basement spaces – a strategy [and an invitation]

I think i’ve mentioned before that we’re rethinking our approach to basement spaces over the next year [if you’re new to the blog, we use the basement carpark at my office in Melbourne’s city centre, and curate sacred spaces and art installations in the space]. Previously we’ve created spaces around the different church seasons, but from next year we’re going to shape the spaces around a more secular calendar. We’ll curate a space for Valentine’s Day, another on the winter solstice [which is in June in the southern hemisphere], another on the summer solstice [our christmas – where we may even avoid the christmas theme completely].

I think ‘the public’ [cf ‘the private’?] are interested in / intrigued by / gasping for an encounter with a story that speaks of life and light, and that many resonate with a christian version of that story… but they want their engagement with the christmas story, for example, to be very different than that. I don’t know that the church will reclaim christmas from its nostalgic home easily [and since many churches were complicit in the process of creating its nostalgia, we might not have a right to try!]. Rather than fight that battle, we’ve decided we’re going to try Valentine’s Day, the solstices – perhaps something like Hiroshima Day as well – as moments to explore themes of life, darkness, fear, hope, love, grief…

I’ve mentioned before that a group of us are meeting once a month to talk about spaces [and life, imagination, faith and creativity]. We’re using that time to do the broad brushstrokes of planning – and anyone is welcome, of course. But I’d hate to preclude people from being involved in the basement project just because they might not want to get involved in a group like this on an ongoing way. So if you’re interested in being part of one of the spaces, or in talking about how you might be involved in other ways, let me know…