Join Us for an Art Pilgrimage this Lenten Season

The General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church invites you to a Lenten journey around Washington, D.C.

From March 1 - April 13, 2017, the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill will be host to one of 14 pieces of the Stations of the Cross art exhibition across the city. This public art pilgrimage will take art lovers from the Mall, through downtown D.C., and up to the National Cathedral. The 14 works of art on display, one for each station, run the gamut from Old Master paintings, to national monuments, to newly commissioned art installations. Each work invites viewers to connect Jesus' Passion with the plight of people who are excluded and persecuted in society today. The piece at the United Methodist Building is entitled "Disrupting the Cradle to Prison Pipeline" and will be Station #1: Jesus is Condemned to Death. It is created by Ndume Olatushani, an artist and death row exoneree.

Jesus’ words upon the cross, “Why have you forsaken me?” speak acutely to the anguish and alienation felt by many today, from immigrants and refugees to religious, ethnic, and sexual minorities.

During last year's exhibition in London, participants took a self-guided public art pilgrimage across the city with the help of a mobile app. This year, the Stations project is being held in Washington, D.C. and will encompass

We hope you find time during Lent to come and view the piece outside of the United Methodist Building. We also invite you to several events at the United Methodist Building that will launch the Stations of the Cross exhibition.

  • Wednesday, March 1 at 12:10 p.m. - Ash Wednesday service, with the imposition of ashes, at the United Methodist Building in Simpson Memorial Chapel
  • Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. - Stations of the Cross panel conversation and reception at the United Methodist Building featuring Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, Ndume Olatushani, and the creative directors behind the exhibit

If interested in attending the launch event on Thursday, March 2 please RSVP by emailing Arrien Davison at stationsdc@gmail.com.

 

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