The multi-faith art in our Sanctuary
The Tapestry Project
Seattle Unity honors and affirms the truth of all sincere spiritual paths. As a living symbol of this ethos, we are adorning our Sanctuary with 4 by 6 foot tapestries accompanied by altars celebrating these diverse spiritual paths. The project of designing and creating the tapestries is ongoing; we are currently working on the eleventh (Tao) of twelve tapestries.
A vision in creation
In 2000, Rev. Steve Towles, formerly a senior minister at Seattle Unity Church, envisioned the major world religions’ peace prayers collated by James Twyman illustrated with banners depicting the symbols of these religions displayed in our Sanctuary. The Peace Prayers
Annie Christensen, a Seattle Unity congregant, deeply inspired by his vision, started the Tapestry Ministry to carry this vision into our Sanctuary. She visualized wall hangings of much more depth than simple banners: tapestries depicting the essential spiritual essence of these spiritual paths.
Out of these inspirations, the Tapestry Ministry was created and continues today.
The selection process
In 2000 Annie researched the 12 largest populations of religious or spiritual faiths by number of practitioners. This determined what faiths the 12 tapestries would depict. Each spiritual path is meticulously researched, then the group designs and creates the tapestry depicting that faith. Each tapestry takes a year or so to complete.
The tapestries are:
Click below to see each tapestry image, peace prayer, and a brief note about the construction of the tapestry.
- Islam 2001 – Dedicated to the Children of Afghanistan
- Hindu 2002 – In memory of Elaine Wick
- Native American 2003 – In loving memory of Bette Anne Brewer DeAvalos
- Jewish 2004 – In loving memory of Sally Haimo
- Buddhist 2005
- Wiccan/Gaian 2006
- Christian 2007
- Shinto 2009
- Sikh 2010
- Native African 2012
- in process now: Tao
- yet to come – Baha’i
Many devoted volunteers lovingly create the art that hangs Sanctuary. Gathering to research, design, and create on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 11:45 am – 1:15 pm, they move prayerfully through the steps involved in the creation of each tapestry.
You are warmly invited to join them. Sewing and/or previous artistic experience is not required.