Last week, Rachel Held Evans posted a link to this site for the Old & New Project. I spent a fair bit of time looking through the varied images that two graphic designers have assembled, being inspired by scriptures, and committing to excellent design as well as an unfiltered response to the passages that they are designing for. I appreciate that they haven’t tried to wrap every story concept up in a nice, resolved way. There is beauty, confusion and some great humor in these designs, and I encourage you to check them out. What’s more, they are donating proceeds from the sale of prints to the fine folks at blood:water mission.
Elsewhere, David Hayward, aka Naked Pastor, shared a moving illustration entitled, Are You A Spiritual Refugee? As we see the increasing number of people identifying as being of no faith, many of whom are disenfranchised from the churches of origin. After explaining his definitions of spiritual refugee as well as Internally Displaced Persons, Hayward writes, “They are either in unhappily or out altogether. It is a terrible choice to make that some find liberating and others find extremely terrifying. Just like refugees and internally displaced persons.”
Writing like this continues to chalenge me to consider just how welcoming our churches are, and to ask how we can be more intentional about creating spaces that welcome, give rest and peace and excitement and inspiration to those who are seeking a place of refuge.