The Visual Arts in the Context of the Brethren in Christ Church

Asa Climenhaga, pictured here, was a Brethren in Christ minister and evangelist who also nurtured a lifelong interest in the fine arts, especially painting — a somewhat radical pastime for a member of a church that condemned most artistic pursuits (Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives)

This afternoon at 4:30 p.m., I’ll be giving a talk at Messiah College on the topic, “The Visual Arts in the Context of the Brethren in Christ Church.” Here’s the blurb on the talk:

To enhance our understanding of the upcoming exhibition in the Aughinbaugh Art Gallery, “A Celebration of Fine Art: Modern and Contemporary Art Collections at Messiah College,” the Gallery has arranged for a Messiah graduate and historian to speak about the College’s origins in the Brethren in Christ Church and the College’s and Church’s evolution toward acceptance of the liberal (and especially the fine) arts. We would be honored if you have time to attend the lecture.

Devin C. Manzullo-Thomas will present “The Visual Arts in the context of the BIC Church” on Friday, Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in Frey 110. This event is free and open to the public.

I hope that some of our readers here at The Search for Piety and Obedience will be able to attend!


About Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Father to Lucas. Husband to Katie. Prof and administrator at Messiah College. PhD student at Temple University. Member of Grantham BIC.
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3 Responses to The Visual Arts in the Context of the Brethren in Christ Church

  1. Karen D says:

    Wish I could attend…but am half way around the world. When I am back in my home congregation though, Harrisburg BIC, I am part of the group effort to enhance our building and worship settings with visual arts. We have had our ups and downs with trying to get organized. We have often borrowed things from Grantham BIC. They had a very active Worship Arts Committee (I don’t know the name of the group for sure) and we did some cooperative events with them. Sadly, in the past few years this group was involuntarily disbanded. I don’t understand the process, but it saddens me. One step forward, two steps back.

  2. dorothy gish says:

    I ditto the “wish I could have attended.” Indeed if I had been stateside, I would have been there. How long is theexhibition on?

  3. Asa Climenhaga was not the only one who nurtured the arts–my grandmother, Emma Climenhaga (who was married to Asa’s brother John Climenhaga) also painted. And she taught art and Bible at Messiah College.

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