Art of Interfaith Understanding

2021 Series

In the winter and spring of 2021, we are offering three Art of Interfaith Understanding programs with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  All programs will be guided by Dr. John B. Hougen, a consultant with Interfaith Philadelphia and a volunteer guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  These programs are co-sponsored by Interfaith Philadelphia & the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Division for Community Engagement.

Cost:  Due to current restrictions on group tours at the Philadelphia Museum of Art all upcoming tours will be offered virtually at a discounted rate ($15/ticket; $7.50 reduced price/student rate).

If you have any questions, please contact John at

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Art and Prayer in World Religions

Sunday, January 24

2:00 – 3:30 PM

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During this conversation, we will explore 

  • Art-Making as Prayer, 

  • Art as Mediator in Prayer, and 

  • Art that Models Prayer.

We will compare how art functions in the prayers of diverse traditions and in our own lives.  

Connections: Passover and Holy Week

Sunday, March 7

2:00 – 3:30 PM


Together we will explore works of art that highlight the common themes, sacred texts, and rituals that connect the Judaism’s Passover and Christianity’s Holy Week, while noting nuances that make each tradition unique. 

The Last Supper by Rod Borghese (Contemporary Indigenous Ojibwe Canadian Artist)

Nature’s Revelations in Works of Art

Sunday, May 2

2:00 – 3:30 PM


St. Francis Preaching to the Birds
Giotto, Date: 1297 – 1299, fresco, Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Assisi, Italy

During this presentation and discussion, we will view works of art from several religious traditions that reveal how nature teaches and inspires devotees. We will explore whether our own spiritual experiences in nature and beliefs about nature are consistent with or different from the traditions we encounter.