Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Image and Words

Fr. Fady Abdulahad from the Syriac Orthodox Church once said this, “[In the West] you always have theologians who are philosophers but in the East you always have theologians who are either poets or maybe icon drawers...”

Finally, the poet and the image-maker make their entrance, summoning us to worship God in creative ways through images and words, engaging our imagination and senses.

Chris Thorpe and Jake Lever are one such poet and image-maker. They have created ‘Touching the Sacred’, a book that offer us a wonderful and practical resource for reflective worship. ‘Touching the Sacred’ is a collection of user-friendly liturgies and easy on the eye images. The book is divided in four main sections, Michaelmas, Epiphany, Holy Week and Pentecost. Each section contains various creative liturgies which are accompanied by images of hands. The themes are imaginative and unusual, such as angels, exile, dreamer, astrologer, emergence, risk, paradox; to mention just few.

The language is inclusive; the themes are relevant, understanding well the zeitgeist of our time. The poised images are easy to grasp and engage with, providing the viewer a sense of transcendent mystery, particularly the more abstract and primitive images which are a delight.

The book comes with a CD Rom which is easy to navigate. It has all the written and visual material ready for use, as well as suggestions for music.

The partnership of poet and image maker has given us a magic blend of words that resonate deeply in the cords of our soul and pictures that lead us to places of spiritual enlightenment.
Here we have something ancient and new, fresh and relevant, honest and inspirational. This book brings beauty and poetry into the heart of worship. If you are looking to inspire new life into your worship, this book will do it.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

The Falkland/Malvinas Conflict
While the diplomatic tension between Britain and Argentina is risen by the minute due to the on-going dispute over the Falkland Islands [ or should I said the Malvinas] we heard in the news that Peru has cancelled a scheduled visit by a Royal Navy frigate, HMS Montrose, as an act of solidarity with Argentina. This is a very complicated dispute; both sides have argued their case with much patriotic posturing but little willingness to see the other side of the argument. Reason is not prevailing and dialogue is not in the agenda. This is a very emotional issue for both sides. The memory of the fallen soldiers is still quite raw in the British consciousness. For Latino Americans the dispute of the Falkland/Malvinas brings fresh memories of imperialism and colonialism in the region.
If the public opinion in Latino America is on the Argentinian side, it would be quite interesting to know what the British/American Bishops of the Anglican South Cone are thinking…because so far they are saying nothing…and maybe that is the right thing to do. The problem is, silence can be misinterpreted. I guess for many protestant Latino Americans to know which side the Anglican Bishops are taking will be a measure of their incarnation into the social fabric, culture and aspirations of Latin-American’s people. Neutrality could be their prerogative too, but believe me passionate Latinos would not understand that.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

27 January 2012
Holocaust Memorial Day

"I Believe

I believe in the sun

though it is late in rising.

I believe in love,

though it is absent

I believe in God

though he is silent..."


(Translated from the French by Hilda Schiff. Text from an unsigned inscription found on the wall

of a cave in Cologne where Jews had been hiding)