Author Archives: commaandco

About commaandco

Poet and blogger at www.commaand.co encouraging personal creativity and linking arts and life

Church-leavers’ viewpoints – a gift to the church?

A secondhand copy of Alan Jamieson “A Churchless Faith – Faith Journeys beyond the Churches” (2002) has just thudded onto our doormat, and is being read with sighs of recognition and interest. This is an extensive survey of people in New Zealand who … Continue reading

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The Final Question: “Did you learn to love?”

What if, when you die, God asks you one question about your life and it is this: “Did you learn to love?” This was a throwaway line by prophet Bob Jones, in a video interview with Mahesh Chavda – but … Continue reading

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Where is the chew in church?

Wouldn’t it be interesting to go to a church meeting where, after an opening song, the pastor announced that the congregation would be writing the sermon? I think that would get most people’s attention.  The idea is that the congregation … Continue reading

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BILL VIOLA – “I’m going to say what it really means, what it is to me”

In this 28 minute interview, Bill Viola, the well-known video artist, talks about his practice and life. It’s wholly appropriate to have a artist in this medium explain himself through the same medium, video.  In fact, he found out the … Continue reading

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Found in Translation

Randomly, in my bookshelves, I re-encountered “Subversive Spirituality” a book by Eugene Peterson – best known for his translation of the Bible into modern-day (American) speech: The Message translation. While being a pastor, Eugene had spent a year on translating … Continue reading

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5 Reasons people don’t go to church

“Why my friends don’t go to church”, Madeleine Davis presents her findings at Greenbelt. Video. Continue reading

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Contemporary Art in St Paul’s Cathedral

Bill viola and Kia Perov see their new video installation in the church which commissioned it: St Paul’s Cathedral. They reflect on the experience of making.
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