Our Sister's Keeper
Saint Philip's is proud to host this powerful photographic exhibit by artist and educator Dr. Marie Plakos. This exhibit opened last year as a one woman exhibit at the Carter Presidential Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, and its second showing will be here at Saint Philip's from Sunday August 5, 2018 to October 21, 2018.
Dr. Plakos has traveled the countries of the world, including Mexico, Peru, Ghana, and India, capturing the beauty and strength of women and girls living in challenging conditions. Her photography reveals the essence of their lives while describing the abuses that many of them face every day. This exhibit is crucial viewing for the times in which we live.
"Awareness is why I have embarked upon this photographic project," she says. "I want to honor the women I have met all over the world and to tell their story in a compelling fashion."
Dr. Plakos’s photography illustrates the beauty and strength of women even though they face the many challenges of economic hardships, hunger, lack of adequate health care, and physical abuse. She feels that “human rights must exist for everyone living on this planet and for women and girls to have a better life. Our life interdependence demands this, and that is why we must be our sister’s keeper.”
While we are hosting the exhibit, we will also put on a variety of events designed to bring "Our Sister's Keeper" into our own context. First, Dr. Plakos will be with us on August 5th at 12:30pm to make a presentation about her work - a delicious luncheon will be provided, and books of her work will be for sale. The opening luncheon and presentation will be held in the Murphey Gallery, and is free of charge.
On three Wednesday evenings during the month of August, our regular Mosaic Dinners will include presentations on themes related to those of the exhibit - poverty, dignity and gender justice. Following Evening Prayer in the Chapel of the Nativity at 5:30pm and dinner in the East Gallery at 6:00pm, the presentations and discussions will take place from 6:30pm-7:45pm on the 15th, 22nd, and 29th of August. More information about each week's presentation is available below, under "Exhibit Events."
Each Sunday night in August, Mtr. Taylor and Mtr. Kelli will lead a women's Bible study on the book of Ruth. We will meet in La Paz from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. You do not need to purchase any materials for this study - just bring a Bible, if you have one, and invite a friend! Among other topics, we expect our discussion of Ruth to touch on issues of gender, loss, family, and welcoming the stranger.
Finally, on Saturday, September 23rd, we will host a concert at 2:00pm in the church. Together we will enjoy Indonesia Gamelan music, celebrating the contributions of world music and art to our understanding of our neighbors. Tucson’s Gamelan Dewi Malam group will perform traditional music from Bali, and a reception will follow in the Murphey Art Gallery. A suggested donation of $15 will go to Saint Philip’s Outreach to serve our community members. (Please note: incense will be used during this concert.)