The figure at the base of the tree symbolizes Bartimaeus. I was thinking of the many ways we "see": with our eyes, hands, minds, our moral imaginations. He's in a posture of humility and wonder as he looks on the scope of his new sight symbolized by the oak tree. On the left side, we have the harsh realities of this world, the crumbling structures of the filthy, rotten system. The church stands in the middle, influenced by empire. On the right, we have the vision of God, born in community. Figures look to the left side of the image at the truth of the world while actively engaging in building something new on the right side of the image. On the right side of the image, water flows through the branches. Here there are native plants, creaturely behavior, and a woman singing sacred story. A great-horned owl, that master of seeing in the dark, watches over the whole picture.
I tried to get symbols of seminary, sanctuary, streets and soil in there as well. Seminary could be the buildings on the left or the woman singing with the aid of the book on the right, or it could be a different kind of learning indicated by the little girl playing in the garden (watched over by her elder in the larger version). For sanctuary, we have the church and community. The middle branches on the smaller version double as streets. The life abundant on the right and the composting images on the left are our soil.