Given the violence of recent current events, Christ Church Cathedral and the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer have partnered to create Turn Toward Love, an interactive art installation where Houstonians can express their thoughts, feelings, hopes and prayers through word and art. Turn Toward Love will be up from Sunday, July 24 to Sunday, July 31, 2016 and online at #TurnTowardLoveHTX.
More than 250 square feet of panels will flank the sides of Christ Church Cathedral at San Jacinto and Texas, and at the corner of Fannin and Prairie at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer. Lined with wire, the Turn Toward Love panels are built to hold messages of love, hope, lament, grief, connection, confession, prayer, and other sentiments appropriate to express at the time. The messages attach to the wire with the turn of a twist tie, and are meant to contain the complex array of feelings that recent current events have brought forth in so many people. The writer may decide whether to display his/her message publicly or privately.
Says the Very Reverend Barkley Thompson, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral: “In a national environment where we too often talk past one another, ‘Turn Toward Love’ offers an opportunity through public art in a sacred space to speak the hopes of our heart to God.”
Christ Church Cathedral and the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer invite everyone to participate in Turn Toward Love by visiting the installation, reading the messages, and leaving one of their own.
The Reverend Glenice Robinson-Como, Canon Pastor of Christ Church Cathedral, adds, “Turn Toward Love invites each of us to respond to our communities by seeking peace instead of violence, hope instead of despair, and by sprinkling generous offerings of grace within and around our differences. As we embrace the ties which bind us, may we learn to imitate the motion of the sunflower and in all seasons turn, turn, turn toward light and love.”
The art installation may be shared across social media with the tag #TurnTowardLoveHTX, and its symbol is the sunflower, which grows by turning toward the sun.