Here’s one way parishes can take advantage of the photographers in their pews.
On its website, Pax Christi in Eden Prairie is calling all amateur photographers from the parish to submit their photos of God’s creation. “God is HERE! Photographers Needed!” The Environmental Challenge Ministry — who’s mission it is to “educate, energize, and enable our faith community towards greater appreciation, concern, and action for God’s creation” — is looking for photos the parish can use on a screen during Mass, on the website and in a gallery.
I think this is a great idea. There is a lot of talent out there and this is just one way a parish could benefit from the photography expertise of its parishioners.
Photos could be submitted and sold during a parish festival or other event to raise funds for good causes, like the local food shelf, crisis pregnancy center or parish youth activities.
There could be a contest (with an entry fee) with winning photos being displayed in a gallery or gathering space.
More and more people are picking up a camera and creating beautiful images. As Christians we are called to appreciate and be good stewards of the natural world — as Pope Benedict summed up in a quote featured on Pax Christi’s website:
“Contemplating the beauty of Creation inspires us to recognize the love of the Creator; that love which moves the sun, and the stars.”
—Pope Benedict XVI
World Day of Prayer 2010