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Art and faith

Features Adrian Gibb with St Thomas' Toowong treasurer David Allen and The Rev'd Tom Sullivan Features

From reluctant convert to active lay leader

“Regarding my various lay parish activities – it is vital to me that I feel as though I am contributing. I recall once hearing a cricket commentator say that 90 per cent of people can find the problems, but only about 10 per cent can come up with solutions and act on them. So I strive to be a part of the 10 per cent. Helping to provide alternatives for those seeking a spiritual home is highly rewarding and very enjoyable,” says Adrian Gibb from St Thomas’, Toowong

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Meet the Artist 1: Rebecca Holland and the Cathedral Shop

Gifted digital artist Rebecca Holland tells us about her art and a special piece, described as “an oasis in the midst of the city”, that she created for the Cathedral Shop which is featured on jigsaws, tote bags and mugs: “I don’t just draw figuratively…I am usually a bit more abstract, so I decided to draw the building, but also have the community aspect in it…the music, the coffee and the hands…to emphasise the community”

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Aboriginal art: remembering and healing

“Growing up, I would sit with my mother and grandmother and listen to the stories of our traditional customs, hunting and gathering, creation and dreaming stories, animals in the area and daily practices. My mother guided me in translating these stories through a variety of techniques and tools onto canvas and other forms of art,” says Kuku Yalanji woman and Anglicare Southern Queensland staff member Lalania Tusa

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Painting’s blessing: a mysticism of sight

“When I paint, I never think of it as representing the content of my faith, even when I’m painting something religious…painting is for me an act of faith, a way of staying faithful, perhaps to God, or to the open wonder of existence,” says Dr Peter Kline from St Francis College in our ‘How my art intersects with my faith’ series

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Creative faith

“My art and my faith are definitely intertwined. One without the other is just not possible. And, art and faith and healing are also irrevocably intertwined. A lesson I have happily learned over time,” says artist and disability advocate Elizabeth Mosely from the Parish of Auchenflower-Milton

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From DC Talk to Live on Mars

“Connecting with people through music is my favourite way of living out my faith in Jesus who told us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves,” says the Justice Unit’s Peter Branjerdporn in our continuing series ‘How my art intersects with my faith’