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The arts as well as being a cultural sphere are also the language of contemporary culture.
Over the past few decades the pace of cultural change in cities across the globe has accelerated considerably. It is therefore essential that the gathered Church both understands and takes its place at the center of city culture — as agents of beauty, compassion and collaborative creative transformation.
If you want to understand a city’s history, it’s changing story, it’s development and vision for the future, then where do you go but to its museums and galleries, libraries and theatres. You listen to the music and drama, read their poetry and literature; you explore art works and public sculpture, their architecture and design. All tell the story of the cities vision, beliefs and values. Culture and Art offer residents vision, hope and ideals to work towards as the Arts help to shape the way a populace thinks, feels and acts, and ultimately re-imagines our future.
Podcasts and TV, moving digital billboards to music, galleries, theatre and cinema, each give a voice to the zeitgeist of our age and speak into our everyday lives. Art is a language that we use to engage with the communities in which we live, the cities in which we serve and the cultural spheres that shape our societies.
How can we, as Church and Christians, contribute to the cultural conversations of our society?
Let’s expand our vision of how valuable the Arts are to us by nurturing and nourishing the creative talent within our congregations to extend the church beyond our own walls into the streets and the marketplace to offer compassion and ways to re-imagine our communities.
If you are interested in working with us on the development of this particular sphere, then please get in touch with Lesley Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org