ADVENTurous on saturday was a wonderful day. i hope it is the first of many - a regular advent festival like this exploring poignant themes, celebrating advent, fused with the arts in london would be amazing. i was photographer for the day and have added a set of photos here - see slideshow here.
this photo is the lead singer of hope and social wandering into the crowd literally unplugged - up on a pew (which he politely asked permission for!!) singing and hand aloft to the cavern of the chapel. it was a really magical moment. it was also almost completely in the dark so i was pleased i managed to get a photo out of it!
and this is one of the amazing pieces of art put together by engedi arts and now in leeds and shortly to be in colwyn bay - this chess set is called 'mother mary chess set' and is by pea runstall and pits a series of marys against the empire of domination - it must have taken an eon to make and was quite extraordinary as was the rest of the art.
elf issues and garbage garbage were both by jon birch and shown in the day
oh and it's been pointed out to me after my blog post yesterday that advent actually starts today - advent sunday - of course! so all you people who have advent calendars with a dec 1 or advent candles with a 1 what were you thinking?!
if i were to think what are the themes i want to look at and think about at the moment in the world they would be ecology, economy and faith, and guess what next saturday - dec 1 - there is an incredibly creative event in london doing exactly that - ADVENTurous.
the day consists of
it's all hosted by greenbelt. you can get tickets for the day, evening or both. if you can't afford it and want to come e-mail me and i'll see what i can do (shhhh don't tell anyone)
i can't wait! what a great way to kick off advent. i'll try and get blogging this week about advent - no time no time and yes i know advent is about waiting.
sadly i am not able to be there but it's grace this saturday introducing advent. if it seems a little ahead of time it's because we meet the second saturday of the month so the next one is too late for advent! love the flier...
ADVENTurous is an exciting festival on dec 2 in london hosted by greenbelt at the wonderful union chapel. there is a day of thinking, artistry and imagining around the world we live in and the issues we face in the areas of faith, ecology and economy and how we get to a new world. the line up of speakers looks great - mike frost, ann morrisy, ruth valerio, ann pettifor, abdul rehman malik. then in the evening there is an evening of artistry with harry baker (!), iain archer and hope and social. tickets for the whole day if you book before the end of october are only £25 which seems like a pretty good deal.
en gedi arts are curating the visual arts for this and simultaneously exhibitions and events in leftbank leeds and the imperial hotel in colwyn bay. hope to see you there!
walter brueggemann suggests that prophets know what time it is. at christmas jen's parents invited all the family to make a decoration/bauble for the tree. this was mine - i was still obsessed with and in many ways still am captivated by the phrase from occupy - another world is possible.
i thought it was entirely appropriate for advent and had visions of a whole tree decorated like this - maybe next year?! but i definitely managed to confuse my mother in law and at least half the family even after an explanation of advent and what it might be about (to be fair i got half way through my explanation before a few people glazed over and i gave up).
right next year back to fluff and tinsel!
...we have a couple of new ones on proost...
that's the number of the beach hut we visited in brighton on saturday. it's become something of an annual pilgrimage for jenny and i to visit brighton (which we love), do some christmas shopping (which we love less), and visit whatever beach hut is opening that day as part of beyond's beach hut advent calendar. follow the blog to see each day's hut as it unfolds.
if you are up north go and visit bridlington advent beach huts
down south visit the beach hut calendar in brighton by beyond
follow an advent freshexpressions tweet [day 1 is from me!]
how about a bit of angel light painting? i saw this idea on someone's twitter and can't for the life of me remember where or who?! but it seems a great aadvent idea...
christine sine always comes up with a ton of stuff for advent - here's a prayer for the first sunday of advent
i still think the best statement i have heard for quite some time that relates to advent is from occupy st pauls - another world is possible - we look forward to the coming of christ into the world and to the day when christ returns and all things are made new - in both cases another world is possible and we seek to live out a life that makes another world possible now.
sim nolloth has put together a movie on the song god of the moon and stars that is rather delightful. i confess it's not my favoured music - in fact i turned the sound off preferring to just see the words(!), but the words are powerful and it is really well done. i am making this movie a worship trick - no 17 series 4... and i recognised most of the places in brighton that are in it.
and if you want something for a primary school assembly beatbox nativity might do the trick?!
follow the category advent on the blog to see other resources i have linked to before on advent.
ben bell does it again! every year he seems to come up with a very creative and often provocative image for advent. there's a set here of his previous images which have now been used all round the world. fast food christmas is this year's. if you want to use the images ben asks you contact him and give a credit.
i can't quite believe it's time to think about advent and christmas but i guess it's not far away. si smith and ian adams have combined together to produce a new digital advent calendar which is available on proost. it blends 25 si smith iconic illustrations with a short reflection each day from ian. it's a pdf which you can either view on a computer, monitor, projector, iphone, ipad or whatever else takes your fancy. if you subscribe you can also access the individual images - one person has contacted us to say they are printing out one a day to put on their church noticeboard outside through advent. we also have a bundle of other advent resources which you might want to look at. here's a few for example -
9 lessons, a flash animation | nine - nine artists interpret the traditional nine readings with 6 movies and 3 songs | 25 - si smith's amazing cutout and make nativity characters and advent calendar and comic. | wait - vaux movie | silent night movie
we also have another liturgy book as well that is new this month from urban expression, an urban mission agency that recruits, equips, deploys, and networks self-financing teams pioneering creative and relevant expressions of the christian church in under reached areas of the inner city. this collection of liturgy and prayer is based around the core values and commitments of urban expression. it is inspiring and relevant whether or not you are connected with urban expression. it provides a month's worth of prayers, readings and exercises. it's just available as a download. i have all the proost pdf liturgy books on my phone and I find that's a great way to be able to use them. i'll be adding this!
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