thanks to mark pierson i'm trying out joining creative worship tour, an online social network worship website. its partly an experiment in participating in this kind of online community, but also i'm passionate about this stuff.
mark pierson arrived here today from auckland for a few days leading us in creating 'alt worship' both for church settings and more public occasions. mark spoke at our [re]generate gathering at the astor hotel. told his story and introduced the notion of 'curating', which was new for some. we had a wide age range from 20s to 60+.
for the next couple of days we're learning and workshopping. on thursday we're hosting an outdoor public sacred space on the theme of world peace in the city as part of the lead-up to international peace day. i have no idea yet what we're going to do, so i hope something good comes together over the next couple of days. we'll let you know...
if you're in adelaide, come along to pilgrim church thursday morning to help set up, or thursday afternoon to experience whatever it is that we create.
continuing our theme of trans-tasman brain-draining, we're delighted to have mark pierson from auckland joining us 14-17 September for sessions on crafting or curating alternative worship and participatory public art installations.
the idea is that over a couple of days we will explore and create a series of public installations for the annual World Day of Peace that is celebrated at the end of that week.
we're delighted to have steve taylor back in town for a week. he's the keynote speaker at our biennial, national in-service gathering for children, youth & family workers.
while steve is in town we've asked him to speak at our next [re]generate (see previous post).
steve will also be running a day seminar/workshop on culture-making as mission - namely how Christian might reshape culture rather than act as victims of culure.
hence "CULTURE WITH A Kiwi"
its wonderful that steve will be back in town. it is so refreshing to have someone who is actively, openly and humbly trying to participate in God's mission. and he almost talks like us (which is deep code for saying that we hear steve as a local, not as a pom or a yank... its a good thing!)
Steve Taylor will be back in town for a week in early August as the keynote speaker at "breathe", our national in-service for children, youth and family workers. we'll be taking the opportunity for these:
"Culture with a K(iwi)" - a day seminar on mission as local culture-making - Sat 1 August. Brochure out later this week.
i had a great meeting and conversation today with mark and sue, two minister-artists, about mark pierson's forthcoming visit 14-17 september. i am trying to build a loose network of churches/ministers close to the city who have an interest in the intersection between creative arts, theology and mission. somehow there are quite a few who fit that category, and who are progressive in a good sense (not just in a weird christian-label sense).
we're asking mark to work with us on 'alternative worship' and on public sacred spaces/events, something we plan to continue with jonny baker in march 2010, hopefully involving womadelaide and the fringe.
last november i visited Gil Wise, a former classmate at Duke, who has a remarkable ministry in semi-rural North Carolina, down south near the border. Gil has rebirthed a congregation that is serving his community through child care, a food bank, and many other services. He's linking wealthy retirees and low income people. He's an amazing man. We are not in the same place theologically, but that's fine. I long ago stopped believing that particular theologies have a franchise on grace. I deeply admire what Gil is doing and he's in my prayers.
there's an article in Duke Divinity School's "Faith & Leadership" e-newsletter.
thanks to Mr Rudd's financial stimulus, I decided that I should assist the world economy by finally getting a proost subscription.
proost is on online multimedia library run by list member jonny baker, fellow conspirator jon birch, and who knows who else in the UK. if you read jonny's blog you'll know that he is into all things multimedia (music, photography, video, text... etc etc), and jon birch is a graphic designer, musician etc etc.
For 60 UK pounds (yes, about A$150) you can access any material on the site for a year.....
so what can you get?
Audio - currently 28 offerings - mostly albums and some EPs - music with vocals, instrumental albums, music with spoken meditations. I havent listened to them all but there's a mix of styles, including electronic (upbeat and down beat). folky, some gospel/soul. what you won't find is 'hillsong' praise songs...
Books - 8 books of 'pocket' liturgies and some seasonal resources from 'alt worship' people and communities around the world. I've seen several of the books and there is sensational material here - liturgies from Grace Community, cheryl lawrie, mark berry of safespace, ben edson at sanctus1, si smith's lent and advent visuals, ian mobsby & moot. the subscription is worth it for this stuff alone! really.
Movies - features film clips and animations in a wide variety of styles, some interactive - currently 36 items. these include movie loops, prayer and meditation resources, seasonal and scriptural material.
so this is a mini-review to encourage you to check it out. I'm currently maxxing out my monthly broadband allowance - but I have a whole year to get the stuff, and new material is added regularly.
of course, you can preview items on the site, buy a couple to check them out, and even buy the 'hard' versions of books & CDs if you need to.