"Moving Image" is the fourth in a series of five symposia of the Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture focusing on the role of the arts in theological education. The influence of film, video and digital arts in contemporary culture has often been studied. But their function in theological education is as yet unclear even as they begin to find their way into religious services. With steady consistency, these media have been used for decades to explore "the spiritual liberation of the soul" (Viola), to probe the theological dimensions of banality and depravity ("Pulp Fiction"), to infuse religious themes with visceral immediacy ("The Passion of the Christ").
Whether the intention of the artist is to explore, challenge, or affirm religious sensibilities, the influence and prevalence of these media on the American religious landscape cannot be ignored. We invite you to examine the impact and possibilities of these "moving images" on the religious life of the culture.

-- Erling Hope


Saturday May 1st, 2004

All sessions will be held at Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027

9:15 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast

9:45 a.m. Welcome - Mary McNamara

Introduction to Program - Erling Hope

10:00 a.m. Macky Alston - Family Name

11:15 a.m. Respondents and Conversation

Geoffrey Fairweather

Norris Chumley

12:00 Lunch

1:00 p.m. Annual Meeting

Induction of new ARC Fellows

1:15 p.m. Bill Viola - The Messenger

Commentary: Dr. David Jasper

2:00 p.m. Video Art as a Component of Worship

Janet Walton

Troy Messenger

3:00 p.m. Respondents and Conversation

Robin Jensen

Lisa DiFranza

3:45 p.m. Epilogue - Eileen Crowley

4:15 p.m. Discussion

5:00 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception

Registration information:

Members/Fellows $45
Non-Members  $50; Students $15
Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and reception.
($5.00 extra at the door.)

To register
 please contact Charles Henderson
Tel: 212-870-2544

A limited number of newly-renovated Landmark guest rooms with private bath are available at Union Theological Seminary at $125.00 per night.  Phone: 212-280-1315 and indicate that you are with the ARC/Union symposium.

To discuss this or other ARC programs, please check our message board

ARC Message Board

More about ARC
including membership information and news about our recently published book:
 The ARC Story

From time to time the Board of Directors elects as Fellows individuals it identifies as having made a distinguished contribution to their respective fields. The list of Fellows elected over a period of nearly four decades thus exemplifies what the Society understands as the necessary and vital connections between art, religion and culture.

ARC Fellows


Winter 2004
Religion and the Visual Arts

Fall 2003
Theology and Music

Spring 2003
Theology and Poetry:
Languages that Shape the Soul

Winter 2003
Tracing the Garden

Fall 2002
Drawing on the Human

Spring 2002
Alfred Barr and
the Religious Dimension of Modernism

Winter 2002
A Theology of Beauty

Fall 2001
Lifting the Veil

May 2001

February 2001
Performance and Symposium

November 2000
Illuminations & Transformations:
Cross-Cultural Spiritual Dynamics 
in Music, Text, Dance and Film

May 2000
Alternative Readings: 
Sacred Text Embodied in Visual Art

February 2000
The Meaning of Myth

November 1999
Myth, Ritual and the Mediation of Violence

May, 1999
Writers' Ways with Loving and Dying

February, 1999 
The Divine Image
Implications for a changing image of God.

October, 1998 
Uneasy Constellations of Meaning
Theological Perceptions and Visual Images in Sixteenth Century Europe &
The Religious Art of Andy Warhol

hares.jpg (5471 bytes) andy1.gif (28394 bytes)

May, 1998 Meeting
AYNI: The Andean Concept of Reciprocity

Webpage design courtesy CrossCurrents
Charles Henderson, Executive Director



Click here to learn more about ARC