing the most pressing concerns of the modern day in their art. Sabrina D. MisirHiralall offers a piece on the pedagogy of mindfulness in her article for our “in the classroom” column, in which she speaks of insights by Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Hạnh that she then applies to Kuchipudi Indian Classical Hindu Dance. Mark McInroy rounds out the issue with notes on four new titles in theology and the arts.
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); St. John's University (MN); Union Theological Seminary (NY); and Wesley Theological Seminary. 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.