Our world is in desperate need of visionary imagination.
At every turn, critical challenges threaten our quality of life, humanity and even our survival. Too often in an attempt to address these issues dialogue disintegrates into a removed theoretical argument leaving us unchanged and inactive.
Eventually, genuine concern gives way to hopelessness, cynicism, and apathy.
In light of these challenges, Convergence is seeking out, nurturing, and investing in those who can help establish a bridge between what is and what could be. We’re committed to nurturing creative people who will attend to what is wrong in our present situation with fresh perspective and lead us to envision a multiplicity of possible futures, explore new alternatives, and project hope.
Following their example, we invite everyone to create not just consume. We are calling people to engage art making as a means of creative and spiritual wholeness because our souls need to be nourished, our imaginations re-awakened, and our passions flamed for living into the fullness of who we were created to be.
Convergence wants to be a catalyst for cultural revolution led by thoughtful, disciplined, and spiritually engaged artists who are masters of their lives as well as their craft.
15 years ago, Convergence began as a laboratory experiment to explore the intersection of art, faith and the human experience. In response to Deborah Haynes book, The Vocation of the Artist, we took on the challenge to create an expression of church that truly cultivates creativity in theological reflection as well as Christian experience.
Now, we’re making it our priority to create environments that foster potential “Prophetic Critics and Imaginative Visionaries” while creating space that encourages all (including and especially secular artists) to integrate their creative and spiritual lives.
This is one community’s answer to the Cultural Mandate. As a very small congregation (under 50) we have found creative ways to support our work and impact our community on a large scale. We have risked and tried many new things, failing as well as yielding fruit. We’re excited for the next chapter and ready for the road ahead.
Learn more about soul|makers and our upcoming programs for artists of faith at work in the world.