Jesus of the People

Join us at First United Methodist Church as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the painting “Jesus of the People.”

“Why is it important to see ourselves and our loved ones in sacred imagery? When we look at a work of art and our eyes fill with tears, could this be the hand of God reaching out to us?”

Janet McKenzie

Janet McKenzie’s work is collected and exhibited around the world. At the Millennium Ms. McKenzie’s image of Jesus, “Jesus of the People”, was selected winner of the National Catholic Reporter’s “Jesus 2000” competition, by judge Sister Wendy Beckett. The painting was revealed for the first time on the “Today Show”. “Jesus of the People” confronts stereotypical thinking by celebrating Jesus as African American. The feminine aspect is served by the fact that the model for this painting was a woman.


“My hope is that “A Brave and Quiet Heart” will serve as a visual testament to hope over despair, to love over hate and to the memory of those would who lost their lives at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando – June 12, 2016″

Janet McKenzie

Schedule of Events

Friday, December 6:
5-8 PM – Meditative Gallery Open
Saturday, December 7:
12-4 PM – Meditative Gallery Open
1-4 PM – Speakers, music, book signing
Sunday, December 8:
1-3 PM – Meditative Gallery Open
3 PM – Panel discussion; Panelists include:
Bishop Shannon MacVean-Brown;
Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant; Dr. Laurie Brands Gagne
Rev. Dr. Arnold Thomas; Rabbi Jan Salzman

All are welcome – Free and open to the public


“Prayer, our intimate dialogue with God, belongs singularly and privately to each one of us.”

Janet McKenzie, Introduction to “The Way of the Cross.”