Peace often comes about through banal procedures. Paperwork. Meetings. Minutes. Clean up. These everyday acts of movement building bear the slow, steady unraveling of prejudice and hate. For several years, a church, a temple and an Islamic center have planned and rallied the way toward beauty and understanding. Last month we were there at the opening of the 3rd Interfaith Art Exhibition Biennial. We promised to share more photos of the show as it came to a close.
Based in the East Bay, the Faith Trio of Montclair Presbyterian Church, the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California and Kehillah Synagogue put together an exhibit of more than 100 works of art. This year’s theme – “We Are the Bridge” – aimed to reveal how artists creatively envision themselves, their culture, faith, community, and art as a bridge from conflict to resolution and reconciliation. Organizers, including Ziya Art Center, hope to compile photos into an upcoming book.