October 31, 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformatiuon. Martin Luther's 95 Theses drew attention to issues that needed to be addressed within the church, but they also catalyzed its division into hundreds of Protestant denominations. While every denomination contributes a distinct, important voice to theological discussions, Catholics and Protestants alike are still untied through belief in the Father, in the Son, and in the Holy Spirit.
Symbols for the Lutheran Church, the Disciples of Christ, and the Methodist Church— just three of the many different Protestant denominations— appear on the leftmost panel of this sculpture, while "IHS"— a monogram for Christ used in the Catholic tradition— appears on the right. In the center, drawing the two halves together, appears "INRI," an abbreviation for the Latin inscription "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews," placed above Jesus on the cross. Christ both unites and chastens our divisions, encouraging dialogue and unity between disparate traditions. We may not all agree on everything, but we must agree on one thing: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
This installation was placed in front of the Gordon College Chapel for the three days of Allhallowtide, 2017 (Halloween on October 31, All Saint's Day on November 1, and All Soul's Day on November 2) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Repurposed wooden door, fir timbers, metal rods, wood glue, liquid nails, screws, wood stain. Approx. 5' tall.