Vulnerability & Fragility
6th January 2016

There is a well known Bible verse in the letter the apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians that begins, “whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing…think about these things.” It is a common misconception that to communicate the truth, hope and the joy of the Christian worldview, we must only think and create works that are ‘pure […]

Now and Not Yet: New Beginnings
1st January 2016

Over the past few months we have been thinking a lot about who we are as an organisation, and how we want our programme to reflect that. As we look forward to a new year, we want to share some of our core values with you. We will be publishing a series of blog posts throughout January, […]

Now and Not Yet: Welcome to Planet Earth
25th December 2015

Reflections for Advent. No. 25 Image above: David McCulloch, Welcome to Planet Earth 2012 “The Word became Flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (NIV) no sparkle here no sparkle there […]

Now and Not Yet: Annunciation
22nd December 2015

Reflections for Advent, No. 22 Image above: James & Lesley Sutton, Annunciation 2015 “This clay maquette depicts Mary pondering her calling to bring the Christ child to birth in the presence of the angel Gabriel. As with Mary, we are each of us called to participate in bringing God to birth in the world through […]

Now and Not Yet: Long Winter
19th December 2015

Reflections for Advent, No. 19 LONG WINTER White slides to clear, translates late morning. The milk of mist slides at sky’s end to clefted heaps of snow: they shift, blot into pavements where pocks of lichen splay, greening the day. I leave the cups and bowls, their fatty film, the taste of yesterday, and peer […]

Now and Not Yet: Mini Expectations
18th December 2015

Reflections for Advent, No. 18 Image above: Kuba Ryniewicz, Mini Expectations 2015 All of our lives are in God’s hand, nothing is beyond the tenderness of God’s touch. Not the things that we hold up high for all to see. Not the things we hold close in the quiet of our hearts. God knows all […]

Now and Not Yet: Deep
15th December 2015

Reflections for Advent, No. 15 Image above: Louise Todd, ‘Deep’ 2015   Stalks of grass stick up out of the shadows into the light, themselves casting shadow. We see the vegetation in the light first, we are drawn to it. The dark under the grass and into the hedgerow is dismissed before we even consciously register that our brains have played that […]

Now and Not Yet: Realm
14th December 2015

Reflections for Advent, No. 14 Image above: Lucy Adlington, Realm 2015 A sacred place, a place of generosity, a place to communicate, share and illuminate. I was given the keys to a church the beginning of Spring 2015 as a place to practice music. A time that was both personally overwhelming and consuming, this space […]