Via Affirmativa Vision
Via Affirmativa is a relational network of art makers being transformed by the affirmation we receive from God through beauty. All artists who are fellow learners from life, attentive to the big questions, are welcome to join us in our journey of discovery. We connect painters, photographers, musicians, writers, actors, architects, film-makers, sculptors, poets, and dancers to one another, opening new pathways for flourishing lives and communities.
Via affirms art makers who practice an authentic faith that takes this world, its problems and its promise, seriously. Our faith is a rational and imaginative way of planting the future we long for, acting on what Jesus said about the Kingdom of God. We aspire to contribute to the recovery of the incarnational spirituality described and practiced by Jesus in the Gospels, shaping not only our minds, but also our deepest longings. This spirituality works because it depends on the Spirit who is.
Via artists pursue mastery of their craft through the long-term pursuit of excellence, in the name of service rather than fame. Our aesthetic is inspired by our wonder at the diverse and elegant design present in nature and in people. We facilitate friendships between artists that are formational for their growth towards maturity in their creative work and as followers of Christ. Our togetherness prompts and sustains our commitments to learning for a lifetime.
We are delightfully engaged with fellow artists and art lovers from all walks of life and world views. We create safe places where art makers can participate in new conversations about the unique challenges they face, decreasing our isolation. Via helps believers relocate their lives and their work outside the walls of the religious sub-culture, living like Jesus did in the wider world.
In a culture where concepts of truth and goodness have become problematic for many, beauty is crucial as the last bridge to the transcendent. Through the senses, beauty is truth and goodness to the heart. It breaks us open without injuring us. With unrelenting gentleness it evades the falsities in our present culture, and our own self-deceptions, to penetrate and liberate the core of our being.
Through beauty the spiritual journeys of many people, whether they are religious or not, are being enlivened with fresh words and images that open new possibilities for believing. Sometimes religion camouflages the fact that we are starved for spiritual reality. Beauty restores our connection with the sacred in the midst of our messy everyday lives. God feels nearer.
Via is not looking to build an organization. We are an often invisible network of friends empowering each other to live right where we are as citizens of the Kingdom. People everywhere are awakening to the presence of God through beauty. A central question animates the Via movement: How is beauty transforming you and your community? If this is a question that moves you, come and contribute your soul and story.