I love walking! I remember walking in Snowdonia when, walking round llyn gwynant, I saw a full rainbow span the lake. I looked round the Lake and couldn’t see anyone else (it was chucking it down so nobody else would be mad enough to be there) and suddenly realised that I may have been the only person in the world that saw that rainbow. It was as if it was mine, painted for me.
Cron’s third principle to guide an emerging church is beauty.
I wish I knew more about the arts … but I do know this: Beauty can break a heart and make it think about something more spiritual than the mindless routine we go through day after day to get by. (Cron pg 198)
I too wish I knew more about the arts. I am the least arty person I know. The closest I get to art is writing sermons and doing theology. However, I do know that lot’s of folk who are capable of the arts often struggle in the church. Church does not easily offer space to express yourself (unless you are the preacher) and yet faith, as I have said before, is of the heart and the mind. Somehow, we have to find ways of allowing others to express their faith, their sense of otherness, their alterity.
But more than that, I need to seek out beauty. I need to go to art galleries, museums, watch films and theatre, go and see shows I’d never normally watch, walk mountains, find quaint villages, and walk canals.
But more than that, I need to find ways to express myself.
But more than that, I need to seek beauty, not just in the galleries and the fields, but in the places that I’d least expect to find it.
What does Beauty look like in Hanley? And for the folk of Hanley? How do I help the folk of Hanley express themselves?
You can make art about the Light, or you can make art that shows what the Light reveals about the world. I think the latter is what we want to do. In a fallen world beauty is a form of protest, a way to push back the darkness. (Cron pg 198ff)