…from faith to lifestyle in challenging times
It’s sometimes said that in the West, the Church and the visual and performative arts have changed places. Film and theatre thrust important social issues into the spotlight, while many churches only offer escapism via a polite form of entertainment that titillates and tames. Has faith lost a leading, dynamic role on the real world’s stage?
In the early Church, in Acts, the opposite was true. It was full of alternative life. In no way was it privatised or impractical. Even the mighty Empire felt threatened by the existence and practices of the early believers.
Holy City’s ‘Acting up’ programme this year takes its cue from the early churches and their revolutionary ways of being in the world. In workshops, reflection, discussion and worship, we’ll read the scripts, seeking inspiration for creative approaches and practical lifestyles that rehearse and perform meaningful action and spirituality. And we will put the economic, ecological and social challenges of our time centre-stage.
We’ll also be running some weekend (2 day) events separate from the monthly Holy City event itself throughout the year. These appear below in italics.
31st October: Prologue: Opening Acts
28th November: The Pirates Of Finance
19th December: The Kings, The Gods, The Stalls
26th-27th November: Curious Encounters Of The Gospel Kind
… a retreat in the city event with Pádraig Ó Tuama.
30th January: Peter Panorama
27th February: Citizen’s Theatre
27th March: High Church: The Liturgical Musical
24th April: Sister Acts
29th May: Epilogue: Closing Acts?
All dates (except the retreat) are:
Sundays @ 6.30 – 9.30pm
Renfield St Stephen’s Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow
(Note to regulars: curtains up is earlier than previous years!).
Further information: wgrg [at] iona [dot] org [dot] uk; 0141 332 6343.
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