Friday, August 28, 2015

Bethel AME in downtown Indianapolis fights to keep legacy alive

By Olivia Lewis
Like many churches nationwide, Bethel AME, located at 414 W. Vermont St. in Indianapolis, suffers from a deteriorating building, has an aging and condensed congregation, and is amid a financial crisis.
INDIANA---A historic African-American church in Downtown Indianapolis was once the center of the black community, but due to financial burdens, a shrinking congregation and a deteriorating building, its future is uncertain. Before IUPUI expanded on the Westside, before the Canal Street Apartments and before the Canal Walk, there was a thriving African-American community in the heart of Downtown Indianapolis. “All of a sudden there’s this big building (the apartment complex) that’s blocking the front door of our church,” said Olivia McGee-Lockhart, the historian of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. [link]

90,000 toured new Indianapolis new Mormon temple

By Sarah Jane Weaver
Some 90,000 visitors attended in the Indianapolis Indiana Temple open house, which concluded Aug. 8, 2015.
INDIANA---More than 90,000 Church and community members participated in the public open house for the Indianapolis Indiana Temple — the first temple in the Hoosier State and the 148th worldwide. However, it was not the number of people that toured the temple — from Friday, July 17, through Saturday, Aug. 8 — that made the temple open house a success, said Elder Paul Sinclair, an Area Seventy and chairman of the local temple committee. It was the lives of the individuals touched by the temple that made the event successful, he said. [link]

Hallucinatory religious collages of artists Jamex and Einar de la Torre

By Carolina A. Miranda
Flemish Tara” / De la Torre Brothers / 2013 / Lenticular printing / 1 x 1.3 mCategory: Lenticulars
CALIFORNIA---As far as art forms go, it doesn't get more lowbrow than lenticulars, the 2-D printed pictures that, with the aid of a rippled, plasticized coating, appear three dimensional, often with animated effects. Think of those thrift store portraits of Jesus that appear to be winking. Artists Jamex and Einar de la Torre have used this technology — generally reserved for popular religious art and advertising campaigns — to fantastic effect. In fact, a current show of their work at Koplin Del Rio in Culver City offers a bounty of pieces that employ the device. [link]

Aging churches in Indianapolis need expensive repairs that many can’t afford

By Scott Olson
The 136-foot bell tower soaring over the Church of the Holy Cross cements the historic building’s standing as a neighborhood landmark. But the 1922 structure is starting to crumble.
INDIANA---Repurposing aging religious structures is becoming more common, driven by increased interest from developers eager to capitalize on their architectural splendor. Examples abound in Indianapolis, particularly around downtown. Indiana Landmarks itself operates from a former church. Another former church building converted into condos was the Fletcher Place Methodist Church, built around 1880. Perhaps the most intriguing conversion of a church building is the St. Joseph Brewery & Public House at 540 N. College Ave., which opened in May. [link]

Sean Hayes, star of "Will & Grace", to now star in ‘An Act of God’ in Los Angeles

By Michael Paulson

CALIFORNIA---God is on the move. “An Act of God,” the religion-themed comedy that played on Broadway earlier this year, will be staged in Los Angeles starting in January. The play, which depicts God — communicating through a celebrity — offering new guidance to humanity, will star Sean Hayes, best known for his role on “Will & Grace”; on Broadway the show starred Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory.” The Los Angeles production is scheduled to run six weeks, from Jan. 30 to March 13, at the Center Theater Group’s Ahmanson Theater. [link]