KRUX

A Community of Christian Formation

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A call for an Apologetic of Beauty

A call for an Apologetic of Beauty

At the height of the scientific apologetic debates of the 2000s it felt like both sides were driving in opposite directions in identical cars, each convinced they were driving towards the truth. Perhaps they were, but they were also driving away from something. And I think what they were driving away from, was beauty.

Book review – God in the Gallery

Book review – God in the Gallery

Siedell believes that “art works are not merely objects but products of institutional intention and belief, made under certain conditions and intended to be viewed in specific contexts.” If we as artists are to imagine a better synergy artistic practice and religious practice, we need to do the hard work of understanding these beliefs and intentions.

Art, Faith and Money – conversations between makers and the market

Art, Faith and Money – conversations between makers and the market

Since the 1980s when The Gift (Lewis Hyde) was first published, more and more alternatives to the traditional market-system have presented themselves – patronage, crowd-funding and community-funded work in non-profit organisations. Or perhaps these subtle gift exchanges have always been part of certain aspects of our lives. Most of the important things in our lives (like parents, mentors, friendship, insight), cannot be monetised (‘I am x amount of Rands worth per hour’). Nonetheless, the bottom-line question for many of the artists in our community remains the same – how do I pay the bills.

Advent reflection: Son of David

Advent reflection: Son of David

On this third Sunday of Advent, in keeping with the Advent theme of longing and waiting, or promise and fulfilment to use the Biblical categories, our main text for reflection is 2 Samuel 7:1-17, the account of David’s desire to build God a “house.” Our New Testament counterpart is a slightly unusual choice, Romans 1:1-7, as it gives peculiar expression to the ultimate fulfilment of God’s response to David through the prophet Nathan, that he instead would be the one to build David a “dynasty.”

The world well staged? Creation and culture revisited

The world well staged? Creation and culture revisited

Culture is thus both human achievement and divine gift. It is, to stay with our metaphor, the performance of our ultimate beliefs and values—the inevitable staging of our religion. If this is so, it is the task of theology pre-eminently to interpret and articulate the meaning of the cultures we inhabit; and to suggest the way of (biblical) wisdom throughout the stages of life.

On being creative

On being creative

Artists are not fatally cast upon their inner brilliance (or lack thereof), but called to the diligent use of their peculiar insights into the givenness of what God has created; a world budding with potentiality in anticipation of his image-bearers to explore and celebrate.

Sekoto and I

Sekoto and I

Sekoto was self-taught, he didn’t go to school like people today. And an interesting thing about him; he was born in 1913, in the same year that the Land Act was passed in South Africa. It’s fascinating to see how he interacted with that time, growing up in that era in South Africa.

A call for an Apologetic of Beauty

At the height of the scientific apologetic debates of the 2000s it felt like both sides were driving in opposite directions in identical cars, each convinced they were driving towards the truth. Perhaps they were, but they were also driving away from something. And I think what they were driving away from, was beauty.

Book review – God in the Gallery

Siedell believes that “art works are not merely objects but products of institutional intention and belief, made under certain conditions and intended to be viewed in specific contexts.” If we as artists are to imagine a better synergy artistic practice and religious practice, we need to do the hard work of understanding these beliefs and intentions.

Art, Faith and Money – conversations between makers and the market

Since the 1980s when The Gift (Lewis Hyde) was first published, more and more alternatives to the traditional market-system have presented themselves – patronage, crowd-funding and community-funded work in non-profit organisations. Or perhaps these subtle gift exchanges have always been part of certain aspects of our lives. Most of the important things in our lives (like parents, mentors, friendship, insight), cannot be monetised (‘I am x amount of Rands worth per hour’). Nonetheless, the bottom-line question for many of the artists in our community remains the same – how do I pay the bills.

ABOUT

KRUX

Our mission is best described as theological discipleship—a form of discipleship that seeks to bring both thought and behaviour under the lordship of Christ.  Primarily this means gaining a deep understanding of God’s great act toward us in Christ, and therefore, the consequences of the Gospel for all of human endeavour.

We believe this can only truly be done in community through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, and is expressed by means of study, mentorship, practicing hospitality, and engaging with the Arts.

“Christ did not come to make us christian, but to make us human.”

Hans Rookmaaker

What We Do

Theological Discipleship

Theological discipleship pursues a head and heart knowledge of our faith, a living theology, forged in the fire of community.

This is the vital foundation of KRUX.

Mentoring

Mentorship is intrinsic to the theological and relational core of KRUX, whether by means of personal conversation, counselling, small group seminar, or sharing a meal.

Culture & the Arts

KRUX offers various seminars and opportunities for reflecting on the intersection of faith and culture, and facilitates an annual Artists Gathering, which connects artists from across Southern Africa and has brought several international speakers to our shores.

Community

Weekly fellowship meals followed by a short discussion, presentation, or film/music clip, and lively conversation is the embodiment of engaged faith-in-community at KRUX.

KRUX arts

Gathering faith-based artists into a community for discourse, dialogue and practice in the arts is a liberating and life-giving venture. Explore some of the exciting initiatives we’ve been involved with the past few years:

Recent events 

The Artists' Gathering

Watch recordings online

The Doctrine of Creation

KLICE seminar

Art Walkabout

Contemporary Christian artists talk about their work

Get Involved

KRUX offers an exciting range of events, ranging from informal conversations around faith and art, to formal theological discussions, as well as gallery visits and of course, our annual artists’ gathering.