Open Table

First Congregational Rockford MI UCC

Jesus calls us in the Gospel of Mark, "love one another." "Even as I have loved you so you must love each other." This calling is hard to do within our churches as well as outside the church. Members of the congregation of First Congregational Church of Rockford, MI identified eleven groups of people who may not feel welcome at church. This group is symbolically represented around a Communion table. A discarded chair was repurposed to represent the different groups in this 3D sculpture. The people represented are divorced, disabled, impoverished, noisy, other Christians, racially different, pierced tattooed or otherwise non-traditionally "adorned", mentally ill, homeless, ex-convict, and Middle Eastern people The Eleven chairs are symbolically represented around a Communion table with Jesus as the twelfth chair who hosts the table. The chairs face away from the table, symbolic of the overarching rejection these people often receive. The table was built specifically for this art including having the wood milled.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 12 feet
  • Medium: Mixed
  • Width: 7 feet
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 4 feet

About First Congregational Rockford MI UCC

Nineteen members from our congregation made a Communion table, we used discarded chairs, mixed media, and a hand made table to create a 3D sculpture. The theme of the sculpture represents people who may not feel welcome in church. Each member selected their own chair and were free to repurpose it in a way that would best symbolize the people from the group they chose. Paint, fabric, old clothes, feathers, and found objects are among the items that have been incorporated into the sculpture. Even the table was hand made which included having the logs milled