Beginning on Sunday, February 17, the First Congregational Church of Montclair will host a series of sculptures from theologian and artist, the Rev. Charles McCollough, Ph.D. McCollough’s works provocatively interpret a variety of biblical stories and themes into clay sculptures, drawing upon both a modern and first century context. His latest project is a book, The Non-violent Radical, which interprets the wisdom sayings of Jesus in the gospels in words and images. McCollough examines Jesus’ wisdom in the context of the political and economic world of the Roman Empire and then applies it to our own time for both personal growth and social action. Original works of art by McCollough will be displayed in the church illustrating some of the texts of the eight sayings known as “The Beatitudes.” Found in the gospels of both Matthew and Luke, these sayings create a counter-cultural vision of the realm of God and were at the heart of Jesus’ vision for the world.
Dr. McCollough will present a multi-media program and lecture on these works beginning at 1pm on Sunday February 17 in the Sanctuary of First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton, Montclair, NJ. The program is free and open to the public.
Some more examples of Dr. McCollough’s work: