Last Saturday George from Reboot the Roots led another great workshop using techniques from the Theatre of the Oppressed. Games, forming and dialoguing about group body sculpts and thinking about how we all interpret situations differently happened in the morning and in afternoon we used our own situations of oppression to think about how we can challenge and change difficult encounters. How are we all both oppressors and oppressed? It was great fun but more importantly left us all thoughtful and open to how we have the power to make a difference for ourselves and others in oppressive encounters. Thank you George and all participants.
George is running another Forum Theatre workshop focusing on Gender issues on May 4 and there are still spaces available. A donation of £10 covers costs. To book contact George at ReboottheRoots.org.uk
Last Sunday a large group of us went to Armley Mills Industrial Museum to visit a beautiful felting exhibition organised by Linda and others from across the region. The museum is an impressive array of 19th-century industrial history, and we also saw some awesome miniature steam toys and nostalgic Meccano collections. All fun, although one small person was less than fascinated…
Ted Schofield was inspired by Richards Sermon:
“What spoke to me about Richards sermon today was the moment when the two disciples went to find the tethered colt. (I have only pictured one here). Richard suggested that the disciples might be challenged by someone, as they had been told to expect, and they might feel nervous about taking the colt without the owner’s permission. So they are in the position of having to step forward in faith to do something they would not normally do. I have depicted another character on the right, who might be challenging the disciple on the left. Is she going to overcome her fear and take the donkey? And is the other character going to challenge her or assist her? The donkey waits to see who takes control.”
Last week (4th March) the congregation of All Hallows’ joined with St Chad’s and St Michael’s at St Chad’s to celebrate their patronal festival (a sort of birthday party!) Ted Schofield was inspired to produce the painting in response to the reading:
When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Ted Schofield has been inspired by David’s sermon on Jesus healing the man with the withered hand to produce these paintings. Ted says “the point that came across to me is that the man had the courage to stretch out his hand and reveal his weakness to Christ. I have created several different hands which represent different people and different kinds of pain.”
Readings: Luke 4 – Jesus in the desert testing his ‘Chosen One’ vocation vs. the Exodus story with the Israelites in the desert testing their ‘Chosen People’ vocation.
Heston took us through the parallel stories of the Israelites leaving Egypt and wandering in the desert for 40 years, and Jesus being tempted by the devil in his 40 day fast in the wilderness. The desert sand tray and water effects were all very effective!
Whereas the Israelites failed to keep faith with God, and created the Golden Calf whilst Moses was up Mount Sinai receiving the the Ten Commandments, Jesus turned the devil away and resisted all the temptations.
The two pictures can seem to tell an unattractive story. The people having a great time worshiping the calf are about to be thumped by Moses, whereas Jesus’s victory over the devil involves huge self denial.
The two images show the opposite reactions to this time of testing in the desert. The point that came through to me was that Jesus won through; whereas the Israelites lost heart, he showed he was stronger than the temptations of the world. But I wanted to show that he really was hungry…..if he hadn’t been, it wouldn’t have been a real victory at all.
Jesus being tempted to turn stones into bread in the wilderness
The Golden Calf….can you spot Moses?
Pictures by Ted Schofield, inspired by Sunday’s service.
On the 2nd February the Rev David Randolph Horn shared with us his thoughts on Luke 5:1-16. In the congregation that day was a really gifted artist, Ted Schofield, who felt inspired to produce the following pictures:
This Sunday we received a most wonderful present from our Muslim friends. The beautiful calligraphy above says All Hallows’ Church. It is rainbow coloured and has received much admiration already. People have commented on the colours, the shape (a tear) and that it looks like music – all of which we think fits All Hallows so well! We plan to put it in pride of place on the back wall of our worship space so that we see it as we go back out into the world.
What do you think of it?
We have had a lot of positive comments about this cross made by Kerry at the IDAHOBiT 2015 event a few weeks ago, so here it is for everyone to see. Hope you can read it! Click on the cross for a larger version.
Our all-age service on Sunday actively and creatively celebrated the story of John the Baptist, and his surprising baptism of Jesus. As Alison said, it often helps to act something out, to bring new experiences into our hearts. Different people had the experience of eating “locusts” and honey, or dove-making, and we all took part in a ritual act of writing something we wanted to let go of, and seeing it melt to invisibility in the waters.
I had been struck by the phrase “the heavens were torn open” when Jesus was baptized. God breaking into human life, a glimpse of a deeper reality and the possibility of new ways of being. Tearing blue paper envisioned this radical act, and when glued into a frieze, we caught glimpses of brilliant colours made by the children.
The prophet Isaiah prayed, “if only you would tear open the heavens and come down…” Hundreds of years later God did just that, to dramatic effect. What is it like when God does this today? And what is it like when God does it at All Hallows and in our community?