What does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8
When I returned to Atlanta in 2005, this verse from the prophet Micah became my anchor. I was stepping into a new position, and I was intimidated. My prayer became, "God, what do you want me to do?" And this verse about justice, mercy, and humility came ringing through as the answer.
Six months ago, I stepped away from the ministry and into the unknown. All I knew for sure is that a new call would eventually become clear, and that these touchstones of justice, mercy, and humility would remain central to my vocation.
Since then, I have connected with a number of talented artists here in Atlanta. They have invited me to CD release parties and art gallery showings. I have experienced their creativity in play rehearsals and jam sessions. Through it all, I have been privy to amazing experiences of artists and their art, how it connects with something bigger than themselves, and how they see the world both as it as and as it could be. Now I want, more than anything, to share these experiences with a broader audience.
This is what gave birth to aijcast, a podcast featuring conversations and performances at the intersection of art, inspiration, and justice. There is, I believe, a line that runs through these three. I will be interviewing these artists - musicians, photographers, dancers, actors, painters, you name it - and how their art is a sacred enterprise, yearning to make the world a better place. There is, I believe, a line that runs through these three - art, inspiration, and justice - drawing us back to those words of Micah.
The plan is to launch the first season of aijcast at the end of March. In order for this to happen, though, we need to purchase the needed equipment, pay for things like this website, and find the time and space to make this all possible.
The fundraising goal is $16,000. More than that, though, we desire your partnership in prayer, listenership, and financial support.
Our fundraising launched on January 20, a fitting date to remember our call to justice, mercy, and humility. Our artist partners have given generously of their time and talents to help make aijcast a reality. You can see the thank you gifts they have made available.
Above all, I thank you for your support in this new adventure!