Faith & Values
A Framework for Christian Performing Arts
Statement of faith
As a Christ-centered organization, the staff and board of Glorify Performing Arts affirm the following tenets of Christian faith, as outlined in the Apostles’ Creed, and the Biblical value of the performing arts.
We believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth…and God saw that it was good…Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness…” (Genesis 1:1, 12b, 26a)
One of the first things we know about God from Scripture is that God creates.
Visual artist Makoto Fujimura writes that “God’s exuberant love invites us, broken vessels of God’s choosing, to co-create…It means to be invited to a dance, invited by God’s grace to be on the stage, to step into a journey of New Creation that we do not yet fully understand” (Art and Faith: A Theology of Making, 2020).
As creatures who reflect the image of the creative God, we embrace our own creative capacities as gifts that God has given for the sake of our participation in God’s purposes of redeeming the world and bringing about the fullness of new creation.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
The good news of Jesus’s power over death means that all who confess that Jesus is Lord are saved from the consequence of sin, which is death. This gospel forms the core of our faith and inspires us to tell stories about God’s redeeming love. We are each on a journey of understanding God’s love through God’s word in Scripture and through personal relationships with God through Jesus.
We believe in the Holy Spirit…
When God gives Moses instructions for building the tabernacle, God says, “…I have filled [Bezalel] with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs…” (Exodus 31:3-4).
God’s Spirit is associated with the knowledge of physical materials and the imagination that are used in creating works of art. We believe that the Spirit of God that raised Jesus from the dead also gives us new life (Romans 8:11), and one aspect of new life in Christ is imagination being sanctified to envisage new possibilities that glorify God.
…the holy, catholic church…
The church is a diverse body of followers of Jesus from all times, places and cultures. Paul writes, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many” (1 Corinthians 12:12-14).
Paul goes on to explain how different members of the body each have unique gifts, purposes and needs. We endeavor to use our unique gifts in arts production and leadership to serve the whole body of Christ by creating works that encourage, empower and inspire other Christians.
…the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Theologian NT Wright notes that “the purpose of God is not to save humans from the world but to save them for the world, to enable them to be his kings and priests ruling and redeeming creation…God’s people are not just worshipers but also workers, bringing God’s new creation into reality.”
Because of our redemption in Christ and our imaginations being sanctified by the Holy Spirit, the work we do in this lifetime can generate goodness and beauty that will be part of God’s new creation.
HIGH QUALITY ART
As expressed in our statement of faith, we believe in the Creator God who calls his own handiwork “good” (Genesis 1:12). Since we reflect the image of this God who creates with skill and beauty, we should likewise endeavor to create works of art imbued with a degree of excellence that honors God, the ultimate artist, and the value of God’s creation.
The narratives and poetry of Scripture describe a range of emotions through which humans respond to life’s experiences and interact with God, from the deepest lament to the most exuberant joy. All of these emotions can be channeled through prayer, art, and other forms of expression to become part of a person’s journey into God’s heart. We value authentic emotional experience and seek the Lord’s wisdom to navigate every season of life and faith.
STEWARDING OUR TIME
In Ecclesiastes 3:9-15, we read that each day’s work is a gift from God, yet only God’s work endures forever. This perspective on the finitude of human life within eternity invites us to make the most of every present moment for the sake of God’s kingdom. We value having an organized and efficient company as a basis from which to engage deeply and fully with the time God has given us rather than letting it pass us by.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
GPA’s value of diversity, equity and inclusion is grounded in the Biblical concept of Imago Dei, or “image of God.” In Genesis 1:26, God says, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.”
Out of all creation, humans alone have been given the gift and dignity of being made in God’s own image. Each person that God has formed is known intimately by their creator: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away…For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:2, 13).
Therefore, we believe that every person — regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, physical ability or socioeconomic status — has equal worth. We believe that God has created each person with intentionality and diversity, and we praise God for this by saying with the Psalmist, “Wonderful are your works” (Psalm 139:14).
We recognize that the ballet and performing arts industries have historically not welcomed, trained and included minority performers, and there is much work to be done to make this space diverse and equitable.
At Glorify Performing Arts, we welcome company artists with diverse ethnicities and backgrounds and plan to authentically share inspiring stories from around the world in future original productions.
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