ONE BODY MOVEMENT

 

ONE BODY MOVEMENT: The first of the Nüe Origin movements expresses the love, unity, and purpose found within Christ’s body, the Church. Inspired by the passage in 1 Corinthians 12:12–26, we will show an isolated generation its place to belong in Christ.

One Body starts on the local level, as our studio participants help us create canvases, murals, and fine art sketches. Afterwards, we take our message to the world with One Body Global Events, where Christ-followers in major cities help create a One Body Mural where they live during large, block-party events used to preach the Gospel and connect people with local churches for discipleship.

One Body art speaks the visual language of the younger generations. The movement will impact the world by showing the power of Christ’s body coming together in unity and love to craft culturally relevant art.

 

Relevance

Suicide has surpassed homicide as the second leading cause of death for Americans ages 15–24. Around 20% of teenagers will experience symptoms of depression before reaching adulthood, and the rate of suicide for American teen girls has doubled in the last decade. Many of America’s young people feel alone and hopeless. The Church wants to help but is having a hard time speaking the youth’s visually-driven language. Using a twenty-first-century aesthetic, the One Body Movement draws young people together to preach the message that they are not alone. As young people come together to help co-create canvases and murals, they learn what it means to be a part of Christ’s body, and they plug into an authentic community that values their creativity and contribution.


1 Corinthians 12:12–26 (ESV)

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

“For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”