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South Congregational Church will be creating a collaborative community-driven temporary art installation in front of our church for most of Lent and into early Easter in 2024.  We hope to create an environment in which people may observe how gloom, despair and death can be entered into and transcended to reveal dawn, hope and resurrection.   The installation will be interactive and enable people to experience the tomb and the resurrection, a key element of the Christian journey, without having theological training or access to the scriptures.   We hope to learn from the experience of anyone and everyone about how God shows up in valleys and mountaintops of our lives.

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This program is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Timeline and Events

  • The art installation will be on display March 1 through April 30, 2023, on the South Church portico, with interpretive material available in handout or accessible by QR code

Schedule of Events

  • Opening Night, Friday March 1, 4-6 pm . Partially outdoors to experience the installation, partially indoors in the Community House.  Food, activities, docents. 

  • Shadow Box event:  Wednesday March 13, 3:15-4.  Participants of all ages to create shoebox shadow boxes, exploring themes of light/dark, despair/rebirth. 

  • Light/Dark Event and dinner Wed March 20.  Continuing the theme, both in the context of Christian experience and more broadly, with universal spiritual appeal. 

  • RESCHEDULED--New Date:  Open Mike Night, Friday April 26, 7-9 pm.  At Community House.  Music and poetry on the same light/dark themes.  

  • Aaron Rosen, PhD, will speak at our closing event, April 28, 2:30pm  refreshments and wine, 3:00 pm presentation pm.    Topic:  “Light and Dark in Faith Traditions and Cultures:  Can we be redeemed?"   Light refreshments.  At the Brick Store Museum Program Center

Community Artist

Thirty-four artists are each creating two panels, one representing darkness, despair, gloom, stuckness, agony, death, and the other representing hope, joy, liberation, wonder, renewal and restoration.


While we have filled our Artist slots for the installation, we will have some companion exhibits, and oportunities for musicans, poets and writers.  We are open to discussing options with any artists.  Please  contact us at

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