At the end of this month, I have the very rare privilege of co-leading a team of artists and dreamers in one of the largest installations ever created. This mural will be constructed at the third Justice Conference in Philly on February 22 & 23. It is large in size (30′ x 24′), scope (art inspired by multiple themes of justice), and participation (we are hoping to equip over 5,000 people to participate in the mural’s creation).
One year ago, Rooftop 519 was preparing to participate in the 2012 Justice Conference. This is our birthplace. Our first patient, Exodus, went home to Liberia just days after the conference in Portland, Oregon. When our team of volunteers showed up, we were overwhelmed with the incredible response the conference leaders and attendees gave us. We were inspired to action, and we experienced an awakening of our theology of justice.
Artists Inspiring Action was there too. They experienced a similar sense of awakening.
While I was at the conference, I began dreaming about a way to engage people in the beautiful and inspirational art we created together. The founder of Artists Inspiring Action, Shane Kalai, was struck with the idea. We had to wonder, “Would the Justice Conference leaders be crazy enough to support this artistic act of worship?”
Ken Wytsma and Erin Lytle are the brains behind this growing collective of dreamers and Jesus-activists. When we set out to share this idea, I never made any assumption that they would give us anything other than their blessing. They have exceeded nearly every hope, even giving us the largest space in the center of the conference.
A video that explains the #justicedoes project is on our indiegogo page. I would love your help in spreading the word. Please consider making a gift to support this mammoth effort. We need your help to do this.