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The Dialogue for World Peace

By Jon Sievert

Mary Jane Miller explains the content and thoughts behind her art installation “The Dialogue for World Peace” at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Fellowship Service
“The Dialogue for World Peace”
By Mary Jane Miller
Sun, Sep 7, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

“Although I have been called a Christian and believe all creation evolves from one source, I am a human first asking why I am here,” she says. “The art project inspires new awareness for social and environmental issues around the world utilizing the power of image.” The installation is an iconostasis consisting of 40 prayer wheels and 27 images representing 5,000 years of spirituality and human history spanning seven continents. In Eastern Christianity, an iconostasis is a wall of icons and religious paintings that separate the nave from the sanctuary in a church. It is created for meditation and prayer, which encourages humanity from all religions and beliefs to break free from that which divides us. Its aim is to align our thinking with that of great teachers and philosophers promoting peace on earth and the idea we are all one.

Ms. Miller, a 40-year resident of San Miguel, specializes in iconography using egg tempera, an ancient permanent and fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigment mixed with a water-soluble binder such as an egg yolk. It was a primary method of painting until after 1500 when it was superseded by the invention of oil painting. She is the author of three books about icon painting, including Icon Painting Technique, The Mary Collection 2009, and Icon Painting Revealed.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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