Over the next month, we at Homebrewed want to help recruit people who go to churches, work at churches, or lead at churches, to try an new artistic venture working with families with people with disabilities.

Nathan, Homebrewed’s resident Media Guru, has been developing this common cause community, called ArtWalks, at the Hatchery in LA as part of his graduate degree program. Here’s a rundown of what an ArtWalk is: first, persons with disabilities take pictures in their neighborhood. Then, their photos are enlarged, matted and framed and showcased to the whole community at a pop-up gallery. The idea is to make visible not only the individuals artwork and perspective, but making them visible, too. Check out the video below and some pictures from previous ArtWalks.

What we want to help do is get others around the country to put on an ArtWalk in their community. The idea is to get anyone in your faith community who is interested in doing something like this. If this is something you’ve thought about addressing in your congregation then either you can take on the project or talk to your minister or other leaders about taking it on.

artwalkBut the important thing to keep in mind is that this is easy, fun, and a great way to connect with a community that the church hasn’t done a great job serving.

Nathan will be offering a webinar for those interested in holding an ArtWalk in their community. In it, he will explain the nitty-gritty details and provide you easy-to-use resources to make your ArtWalk a success – lucky for you, he has already done all of the hard work! Because this is part of his graduate program at the Hatchery, it is important for him to test this idea and connect with others who have similar passions.

Over the next month, you’ll get to hear more about his common cause community, some more details about the ArtWalks, and why he feels called to serve this community. We will also be doing a series of interviews on the podcast around theology and disability.

And that is really the ultimate goal of all this: raise awareness about the perspectives and issues surrounding people with disabilities and their families, create and build new relationships, and connect people across the country with similar experiences and passions that might not otherwise have been connected.

This is a great way to learn from, gain from, and be blessed by people we tend to ignore.

So in the meantime, check out his blog, where he regularly gets nerdy about theology and disability, send him a tweet, and sign up for the webinar or to host one in your neighborhood.

** PS If you have a passion like Nathan and think it could be turned into a Common Cause Community let me know and we can see if the Hatchery could be a part of the process.