A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:
1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2 .Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall
While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World are:
1. To See...
2. To Hear...
3. To Touch...
4. To Taste...
5. To Feel...
6. To Laugh...
7. To Love...
The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous! A gentle reminder - that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.
The Methodist Art Collection
From the early church to the present day images have played a crucial role in the exploration of the Christian faith. Since the catacombs of Rome the gospel has been articulated as much in image as it has in word.
The Methodist Modern Art Collection takes its place in this long tradition, providing an opportunity for new encounters, vibrant expressions of God's love, and a whole range of conversations that are both missional and pastoral. We are enriched by the Collection.
Art Collection FAQs
Why does the Methodist Church have a Modern Art Collection?
Becausetwo Methodist people in the 1960s collected works of art in order to open up faith conversations, and then gave their collection to the British Methodist Church. The works have been bought or commissioned with money given specifically for the purpose: their acquisition has not been a charge on general Methodist Church funds. It is now looked after by a Management Committee (appointed by the Methodist Conference) who pursue the original aim of enabling people inside the church to connect their faith to art but also seek to encourage people outside the church to consider the Christian message presented through the medium of art.
What is in the Collection?
There are over 50 works, including some by well-known artists such as Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink, William Roberts, Patrick Heron. Most of the pictures depict scenes from the life and teaching of Christ: some artists were or are believing Christians, others not. Works are still being acquired to ensure that the ideas and concerns of today's artists are represented in the Collection. You could refer to A Guide to the Methodist Art Collection (£5.00) or the more detailed Catalogue of The Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art (£15.00), both available from Methodist Publishing.
Where and when can I see the Collection?
At several different places in and around Britain each year, though not all the pictures are shown every time.
Details of venues can be found at www.methodist.org.uk