The multi-faith art in our Sanctuary

The Tapestry Project

SanctuArt 2Seattle 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.

SanctuArt3Many 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. Contact Annie Christensen 206.622.8475 x125 with questions.