‘If These Walls Could Talk’: Local church planning to spread message of love through murals

Travis Park Church has long been champion of inclusion

SAN ANTONIO – A blank wall off Travis Street near Navarro Street is primed to say a whole lot to the San Antonio community.

By the time members of Travis Park Church are finished with it, the wall at the back end of their building will feature six different murals, all proclaiming their messages of love and acceptance.

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“It’s six very different styles, different artists who are working together for the first time,” said Pastor Eric Vogt.

Each of the murals will be painted to resemble stained glass windows.

They all will include the words that “all are welcome,” and “love conquers hate.”

“Those are two things that we say every week around our communion table because we believe that that’s what God’s table is. It’s for all,” Vogt says.

The murals are designed to promote the church's long-held mission of inclusion and acceptance. (KSAT 12 News)

For years, the church has been known as a safe haven for some of the forgotten or marginalized segments of the city, including the homeless and members of the LGBTQ community.

Vogt says after seeing all of the new murals popping up in the downtown area, his congregation decided to undertake its project.

They also are doing it as a way to celebrate the church’s 175th anniversary this year.

“I’m so glad that we get to commemorate this occasion and tell the world about who we are,” Vogt said. “We feel like that’s a very important part of our mission, that people know they are loved for who they are.”

The church is working in conjunction with Centro San Antonio, the organization behind the surge in street art downtown.

However, it also is seeking additional funding to complete that project and repair a roof on part of its historical building.

The goal, Vogt says, is to raise $1.75 million, a number purposely chosen to match its big anniversary.

He says they hope to have the murals installed by the end of the year.

About the Authors:

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.