A Praxis Reflection: Making Memorial Doves for the Philadelphians Killed By Violence in 2013, after worship on 2.24

A Praxis Reflection: Making Memorial Doves for the Philadelphians Killed By Violence in 2013, after worship on 2.24

You — anyone and everyone, whether you are here every week or it’s your first Sunday at Old First — are invited to a workshop, a joint art project, a time of prayer (what to call such a gathering?) after church on February 24.

We will begin the process of creating a memorial dove for each person who has been killed by violence so far in 2013, as an act of love and a statement of our faith. So far, the year to date number is 25.

The plan is that these doves will fly in the courtyard of the church.

We will begin our time by sharing the names of those who have died and what, if anything, we know about each person who we are remembering. It is interesting, but the names are not all readily available. And stories about their deaths even less easy to come by. But we will make a dove for each of the 25, because they have already died, even if we don’t yet know who they were.

Then there will be a time of silence and some prayers.

Then comes the artwork. There will be tracing, cutting, some stringing and twisting of wire. No prior craft skills or deep artistic talent required. If making things with your hands intimidates you, but you are concerned about gun violence in our society, come anyway…

We are working together to create the project, as well as reflecting prayerfully, and your presence will add to the effort and our experience.

We will close with a brief sharing of what the act of creation in the face of so much destruction is like.

Please join us…

Karen, Janice, Michael