Our Ignatian heritage invites us to explore the intersection between theology and the arts. Seeking God in all things, our engagement with artistic mediums like poetry, music, drama, and literature nourishes our imagination and enlivens our theology. Here at STM, students will find a myriad of ways to discover the sustaining power of the arts for theology and ministry in today’s world.
“Engagement with the arts expands our theological sensibilities, coupling intellect and affect in ways that are freeing and formative. The arts serve as powerful spiritual resources, gathering the energy and emotions of the beholder and stimulating desire for meaningful praxis.”
Students in the M.A. Theology and Ministry program must complete an integrative thesis project that theologically and practically works with a question at the core of a student's ministerial interests. One option for this project allows students to engage their theological and ministerial interests through aesthetic expressions. Students whose artistic/performance abilities are already recognized may use these talents to generate a meaningful and comprehensive response to their thesis questions. An Artistic/Performance thesis may use creative arts (visual, musical, or movement), multi-media, or field-based work to explore a topic of theological and ministerial significance. This project culminates in a public performance or display that includes an educational component.
For his thesis project, Andrew Craig '19 argued for the spirituality of children’s literature, in both its creation and its use. To convey this, he illustrated and wrote his own children’s book, The Girl Who Saved the Stars. He then shared the process as well as moments when he was able to read the book to groups of children. With inspiration from Pope Francis’s “Laudato Si'” as well as Elizabeth Johnson’s theology, he hoped to share a message of Care for Creation that empowers young voices to speak for what they believe in. The Girl Who Saved the Stars was recently published by Barnes & Noble Press.