A few weeks ago my wife and I were guests at a meeting in Baltimore that introduced us to a promising development in evangelical circles. There has come into existence an organization known as the Fellowship of Christians in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment. Spark plug for the organization and the movement it represents is Irving S. “Shorty” Yeaworth, aided by his brilliant and energetic wife, Jeanne.
For some years now the Yeaworths have been making movies, both sacred and commercial, and have been involved with drama and TV. At present they have a large operation in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, near Valley Forge, with three different producing organizations: Sacred Cinema, Good News Productions, and Valley Forge Films. Although Yeaworth is identified with sacred films and primarily committed to bringing excellence to such media, his enterprises are really carried by the commercial market, in which he is well established.
The purpose of the organization is to bring together at national meetings those who are engaged in the arts. Painters, writers, musicians, artists, film-makers, TV programmers, script-writers of all kinds, choreographers—all these are asked to join up, the prime requirements being that they make their living from what they produce in the arts, and that they be committed Christians of the type generally called “evangelical.”
A large and enthusiastic group was gathered in Baltimore. There is no question that the fellowship of like-minded people was one of the chief benefits. The Christian artist finds it hard to believe sometimes that there are others who “care.” And he finds it easy to get lost in a sea of secularism. This must be agonizingly true when the pressures ...1
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