In the Christian Tradition - Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ. The resurrection happened with a physical stone rolling away from a tomb that the king of jews was buried in. 3 days later, He rose from the dead and old was turned new. This is the core understanding of Christian tradition. How to visually tell that story with the depth of thousands of years of historical cultural understanding spread across millennia, races, continents, and religions in a single weekend? Not possible.
So what do we do? We try and tell stories of our own lives with metaphors, themes and abstract concepts that relate to our life here and now to hopefully help walk away understanding a little sliver of the complex depth of the story of Christ better.
We painted a geometric shape on a cloth. The shape represents a physical stone. Just as the stone rolled from the grave and old was turned new, we shed our old self by taking up the cross that held Christ and die to our very selves. When we do this, we too, turn new again.
Easter weekend at The Journey was focused on individual stories of death to self and that rebirth that we each experience at some point in our lives. We took photos of two people in our church holding a black and white stone. Covering themselves with this stone. Dead to the very stone that held Christ in the grave. Then took the same photos of those people holding a stone of vibrant color. That color depicts the life that we experience when we are reborn - when we resurrect in our very own story. Each person experiences this in a different way. Some cover themselves with the power of that resurrection holding on tight to the truth, wrapping it around their neck like a medal. Others lay it down finally becoming the best versions that God has made them to be.
I hope these photos and this concept help tell that story. If a little sliver of the complex understandings of the resurrection were understood better in an individuals life, then this concept was a success.