Embodied Faith and the Art of Edward Knippers

Friday, September 20 through Saturday, September 21
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

The Embodied Faith symposium will gather pastors, artists, educators, art historians, theologians, art appreciators, and others to explore the dynamics of embodiment in the life of faith and in the paintings of Edward Knippers. In addition, the symposium will feature an original dance performance in response to Knippers’ body of work as well as a participatory drum circle. The Knippers exhibit at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Charlotte will include over two dozen works, including several of his large-scale works that have never been displayed publicly. In keeping with the emphasis on embodiment and the importance of experiencing Knippers’ work in person, there will not be a virtual option for this symposium.

“Disembodiment is not an option for the Christian.” This statement by visual artist Edward Knippers is a guiding principle in his work, which features the human body, often in connection with biblical scenes. Disembodiment is not an option for those who believe that human beings are created in God’s image with beautiful bodies, that everything from sin to salvation are embodied experiences, and that God’s redemption comes through the broken and risen body of Jesus.

The paintings of Edward Knippers invite us to consider the goodness, brokenness, mystery, and glory of Christ’s body as well our own, urging us to grapple with the temptation to avoid, sexualize, downplay, or disparage bodies along with a fully embodied faith.

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Friday, September 20 through Saturday, September 21 · add to calendar 2024-09-20 09:00:00 2024-09-21 17:00:00 America/New_York Embodied Faith and the Art of Edward Knippers https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/429206/embodied-faith-and-the-art-of-edward-knippers Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 14524 Choate Circle, Charlotte, NC, 28273

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