God's Friends

Joining Authentic Christian Worship and Life Experience
Published by St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church

Volume 15 Number 3 November 2004

Visual Art as Incarnation

"This is true perfection: not to avoid a wicked life because we fear punishment, like slaves; not to do good because we expect repayment, as if cashing in on the virtuous life by enforcing some business deal. On the contrary, disregarding all those good things which we do hope for and which God has promised us, we regard falling from God's friendship as the only thing dreadful, and we consider becoming God's friend the only thing truly worthwhile." -Gregory of Nyssa

About God's Friends

Issue Editor:
Suzanne Fowler Palmer

Journal editor:
Diana Landau
Copy Editor:
Lynn Park
Linda Herman
Art Editors:
Suzanne Fowler Palmer
Tish Momirov
Damon Styer
Editorial Board:
Janice Del Fiacco
Laurie Glover
Tracy Haughton
Dave Hurlbert
Diana Landau
Margaret Lukens
Donald Schell
Joan Stockbridge
Damon Styer
Jack Trainor
Mailing address:
God's Friends
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500 DeHaro Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Email: editor@godsfriends.org
Phone: 415-255-8100
Fax: 415-255-8120

Gregory of Nyssa, a fourth-century bishop, theologian, and patron of St. Gregory's Church, saw life as unending progress towards discovering God at work among humanity, and sin as refusal to keep growing in this discovery. In this journal, which takes its name from his writings, we aim to further Gregory's vision by featuring two kinds of work:

• essays on liturgy and church practice, focusing on fresh and ancient approaches to corporate worship that honor human experience as an opening to God;

• writing and art by people who are searching for truth in their lives.

We are committed to the sharing of authentic personal experience as opposed to ideas or opinions. We welcome the voices of Christians, people of other faiths, and people of no particular faith.

God's Friends is published three times yearly by St. Gregory's Episcopal Church. Articles from past issues of God's Friends are posted on our website: www.godsfriends.org. Certain articles appear exclusively on the website.

Future Issues
Forthcoming issues will focus on
• Sexuality and the Spirit
• Passing on Faith
Writers interested in contributing may obtain our editorial guidelines at www.godsfriends.org or by contacting God's Friends. (See contact information on this page.)

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