Theme 1989: Participation, priesthood, pastoral care
This Christian Artists week had each day a plenairy meeting in the format of a plenum. These plenums were done by key speakers John Smith (Australia), Gerald Coates (UK) and Arne Hoglund (Sweden). These plenums had 3 aspects
- PARTICIPATION. John Smith presented again his views how a real Christian artist has to stand in the real world. So he/she will participate in local life, community life. Aspects that matter are the notions of justice and truth, and the relationship with the poor and the mariginalised.
- PRIESTHOOD. Gerald Coates presented those aspect show a Christian artist should be active like a priest. Working with prayer, consideration, working on understanding and reconciliation.
- PASTORAL CARE. Arne Hoglund presented his views on this matter, why a Christian artist has an obligation to a form of pastoral care for persons (audience) who are blessed or schocked by appearance, exhibitions, concert tours, plays, poems and such. Presenting art is not equal with throwing a bomb and walk away. You can not walk away even from persons who totally disagree with your art(form). So there is a kind of responsability that every Christian artist has.
- It is up to the artist him/herself who these aspects should be integrated and considered in privat and public life.