TransFORM - a missional community formation network

Visual Artists, Musicians, Creative Writers, etc.


Visual Artists, Musicians, Creative Writers, etc.

One of my operating assumptions about missional communities is that they allow space for creative types to breathe... or to allow the Spirit's breathing through them. This group is for all self-identified artists to connect, & maybe collaborate.

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Planning for worship for TransFORM conference

Started by Amy Moffitt. Last reply by Ben Buss Feb 27, 2010. 7 Replies

Howdy all! First off, my apologies to those of you whom I contacted ages ago about being involved in the creative worship bits at TransFORM conference (I'm thinking particularly of Callid and…Continue

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Artistically, what are the challenges of bringing together the creative and the communal?

Started by nic paton. Last reply by Jay Smith Nov 10, 2009. 11 Replies

One of the dichotomies experienced especially in church life, is that of the demands of the community (to agree, cohere, empathise) and the artist (to challenge and create). It might be expressed as…Continue

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Comment by Tripp Hudgins on November 4, 2009 at 8:40pm
Just trying to link up here. I'm a musician.
Comment by nic paton on November 4, 2009 at 9:35pm
Hi Amy and Tripp. Nic from Cape Town checking in - musician, VJ, writer, curator of "space".
Comment by Amy Moffitt on November 4, 2009 at 9:43pm
I'm also a musician... a singer, learning guitar and mess around with Ableton Live some. Also a poet.
Would love to hear your stories, guys... I have found a great deal of freedom to create within worship in my local community It's hard for me to imagine going back to the usual role of church musician...
Comment by nic paton on November 4, 2009 at 9:55pm
Amy - Ableton - now you are approaching the Holy of Holies! Not to take this discussion into entrirely technical territory, but Ableton is uncanny in how it expresses this change from the linear to the pattern based. I'm actually blogging on this at the moment - see

Let's take this up again later - I have to get to sleep (its 3:53 am, and full moon, awUUUuuuu)
Comment by Tripp Hudgins on November 4, 2009 at 10:45pm
Ableton? I am totally unfamiliar.

I play mandolin, bouzouki, banjo and a little guitar. My principal instrument is my voice. That's how I came to be in the church in the first place. I was a choral singer. Great stuff. William Byrd and Thomas Tallis brought me to Jesus. These things happen.

Now I sing a lot of Celtic and bluegrass. It's all good to me.

Comment by Amy Moffitt on November 4, 2009 at 10:53pm
@Tripp Byrd and Tallis!! I DO miss singing that sort of music in the Roman Catholic church, but at the same time, the pressure of producing such a pure sound, devoid of any of the rawness of human emotion, was not generally very worshipful for me.

@nic I will definitely check out your blog post. Sleep well under the full moon!! :^D
Comment by Amy Moffitt on November 4, 2009 at 10:56pm
Hiya Callid, and thanks for joining the group. I know that nic won't be able to join us in DC in April, but Callid and Tripp, any thoughts about coming out here? I'm trying to put together a group of local musicians for the conference, and I'm fairly certain they'd be open to a jam session with anyone who was up for it. :^)
Comment by Tripp Hudgins on November 4, 2009 at 11:15pm
Very tempting. I am still working it out...We'll see.
Comment by Callid Keefe-Perry on November 4, 2009 at 11:27pm
I am going to try my dangdest to get out there. My conference and speaking schedule is busy for April, but this seem to be so exciting that I want to make it work. I would LOVE to be part of some collaborative art if I do come. For church work (at the moment) I am primarily a spoken word artist and group theatre leader, but I do sing and bang around on the guitar some. Let me know if any of that is something you want o cook up with me and then I'll have even more of a reason to come out!
Comment by nic paton on November 5, 2009 at 2:54am
Hold up: DC in April? Hmmm.

Tripp, I connect with you on the Choral, The Celtic and the Newgrass. I started playing mandolin @40, now I do as bunch of other acoutica as well: Zouk (Irish Bazouki), Mandola, Valiha (Madagascan Bamboo Zither), Ectara (Indian 1-string), Charango (Bolivian 10 string half guitar). Talk about a jack of all trades.

But I highly recommend Ableton Live, if you can relate to computers as musical instruments. Its a genuine revolution in sound.


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