i'm sitting at the "just worship" conference in christchurch. this morning we've had input from a number of people about their creative worship and spiritual installation type stuff - dave white from hamilton talking about their easter stations. this is an extraordinary annual event (a break in 2010) which now attracts over 3000. artists from the community are invited to work communally to create the stations.
dave and co. also host a christmas tree event which i've blogged about previously. this is a fantasrtic example of getting the whole community involved in creating art.
cheryl talked about her work and the kinds of worship and events that she has run and been involved in. i enjoy hearing her speak about what she does as she always articulates questions that are worth asking and provokes deep reflection.
we had video talks from leonard sweet and brian mclaren. sweet said that "leadership" has had its day - that was the thing of the 'gutenberg generation', and that the 'google generation' are more interested in following than leading. len mentioned this video on youtube and this commentary on it by derek sivers (speaking on 'how to start a movement' at ted.com). he noted that twitter is about who you are following and who is following you - that is what defines us. so len says (literally) that the era of john maxwell is over. (i thought this was a bit amusing, since len has already written his book on leadership, decided it's passe, and now moving onto "followership".anyway, i'll be interested to see what he says. (another memorable saying "incarnation" doesnt come without incantation" - worship shapes our world-view rather than the other way round (not sure I agree...)
this afternoon the group went to see some stations of the cross scupltures at the catholic cathedral, while i met up with yvonne and maddy at the christchurch art gallery and art centre.
tonight we're listening to peter majendie talk about the opawa baptist advent peace labyrinth held in latimer square, which is across the road from where we're staying. great to meet some folk here from the taylor's former church family. wonderful, inspiring stuff.