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On Church History and Icons

  • Journey Franklin @ Building 8 at The Factory 230 Franklin Road, #801 Franklin, TN 37064 (map)

"Throughout history, visual art & imagery has played an integral role in the worship of the Church. But it’s also been the point of some of the greatest controversies & divisions."

Stephen Proctor will be leading us in a discussion on church history art and icons. Here’s a description from him of what he’ll be sharing: 

"Despite the fact that the Reformers made sure that art was excommunicated from the Protestant Church, the modern evangelical Church in West has been seeing a resurgence in the creative arts within the blank & barren walls of its buildings. I believe we are in the early stages of a modern day Renaissance. 

As we’ve been in a season of studying church history, I’ve been asking myself a few questions: What can we learn about the history of art in the Church? What ancient practices can we recover & integrate into our own community? What does Iconography & Gospel Book Illuminations have to do with the art we are creating today? 

On this night at the Arts Collective, we’ll be looking into the Church’s past as we dream about our own church’s future & the art we have yet to create."

To learn more about Stephen, his work and ideas please visit

Earlier Event: August 17
Making Your Mark: Staying On Brand
Later Event: November 2
The Art of Collaboration