All Saints’ Princeton, NJ
Photograph by Alyson LeCroy
Alexandra Davison is the Director of Culture Care RDU. She studied Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland and Apologetics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina. She is a docent at the North Carolina Museum of Art where she leads public and private tours.
An imaginative discipleship community in the RDU area
Discipleship is at the heart of Culture Care RDU. Our culture makers take the gospel seriously in full-bodied practice, not just the idea or doctrine of it. We believe that God loves this world in which we live and He calls His people to love and care for it too. Indeed, Christ’s last words direct our mission: to go out and participate in all aspects of humanity, all venues of culture, making conversations and works.
When the world reads that NYC’s Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) was forced to close due to lack of Christian investment, we must ask if we are leaving behind a generous legacy for our neighbors. Do our actions suggest that our earth is to be abandoned? Are we personally faithful to create and support spaces of light and dignity in the most challenging venues of our culture?
How do you show the faithful presence of Christ in culture?
As we consider this question, our blind spots in ministry often show. Although most people learn and come to deeper levels of faith through genesis moments of care and beauty, many ministries approach spiritual formation as a debate, not a community forming relationship. Technique and preaching becomes the focus rather than discipleship practices that seek to love the community through collaborative good works.
Aesthetics, environment, and ethics (justice and righteousness) have a dynamic relationship with theology. While each uses different means, they offer unique insights to the church, like many members in one body. In practice, Culture Care listens and works within the context of each church to identify ways to form Christ-becoming character through imaginative discipleship. Through the local church and the culture care paradigm, Christians are able to explore ways to practice faithful presence, generate re-humanizing dialogue and promote Kingdom formation in their community.