Thursday, January 21, 2010

Holiness and the Feminine Spirit


Illustrating how holiness can empower women and how empowered women endeavor to ensure God's reign, Holiness and the Feminine Spirit: The Art of Janet McKenzie matches 28 full-color paintings by Janet McKenzie with reflections by leading writers, all of whom are women.

Contributors include author and spiritual guide Joyce Rupp; social psychologist, communications theorist, and columnist for the National Catholic Reporter Sr. Joan Chittister; writer, speaker, and scholar in American religion and culture Diana Butler Bass; theologian Elizabeth A. Johnson; art historian and critic Sr. Wendy Beckett; best-selling novelist Ann Patchett; social activist and writer Helen Prejean; feminist theologian  Chung Hyun Kyung, and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Katherine Jefferts Schori.

Susan Perry is editor of Holiness and the Feminine Spirit (Orbis Books, 2009).

Janet McKenzie, an award-winning artist who lives and works in Vermont, is known for art that celebrates women. She is the creator of the controversial Christ, Jesus of the People, which Sr. Wendy Beckett chose as the winner of the 2000 National Catholic Reporter competition for a new image of Jesus in the Millennium. "I see the mother of God in women of all races and ages," McKenzie exclaims, "although rarely do they know what I am seeing, or how inspirational I find them."

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4 comments:

Kathleen said...

Sounds interesting.

lucy said...

i'm not familiar with the artist, but that's quite a list of contributors! oh my, another one for the wish list!!

Janet McKenzie said...

Thank you for your very kind post about my book, Holiness and the Feminine Spirit - The Art of Janet McKenzie. I am grateful for your effort and support. I can do the work but I need visionaries like you who understand, to help bring these inclusive images further into the world. With gratitude..Janet McKenzie

Laura said...

Thank you for this, Maureen. It gives me another picture of these beautiful people.