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Bits & Pieces

Posted by Sarah Jane on November 13, 2009

Nothing solid, just some passing thoughts — feedback is welcome.

1) Lots of really amazing artwork & ideas floating around at the Arts & Faith Conference at Asbury this week — I’ll definitely be posting more about that as I process everything over these next few days.

2) I’ve been thinking recently that living in community isn’t just about good fellowship within the church, but about an arching sisterhood and brotherhood that transcends church walls and religious creeds. Is it possible there’s something communal in our salvation? More to come.

3) One resource I’d like to add to this blog is a bibliography of materials that address issues of art/faith/culture/community — preferably complete with short descriptions or reviews. I’d love to include the well-loved classics, but what would be most helpful of all would be information about recently-published material that might not be referenced in other locations. Would you find something like this useful? Materials I shouldn’t miss?

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7 Responses to “Bits & Pieces”

  1. Misti said

    I’ve been thinking recently that living in community isn’t just about good fellowship within the church, but about an arching sisterhood and brotherhood that transcends church walls and religious creeds. Is it possible there’s something communal in our salvation?

    I like this thought. As you might surmise, I’ve given a lot of thought to different expressions of faith in the last ten years or so (gosh, has it been that long?) and I can definitely see something artistically interesting coming from musings along those lines.

    I’m enjoying your blog, though I rarely have something interesting to say in response.

  2. Speaking of bibliographies, I made a Sparks influenced Amazon Wishlist a few years ago for Rachel. That’s one way to review books. I think it adds your review right under the item.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3300ITBXFK68P

  3. Alida said

    For your bibliography:

    “Culture Making,” Andy Crouch
    “Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art,” Madeleine L’Engle
    “Penguins and Golden Calves,” Madeleine L’Engle
    “Addicted to Mediocrity,” Franky Schaeffer

    There are a few others listed on my website that I’ve been reading lately (and I really need to update my bibliography, too); I’ll be interested to see what books are on your list that I haven’t found yet!

  4. Sarah Jane said

    Thanks for posting that list, Stephen. You’ve got a number of books on there I haven’t read (and a few I’ve never heard of!) I’m really looking forward to tracking some of them down to read over Christmas break.

    Alida, It was “Culture Making” that inspired the idea of a list. That book really transformed the way I think about art and community… it’s disappointing how few people have even heard of it. I’m thinking of making it required reading for some of my students next semester.

  5. Alida said

    Culture Making really is a fantastic book. My copy is incredibly dog-eared, marked-up, and the binding is broken in so many places (although that’s from leaving it in a hot car where the glue softened… oops!), and it definitely shows how well-loved it is.

    As a visual artist, I’m not sure if this would be of great interest to you, but there’s a new book out called “Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue,” by Dale Savide (founder of CITA) and Todd Johnson. Excellent read.

  6. Doc said

    “I’ve been thinking recently that living in community isn’t just about good fellowship within the church, but about an arching sisterhood and brotherhood that transcends church walls and religious creeds. Is it possible there’s something communal in our salvation? More to come.”

    N.T. Wright explores this topic in “Surprised by Hope”. For a few snippets, see http://thenewcommunity.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/is-salvation-more-than-just-pie-in-the-sky-when-we-die-salvation-and-the-mission-shaped-church/

  7. Sarah Jane said

    Thanks for the recommendations, Alida & Doc. I’m looking forward to checking them out soon!

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