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Notes of Rest for the Mangers

Julian Reid Chicago, IL
2021-24: My initial project was to focus on the manger of Jesus and ask questions of the people in the installation about the “mangers” in their lives, with the hopes of helping them attune their gaze more closely to God’s unexpected activity in their communities. But that initial hope turned into Notes of Rest, a full-blown spiritual retreat that interweaves Scriptural meditations and solo piano music to cultivate rest, contemplation and creativity for communities listening for Jesus’ call. Each retreat session is tailored to the community at hand, be it a local church, a theological education institution, or an affinity group such as lawyers, artists, or food lovers. In all of these settings, my aim is to help sensitize people more so to the ways they are already being formed so that the Church might more imaginatively serve this present age. Now my HUB project is Notes of Rest for the Mangers, meaning I am creating a small Notes of Rest session for people looking to attend to the mangers in their lives this Christmas season.
Julian’s Grantee Cohort

A joint project of the Ministry in the City HUB and Walls-Ortiz Gallery at City Seminary, the Creative Community Care Virtual Residency brought together socially-engaged Christian creatives from New York City, Indianapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, Charlotte, and Corsicana (Tx) for peer mentor support, learning, and sharing. In 2021, residents developed local projects in their respective cities, exploring creative practices of care in the context of community. Projects engaged the concerns and questions of the pandemic period (mutual aid, care re-imagined for social distance, etc.) at the intersection of the arts, learning, faith, and the city. In 2022, the resident pairs offered public online workshops. In 2024, a traveling group exhibition will be on display, starting in Santa Ana, CA.

Julian’s Ministry
Program focus: Arts