Yesterday, the pastor of the Basilica of Saint Mary suspended me from my position as Artist-in-Residence (a position I’ve held for 15 years). This came 48 hours after I facebooked my intention to spearhead a personal art project turning the archbishop’s disheartening, divisive DVDs into an artwork about inclusion and hope,
Disappointed as I am by my suspension, I do not want to overly focus on it. My primary focus remains on making a great piece of art in collaboration with all of you who donate DVDs.
However, I must note that I am both startled and humbled to find that I join the ranks of people before me who been silenced or ousted one by one for disagreeing with the church. Maybe in 500 years, I, like Galileo, will get my suspension lifted.
The Catholic Church is full of wonderful, loving people. The DVD to ART project is about highlighting those folks who say, “Yes, let’s come together and welcome everyone.”
“All are welcome at the table” is not just an Episcopalian saying. If Jesus was physically here today he wouldn’t be dining with tax collectors, he’d be dining with drag queens.
Please help me continue with my vision by donating your DVDs and spreading the word about the project. I want to create a sculpture so big and beautiful that everyone will see the love that is at the heart of the Catholic Church.