For a New World

Title:  For a New World

Site:  Parish of the Holy Covenant United Methodist Church
925 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago

Artist:  John Pitman Weber

Assistant:  Oscar Martinez

Sponsors:  Chicago Mural Group

Year:  1973, restored 1996

Scale:  16 x 40 feet

Materials:  Acrylic paint on masonry

Information:  Once called the “most hopeful mural in the city of Chicago,” this work on the Holy Covenant United Methodist Church doesn’t shy away from showing the world’s evils. An early CMG work, the mural’s three sections represent the areas of the congregation’s worship service: Confession, The Word, and the Offering. Confession depicts political brutality, killing, and repression; The Word shows the promise of a new world where all people--men and women, young and old, gay and straight, all racial groups--will live in peace and harmony; Offering urges us to dedicate our lives to bringing about a new world of justice through our daily work. Weber and Bernard Williams restored For a New World with the support of CPAG and the congregation in 1996.