on judgement and understanding

I’m reading [and re-reading!] Bernard Schlink’s Guilt about the past at the moment. It’s seriously good. If you’ve read or seen The Reader, this is an exploration of the theoretical underpinnings to the novel. He writes about the intricacies of forgiveness, reconciliation and justice within the context of the Holocaust. The following quote has been…

emerge – ncyc worship

Thanks so much to Mike for sending through photos – there are many more here.

This is a brief rundown of the space we did at NCYC last week. The theme for the day was ’emerge’, and the bible passage was Mark 8:27-30 [‘Who do you say I am?]. The worship throughout NCYC had a watery kind of theme, so we carried that through our spaces too…

[the post gets very long, so i’ve split it!]

there probably isn’t a happy ending – but that won’t stop us starting

I’ve been working over this last week to get ready for NCYC, a national youth convention organised by the Uniting Church, and few other things happening in the women’s prison and in the basement during the next 6 weeks. We’re curating a sacred space for 1400 people next Wednesday evening at NCYC – an extraordinarily…

coming up…

Christmas in the basement, this sunday, between 5 and 7 pm… email me to rsvp. We tried to keep this low key, i’m not sure we’ve succeeded – we never have yet. I’m then concentrating on prison stuff for a couple of weeks, including worship in the lead up to Christmas and on Christmas Day…

ctm chapel

I curated a space for a leadership training event at the Centre for Theology and Ministry [CTM] on Saturday. It was on the theme ‘the memory of water’ … the chapel at the CTM is so perfect for doing installations. The CTM is a new complex, and the architects did a fantastic job of listening and understanding the dynamics of different forms of worship and sacred space. i was in on the initial conversations with the architects – they asked quite brilliant and insightful questions, and it’s reflected in the way the space has worked.

There are powerpoints everywhere, including a number of hidden points in the centre of the floor. There’s also network cabling for internet access. The chapel has full length windows against the back wall, which look over a gorgeous garden…

those windows have mechanically operated blackout blinds, and then the choice of a white overlay blind that can be lowered to cover the black [which is great to project onto]. The skylights have blackout blinds. The lighting is easy to manipulate, the furniture is all easily moveable, and there are good storage spaces which make it possible to entirely clear the room… the space is large, but not too large… next time i’m taking a ladder – i think we could stick a data projector onto the cross beam on the back window and project up high onto the ‘hidden’ wall…

i was even given permission to put hooks in the ceiling if i needed to [i wanted to hang stuff], but there were glass shields on lights that weren’t being switched on, so i could use suction hooks instead.

in terms of the space itself, i think it worked ok. most of the people who came through are very new to this kind of space… it’s such a leap to move beyond participation as reading the words in bold to a prayer on a newssheet…

after the jump are the words for the ‘thirst’ station – we’re using a variation of this at greenbelt, so save the surprise if you think you might get to our service there…