quem somos

who we are

 

Claude Monet, Morning (detail), from the series The Nympheas, 1914-1926, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

– Bible, First letter of the Apostle Peter, chap. 2, v. 9-10

te-o-lo-gar-te [Greek ‘theología’ + latin (ablative) ‘arte’], noun:
1. Dialog between Christianity, tradition, art and culture;
2. Brazilian web site that promotes such dialogue.

Teologarte‘s main goal is to connect Christianity and culture, tradition and contemporary issues, starting from the conviction that the Good News of the Gospel are the foundation that enables us to live fully and truly as humans. Our Christian faith can and must permeate all areas of our personal and community lives, including the varied manifestations of the human spirit we usually call the arts – painting, music, literature, cinema, sculpture and so on. Artistic sensitivity draws us close to the sublime and the transcendent, and it is no wonder that some of the most profound witnesses to the Christian faith in History took the form of works of art. The arts can enrich our search for God with passion, inspiration and beauty.

But teologarte, as the name itself shows, is not only art, but also theology. Like the apostle Peter, we believe in the universal priesthood of all believers, and consequently that detailed and careful reflection about the Christian faith should not be monopolized by professional theologians. One of the great wonders of biblical revelation is the fact that the only God, creator of the universe, cares for each one of us; and that we are all, with no distinction, invited to know Him personally through Jesus Christ.

Davi & Rosana Pinto

Teologarte started as a family project, resulting from the joint efforts of Rosana Basile and Davi Pinto. Married, they were born in Belo Horizonte and have three daughters. As undergraduate students, they worked together in ABUB (the local branch of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students – IFES), where they learned to cherish the relationship with Christians of different traditions. Rosana has a Bachelor in Visual Arts (Sculpture) and pursued graduate studies in Sociology of Fashion at Roma Tre University. Parallel to her artistic production, she has taught Visual Arts in elementary and high schools. Davi was the Brazilian representative in the 1996 edition of the “World Vision Youth Ambassadors” program, promoted by World Vision Taiwan. He graduated in Economics and Diplomacy. Together they have lived in Brasilia, South Africa, Argentina, Italy and Spain.Renato Fontes

Also part of the teologarte team is Davi and Rosana’s friend Renato Fontes, who met them still as an undergraduate student of Chemical Engineering in the late 90s. Besides working as project analyst for a local bank, Renato is also a certified public translator (English and Portuguese languages). One of his hobbies is studying Church History.

 

 

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