"The leaders are supposed to look like their folks."
Sister Thea Bowman is present in U.S. Catholic magazine's "Let the vibrant art of Laura James lead you through scripture," an article about the artist's "religious imagery" that is "... instantly recognizable as belonging within a tradition of Christian sacred art" and that draws from "the rich heritage of Ethiopian iconography."
In describing the figures in James' work, the author writes that they "are culturally specific, revealing a deeper truth about the incarnation: Christ took on our humanity in all its specificity. Or, to put an ecclesial twist on it, as Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Thea Bowman once said to the U.S. bishops, 'The leaders are supposed to look like their folks.'”
To read the article in full, which includes more about Sister Thea, click here.