NJPN Conference News: Creating the Passion for Change

Lya Vollering and Michael Quille from ‘Culture Matters Co-operative’ will offer a presentation and discussion of ‘The Passion for Change’ an exhibition of sculptures and poems that connects the Passion of Christ with the suffering of all living beings in our world. The aim of the exhibition is to invite people to reflect on these connections and how they can help us to work for a just and compassionate world for all, especially the poor and powerless. It thus answers the call in Laudato Si’ that ‘the cry of the earth is the cry of the poor’.


The exhibition, which is supported by the Passionist Community, comprises a number of ‘Stations’. Each one is made up of a sculpture, a poem, and quotes from Scripture and from Laudato Si’.

Lya is an artist who makes sculptures out of recycled material around the themes of spirituality, social and environmental justice, and Mick is a poet and editor of the Culture Matters website. They are interested in re-imagining traditional Christian art and beliefs in a politically progressive way, connecting them with Catholic Social Teaching and the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’