Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life

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160
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5.5 X 0.6 X 8.2 inches | 0.44 pounds
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English
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9780830845033

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About the Author

Makoto Fujimura is an internationally renowned artist, writer, and speaker who serves as the director of Fuller Theological Seminary's Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. He is also the founder of the International Arts Movement and served as a presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003 to 2009. His books include Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture and Silence and Beauty. Recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper, Fujimura's work has been exhibited at galleries including Dillon Gallery in New York, Sato Museum in Tokyo, The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Arizona, Taikoo Place in Hong Kong and Vienna's Belvedere Museum. In 2011 the Fujimura Institute was established and launched the Qu4rtets, a collaboration between Fujimura, painter Bruce Herman, Duke theologian/pianist Jeremy Begbie and Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis, based on T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets. A popular speaker, Fujimura has lectured at numerous conferences, universities and museums, including the Aspen Institute, Yale and Princeton Universities, Sato Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum. Among many awards and recognitions, Bucknell University honored him with the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2012, and the American Academy of Religion named him as its 2014 Religion and the Arts award recipient. He has received honorary doctorates from Belhaven University, Biola University, Cairn University and Roanoke College.

Mark Labberton is president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He previously served as Lloyd John Ogilvie chair for preaching and director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute for Preaching. Labberton came to Fuller after sixteen years as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California. Today he continues to contribute to the mission of the global church as a senior fellow of International Justice Mission. He is the author of The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor and The Dangerous Act of Worship.

Reviews

"I can't help but recognize that Fujimura's vision has substance and should be acknowledged and considered by the church as well as others who hope to mend our fractured culture. After all, Fujimura admits early on that this book is only the beginning of a much larger project, which is to pursue art and beauty as a remedy for our sick and quickly dying culture. That is why I believe this book is important for artists and non-artists alike. Whether you're a painter or a collector, a writer or a reader, we are all responsible for the casualties in the culture wars and thus must participate in the mending of the resulting divides."--Douglas Graves, Englewood Review of Books, Lent 2017
"Culture is broken, and New York artist Makoto Fujimura wants to fix it as only an artist can. He's putting forward a framework to reconnect culture with beauty: 'culture care.' But this isn't just about artists or even art. It's ultimately about faith. 'I believe the arts and imagination are in the realm where nature is not strictly a limited-resources environment, that there is generativity embedded in creation.' he said. 'And when human beings exercise the imagination, and we act upon it with love, we create something that is so expansive that typical bottom-line thinking can't explain it.' Throughout Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for our Common Life, Fujimura fleshes out these profound ideas, making it a must-read."--Relevant Magazine, March/April 2017
"It is a very readable book, full of thought-provoking and helpful ideas, and 'must-reading' for anyone interested in the arts and culture, either as a practitioner or a consumer."--David McKay, The Covenanter Witness, July/August 2017
"Christian readers will find this book instructive and encouraging. Fujimura's work is instructive in that beauty is not a commodity to bargain with or exploit, and it is encouraging in that everyone has something to offer. The arts provide the church with an eclectic array of voices, talents, and experiences necessary for a robust approach to culture care."--Justin L. McLendon, Calvin Theological Journal, 52.2
"Fujimura offers practical, thoughtful and creative suggestions for a neighborhood group . . . to think about, discuss and take steps toward moving culture in a life-giving orientation."--Emily Berman D'Andrea, The Presbyterian Outlook, January 11, 2018