The Arts in Intercultural Discipleship

  • Jay Moon Methodist


The ethnodoxology movement inspires us to consider how the arts can transform the Sunday worship experience. What about the other six days of the week though? What about the discipleship issues that need to be addressed Monday through Saturday? If these important issues do not get addressed, then people can easily get stuck in their spiritual growth. This article discusses how the arts are particularly suited for spiritual formation in various cultures by exploring the role of symbols, stories, dance, proverbs, music, and stories for intercultural discipleship. Examples are drawn from the Lakota Sicangu Native American culture as well as from the Builsa culture in Ghana, West  Africa.