The theme for November’s magazine is Saints in Light.
The phrase “saints in light,” used in both the Book of Common Prayer and the Book of Alternative Services, can be diversely associated with faith communities, past and present, as well as exemplary individuals commemorated by Christian communities. The phrase is also aesthetically rich, bringing to mind “saints” religious and otherwise, and forms of light both material and abstracted.
In this month’s magazine, Chenene Layne, Coordinator of Spiritual Care Education at St Boniface Hospital, reflects on the art of “being” rather than “doing” alongside those who are suffering, and the meaningfulness of caring presence in our most difficult times.
Next, Jane Barter writes about capitalist expropriation of art and artistic creation in her review of “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” in which highly mediated “immersive experiences” of the artist’s work distort, simplify, and exploit Van Gogh’s personal anguish and his artistic output.
Finally, an interview with renowned iconographer Vera Senchuk explores Orthodox understandings of saints and iconography, and the iconographer’s task of “searching for the light” of Christ in the writing of icons.
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