This 8 x 8 foot banner was designed and painted by artist Rob Larson with the support and help of 25 folks from the congregation over the course of a year from summer 2020 to summer 2021. The team used acrylic paint on specially treated canvas. Read more below.
The symbolism is abundant, and we encourage all viewers to pay attention to their own heart’s response to the art! But here’s some of what we see and want to express in this design:
The spectrum of colors reflect the diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) community.
The rainbow flag, plus the black, brown, pink, blue and white elements are symbolic of the many aspects of identity that overlap and intersect in our experience of ourselves.
The design uses a square diamond motif inspired by indigenous weaving developing a symmetrical cross pattern.
The triangles reference ways light refracts into the spectrum of colors.
Each subsequent square changes between horizontal and vertical orientations to alternate the design and create variations on a theme.
The design turns things upside down and inside out, representing the many transformative conversations that occur among congregations that create safe and welcoming spaces for people to share their journey toward wholeness in identity and spirituality.
Reba Place Church is an inclusive community where neighbors learn to love one another. So if you feel “different” for one reason or another then you are welcome to join us as we worship God together. We celebrate the diversity of God’s family and are publicly affirming of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. Here’s our inclusion policy established in 2018. We are committed to a stance of love and choose to welcome everyone. See our complete statement of faith.