Art, Justice, Faith

The intersection of art, justice, and faith is a powerful crucible for change, transformation, and possibility. An old workers' rights/suffragette song, "Bread and Roses," speaks to me of this intersection. Part of the chorus is: "Hearts starve as well as bodies, give us bread, but give us roses." There is deep truth in these words for the work of faith and justice in the world. Our faith calls us to care for those in need and justice demands that the care be tangible -- real bread, real clothes, real shelter -- not just the promise of some future heavenly reward. Art reminds us that our souls have needs beyond the utilitarian -- needs for beauty, delight, expression, humor. Give us bread, but give us roses.

 

Roses in Bloom, Portland, Oregon
May 2016
Photo by Mary Kay Totty