As you know, there was a time when Christians were known for their spiritual, intellectual and artistic contributions to society. Bach, Mendelssohn, Dante, Dostoevsky, Newton, Pascal, Rembrandt, TS Eliot, Flannery O' Connor, CS Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien are but a few who personified the rich tradition of faith.
That was then and this is now. Sadly, much of our culture and many Christians in it are accepting, producing and profiting from today's artistic, spiritual and intellectual impoverishment, but the good news is that thanks to the tireless efforts of some groups that take faith and the arts seriously, some progress is being made towards a brighter future.
I'm writing you on behalf of these groups that for the most part fly under the radar.
It is no secret that in today's struggling economy, charitable giving is down. This is especially true for those brave organizations seeking a renewal of the arts.
That's where you can help.
As we approach year's end I 'd like you to think of one faith and arts organization doing the kind of work that matters to you, locally or nationally. Then send them a special year-end donation of any size.
If you need suggestions, I'm listing some national and local Seattle arts groups I partner with through The Kindlings.
Any gift you can make, large or small will make a difference.
Thanks for considering my modest proposal.
IMAGE Journal year-end letter. Gregory Wolfe.
International Arts Movement year-end letter. Mako Fujimura.
Taproot Theatre year-end letter. Scott Nolte.
Karin Stevens Dance year-end letter. Karin Stevens.
As always, we at The Kindlings welcome your financial support at year's end as well.Read The Kindlings year-end letter. Dick Staub.
The Kindlings/CFC (The Center for Faith and Culture), PO Box 729, Eastsound, Washington 98245
On a personal note: If you have not yet ordered my newest book About You,there is no time like the present and it makes a great gift too! Order Dick's Newest Book: About You, Fully Human. Fully Alive
May the generous spirit of Christmas infuse and empower us even in these difficult financial times.
Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends,
PS. And remember, "these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have." (For Now).