Arts, Activism, and Spirituality—Inspirations

With a simple online search of key terms in the title of this page—“arts, activism, spirituality”—one can find a variety of interesting perspectives and resources related to this month’s theme of Life of the Spirit and Activism. Here is a selection of what we at The BeZine thought might inspire us all in our work to heal the world.

Racial Justice: Art, Spirituality, aand Activism with Rev. Mark Doox

This podcast, Racial Justice; Art, Spirituality, and Activism with Rev. Mark Doox comes from Along the Line, accessible as audio or video (here, on YouTube as video). Rev. Doox discusses his use of Christian iconography in activist-art, especially related to anti-racism and anti-fascism activism.

Art, Artists, and Activism—
Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody

The Jewish Theological Seminary’s (JTS) 2018 Henry N. and Selma S. Rapaport Memorial Lecture features performers Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody in conversation with Ruth W. Messinger, JTS Finkelstein Institute Social Justice Fellow and Global Ambassador of American Jewish World Service.

Art & Activism—
Art Institute of Chicago

Highlights from an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago show and discuss artwork ranging from the 13th Century through the 20th:

“Communicating new perspectives, questioning the status quo, speaking out about beliefs, and inspiring others to take action—art and activism often share some of the same underlying motivations.”

Flag Day, 1966
Benny Andrews
from the Art Institute of Chicago website

Uncovering America: Activism and Protest—
US National Gallery of Art

The U.S. National Gallery of Art’s “Uncovering America” for teachers provides materials on Activism and Protest in American art from the American Revolutionary War period to the present (with other themes including the Civil Rights Movement, People and the Environment, and Race in America

Prenatal Clinic, 1941
from the US National Gallery of Art website

Stepping Up to Spiritual Activism—
patheos, The Living Tradition

A blog post on patheos, under The Living Tradition, provides an Islamic perspective to Stepping Up to Spiritual Activism, quoting from the Quran and Sufi sources. The post also quotes from a progressive, interfaith advocacy arm of Tikkun magazine, The Network of Spiritual Progressives.

By Benjavisa Ruangvaree Art
from Stepping Up to Spiritual Activism online article

When Contemplation and Spirituality Meet Social Activism—

This short essay, on InnerSelf, discusses a variety of perspectives ranging from the late Civil Rights activist and Congressman John Lewis to an Indian Brahmin.

Photo credit Unsplash, Zac Durant
from InnerSelf website


The focus of "The BeZine," a publication of The Bardo Group Beguines, is on sacred space (common ground) as it is expressed through the arts. Our work covers a range of topics: spirituality, life, death, personal experience, culture, current events, history, art, and photography and film. We share work here that is representative of universal human values however differently they might be expressed in our varied religions and cultures. We feel that our art and our Internet-facilitated social connection offer a means to see one another in our simple humanity, as brothers and sisters, and not as “other.” This is a space where we hope you’ll delight in learning how much you have in common with “other” peoples. We hope that your visits here will help you to love (respect) not fear. For more see our Info/Mission Statement Page.

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